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Homeschooling And Education Freebies: Resources For Summer Learning

Updated August 28, 2012

Keep your children learning this summer with these fun lessons and activities:

  • Internet4Classrooms Summer Learning -Free daily and weekly summer learning fun. Sign up to receive fun activities, links to great learning games, and other educational resources that will help you get ready for the school year. Grades Pre-K to 12.
  • Thinkfinity Summer Learning -A collection of links to fun activities and educational resources created by some of the nation’s leading educational organizations. Includes hands-on and online science activities, math games, reading and writing activities,  American history theme units and much more.
  • Summer Learning Across the USA -A 10 page excerpt from the workbook “Learning Across the USA”. Includes several states that have popular spots to visit especially during the summer. Each sheet includes space for students to fill in information they learn about each state. Older students can do independent research to find the answers. There is an answer key at the back, which can be used to teach the facts to younger students. Free this week from CurrClick.

Summer Activities for Fun and Learning contains 5 educational activities for Kindergarteners. Also see the older version for 5 different activities.

Fun Summer Time Activities and Games consists of 12 activities for students in the 1st grade.

  • Just Read, Families! -Free summer reading resources from the Florida Dept. of Education include a K-5 Summer Activities Calendar, a Middle School Activities Calendar -both with a month’s worth of daily activities- and a Summer Reading Activities Kit (PDF) with creative ideas for fun summer reading you and your children can do together while on vacation, at home, or on the road.
  • Hot Activities for Celebrating Summer! -A collection of 7 summertime lessons for reinforcing summer safety rules, visiting some great vacation spots, building a roller coaster and more. Grades K-12.
  • 101 Nature Activities -Activities and lessons created and collected from teachers, outdoor educators and the staff of Sanborn Western Camps to help children deepen their awareness and enjoyment of the natural world. Activities include nature scavenger hunts, nighttime activities, sensory awareness activities, games, hikes and much more. PDF download.
  • Kidsgardening Parents’ Primer -Online guide for “taking advantage of gardening moments with your kids every week in your own backyard … and front yard and in the garage and at the windowsill and in the basement …. Turn  your kids’ questions into fun discoveries and get garden-building basics too.” Be sure to check out Family Gardening Ideas for fun activities for each season of the year, and School Gardening for gardening curriculum; classroom projects; lessons and activities; and greenhouse guide and activities.
  • Camping: A Complete Unit Study -Turn your camping trip into an educational experience with this fun camping unit. Includes activities for math, science and nature; reading list, vocabulary words and writing suggestions.

And don’t forget your public library! Most libraries have some sort of summer reading program for children and/or teens and include any or all of the following:

  • reading contests
  • writing contests
  • crafts
  • hands-on activities
  • presentations
  • demonstrations

Plus, your library’s summer reading program is usually free!

Happy teaching,


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Life Along A Prairie River Free Poster And Educator Resources

Updated August 25, 2012

Explore the ecology of a prairie river with some free resources from The Oklahoma Biological Survey:

  • Life Along a Prairie River -Exploring the ecology of the wide and sandy rivers of the Great Plains. Free resources include a Prairie River poster by mail, a downloadable Educator’s Guide with activities and lesson plans to accompany the poster, and species profiles that can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format. A free Crayfish of Oklahoma poster is also available on the poster order form. For middle school grade levels.

Please note: Posters are no longer free by mail -prices are:

  • $5.00 for 1-3 posters
  • $6.00 for 4-6 posters
  • $9.00 for 7-10 posters

Posters may be picked up at no charge at:

Oklahoma Biological Survey
111 E. Chesapeake St.
Norman, OK 73019
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Happy teaching,


For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling page.

Free Live Science Rocketry Teleclass Today

Today you can join Aurora Lipper of Supercharged Science for a free Live Science Teleclass on Rocketry:

Free Science Teleclass:Rocketry - Which end of a rocket is the most dangerous? Uncover the universal laws of physical motion as you blast rockets that use a chemical reaction for propulsion!

Class date and time: Date & Time: Monday, June 7th at 11:00am in Alaska, 12pm for Pacific Time, 1pm for Mountain Time, 2pm Central Time, 3pm Eastern Time

The teleclass video is in wmv format (plays on Windows Media Player) and may be downloaded. Be sure and scroll down the page for FAQ plus tips on how to get the most out of the class.

A free teleclass on Alternative Energy will take place on June 21.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Fun

It’s time for some chemistry fun!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has found a neat collection of chemistry experiments for us today:

Home Science Experiments! (links)  -University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through this way cool page which contains over two dozen fascinating and fun science experiments you can easily do at home. These are tried-and-true kid pleasers, and are all great fun! Check them out and bookmark the site!

Procter & Gamble has some experiments using home cleaning products:

Science In The Box Experiments -Sixteen simple and fun experiments using common household soaps such as laundry detergent and dishwashing soap. For all grade levels, PDF format.

Did you know that you can do experiments with Alka-Seltzer?

Alka-Seltzer: Student Science Experiments -Eight chemical reaction experiments using Alka-Seltzer -including one for a rocket! For grades K-5

Your children can learn the chemical elements by playing some fun, interactive games from Sheppard Software:

Chemistry Games -Eight online games that teach the chemical elements and periodic table, for all knowledge levels.

Need some basic chemistry information?

Rader’s Chem4Kids -This site contains basic chemistry information for everyone -learn about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. Includes interactive quizzes to test your knowledge.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Let’s watch some shooting stars!

The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak  tonight, April 21/22.

