Through interactive learning and simple experimentation, children explore the basics of chemistry in this 14-lesson unit. Each open-and-go lesson is filled with discoveries about how our world is affected by molecular-level changes. This course features step-by-step lesson instructions, captivating unit videos, and a video option for all experiments, making teaching chemistry easy and fun. This unit is recommended for Grades 5–8, though some younger children may enjoy participating. (Note: Most The Good and the Beautiful science units are family style for Grades 3-8.)
Each family will need one copy of the Course Book and one Student Journal per child. Don’t miss the read-aloud book pack available below to expand learning.
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Chemistry
Lesson 2 – The Scientific Method
Lesson 3 – Scientific Measurement
Lesson 4 – States of Matter
Lesson 5 – Phase Transitions
Lesson 6 – Elements, Atoms, and Molecules
Lesson 7 – Chemical and Physical Properties
Lesson 8 – Identifying Chemical Changes
Lesson 9 – Elements and the Periodic Table
Lesson 10 – The Atom
Lesson 11 – Molecules, Compounds, and Chemical Bonding
Lesson 12 – Conservation of Mass
Lesson 13 – Mixtures and Pure Substances
Lesson 14 – Properties of Water
Optional Suggested Reading
How the Unit Works
Required Course Items
Chemistry Course Book One Per FamilyDetails:
The full-color 112-page Course Book guides the parent through each lesson in the Chemistry science course. Hands-on activities, engaging videos, vocabulary words, beautiful illustrations and images, along with engaging information is found throughout the course. Once you gather any simple lesson supplies, the lessons are open-and-go. Just turn to a lesson and start reading and learning together! This course is taught family-style and only one Course Book is needed per family.
A Student Journal for each child is also needed to complete this course.
Chemistry Student Journal Grades 5-8 One Per StudentDetails:
Each student grades 5–8 needs their own copy of the 40-page Chemistry Student Journal, which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities. The Chemistry course and Student Journal are created for grades 5–8 and already contain upper-level work, so no Lesson Extensions are needed or included in this unit.
Optional Suggested Reading
Chemistry Read-Aloud Book PackDetails:
Three engaging, interactive books included in the optional Chemistry Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Chemistry study. Purchase above.
- Marie Curie by Robin McKown
- The Book of Elements by Erin Sprout and Isaac M. Hagenbuch, PhD
- The Story of Alice Ball by Jennifer Lerud
The Good and the Beautiful Christian Worldview
The Good and the Beautiful curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church, but on high moral character and basic Bible principles such as gratitude, honesty, prayer, and kindness. Parents can add in their own doctrinal beliefs as desired.
The curriculum is reviewed by members of many different faiths to make sure that the curriculum does not include doctrine specific to any Christian church. We have reviewers and users of the following denominations and more: Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazarene, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists.