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What order do the science units go in?

Most of the science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject.

Are the science units consumable? Do I just need one copy per family or group?

Most pages in the science units are non-consumable, such as mini books, instructions to the teacher, charts, experiment instructions, and so on. However, each unit contains a small number of pages that are consumable, such as worksheets for the children.

You only need to purchase one copy per family or group. The printed packets will also come with a PDF download of the unit so that you may print any additional pages you’ll need if teaching more than one child.

In what order will future science units be released and when?
Because we have different teams working on different units at different speeds, we do not know exactly what order science units will release in, and we do not have any release dates, although we hope to release at least three units a year. Here is the release order that we anticipate:
  • Birds (release planned for early 2021)
  • Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish
  • Meteorology
  • The Human Body
  • Paleontology
  • Health
  • Motion and Simple Machines
How do I plan my science curriculum for the year? How many units do I need for a school year?

The science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject. Each unit has a varying number of lessons, and each will take a different amount of time to complete. We recommend that you complete at least 2 science lessons a week. Each unit includes 6–24 lessons.

Why do the units not come spiral-bound or hole-punched?

Science units are not spiral-bound because so many pages need to be cut, removed, or copied. Units are not three-hole punched because they contain items such as mini books and vocabulary-wall words. Many customers hole-punch their units after removing the portions they’d like to keep whole and use a 3-ring binder to keep everything organized. See ideas about how to organize the science units by clicking here!

What age should my child start science?

Our science units are designed for children in grades K–6 with extensions for grades 7–8. Many young children enjoy science and may begin when they are kindergarten age.

Are the lesson extensions for grades 7–8 sufficient to cover grade requirements?

Yes, our lesson extensions are sufficient for 7th and 8th graders. You may take a look at the lesson extensions in the sample pages for each unit. We do not have plans to release science courses for grades 7–8. However, we do have optional books for 7th and 8th graders that accompany select units and and which give students practice reading more difficult science material. We are currently working on additional books for the remainder of the units.

If I previously purchased Introduction to Energy and Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound, which lesson extensions coordinate with the old edition lessons? When should I complete the new lessons?
The 7-8 extensions available for free above for those who previously purchased Introduction to Energy and Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound can be used at the end of each lesson with no problem. They are not directly integrated with the lesson and instead cover corresponding topics. You will need to match up the extension to an applicable lesson. Although the lessons are varied with a lot of reformatting and streamlining, here is a rough guideline of what lessons from previous units correspond with the new Energy unit:
Lesson 1- Introduction to Energy Lessons 1 and 3
Lesson 2- Introduction to Energy Lessons 4 and 5
Lesson 3- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 2
Lesson 4- Introduction to Energy Lesson 2 and Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 1
Lesson 5- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 3
Lesson 6- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lessons 4-5
Lesson 7- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 6
Lesson 8- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 7
Lessons 9-12- New Lessons
Lesson 13- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lessons 8-9
Lesson 14- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 10
Lesson 15- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 11
Lesson 16- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 12
Lesson 17- Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound Lesson 13
Lesson 18- Introduction to Energy Lesson 6
If you had previously purchased the older editions of our energy units, we suggest completing the Introduction to Energy unit, followed by the Energy: Heat, Light, and Sound unit and finishing your study by adding in the new lessons on electricity and magnetism. Alternatively, you may choose to reorder the lessons to match the outline above.
How should I print the science units?

When printing the science units, make sure you print the consumable pages single-sided. This will include vocabulary words, mini books, and activity sheets. Lessons may be printed double-sided, but our physical copies are all sent single-sided.