Although the Lyrids are normally an average shower, with meteor rates of only 10-20 per hour, they often leave bright trails that last for several seconds plus they can also be unpredictable -in years past they have reached rates of over 100 per hour!

The best time to see the Lyrid meteor shower is after midnight tonight through the dark hours before dawn tomorrow morning.

For more information on the Lyrids, other meteor showers and meteor shower viewing tips, please visit the following links:

SpaceWeather.com: The Lyrid Meteor Shower
-Basic information on the Lyrids

Stardate Online: 2010 Meteor Showers and Viewing Tips -Good viewing tips for watching meteor showers

AMS Meteor Showers Page -Lists viewing activity from the 2010 Lyrid meteor shower, meteor shower basics, info on major meteor showers throughout the year and 2010 meteor shower calendar for all meteor showers (major, minor, variable and weak)

The Evening Sky Map -A free monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers. Printable, PDF format



PS: If you live in our area, one of the best places to go watch meteor showers is the Look Rock Observation Tower on the Foothills Parkway.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Fun Physics Experiments

Today’s freebie from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is a collection of fun Physics experiments:

Physics Experiments That You Can Do At Home (Pdf ebook) -A 22 page collection of fun and easy to do experiments about motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. Published by Professor Clint Sprott and his associates as a part of the Wonders of Physics outreach program at the Physics Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For even more fun with Physics, check out the following links:

Rader’s Physics4Kids
An introduction to the science of physics -contains basic information on:

  • motion
  • heat and thermodynamics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • light
  • modern physics -nuclear and quantum physics, radioactivity, fission, fusion

Includes online quizzes to go with each subject.

Little Shop of Physics: Online Experiments -Do some experiments right now, right where you’re at. Includes experiments with common household items, experiments with your computer to learn about your brain plus a few online, interactive experiments (needs the Shockwave plug-in). For all grade levels, some experiments require adult supervision.

Marvelous Machines -Teach your children about simple machines with this series of 21 experiments for levers, wheels and inclined planes. Designed for the 3rd grade.

Physics Central: Color Me Physics -Introduce children to physics in a fun, exciting way with these free pdf ebooks.  Includes:

  • a coloring book of 10 famous physicists
  • a fun activity book starring Abigail Atom with games and puzzles

Physics Central: PhysicsQuests

Story-based activities that expose middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user’s manual and materials for four physics experiments.

Past PhysicsQuests are available as free downloads in PDF format and include:

  • Spectra’s Power
  • Nikolas Tesla and the Electric Fair
  • Marie Curie’s Floating Classes
  • Ben Franklin’s Secret Message
  • The Search for Einstein’s Hidden Treasure

Strange Matter -Discover the secrets of “materials science” on this fun, interactive website. Learn how stuff is put together, how it can be used, how it can be changed and made better to do more amazing things. Site contains games, experiments, videos, downloadable family and teacher’s guides and much more. Really neat stuff!



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

If you are on dial-up internet and want to download large files, try a download manager. I use the free Orbit Downloader which allows downloads to be paused and resumed; for files that can’t be resumed, I schedule them for downloading at night.

Volcano Lightning

Did you know that volcanic eruptions sometimes create lightning?

Check out today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, last month’s eruption of the Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan:

Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning

Here are some more images of volcanic lightning:

National Geographic: Volcano Lightning

University of Alaska: Volcano Lightning

LiveScience: Redoubt Volcano 




Homeschool/Education Freebies: Teeth/Dental Care

Today’s freebies are all about teeth and oral hygiene.

Free ebook from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

A Child’s Book of the Teeth (PDF ebook) –A classic little book that teaches kids all about teeth: what they are, why we need them, how teeth do their work, animals & their teeth, baby teeth, molars, permanent teeth, wisdom teeth, the right way to brush, cavities, etc., etc. Very enjoyable text, and well illustrated with great line drawings.


Science experiments from HealthyTeeth.org:

Healthy Teeth Experiments and Activities –4 experiments for grades 4-6:

  • The Power of Fluoride
  • Acid Attack
  • Hidden Sugar
  • Floss is the Boss


Teeth Unit Studies:

  • Let’s Talk Teeth –A dental health/teeth study for grades K-5.
  • Homeschool Share Teeth Unit  –Includes mini-books, worksheets and hands-on activities. Uses the following books: “Throw Your Tooth on the Roof” by Selby Beeler, “Science Fair Bunnies” by Kathryn Lasky, and “Open Wide” by Laurie Keller.
  • Animal Teeth –Includes activities and printables, grades K-6.


Online Fun and Games:





For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Frost Flowers

Some ice formations we found in the holler last week…


“Ice ribbons”

These form from plant stems and dead wood.




“Needle Ice”

Needle ice emerges from dirt.



“Frost flowers” form when the water in the ground –or plant stem or dead wood- is above freezing and the air temperature is below freezing. The best time to see them is after a heavy, soaking rain followed by a freeze.

If you live in a dry climate, you may not ever see these –but maybe you can create your own…during freezing temperatures, place outside: a pot of wet soil or a piece of dead wood that has been soaked in water.

To learn more about frost flowers:

Ice Ribbons, Ice Flowers, Frost Flowers or whatever they might be called –Web page by Dr. James R. Carter, Professor Emeritus, Geography-Geology Department, Illinois State University




Super Science Site For Homeschoolers/Educators

Have you ever heard of The Happy Scientist?

Science educator Robert Krampf  is well known for making science fun with his exciting shows and hands-on experiments. Visit his website, TheHappyScientist.com, and you can sign up for the free “Krampf Experiment of the Week” newsletter, watch a neat science video and take a guess at the “Science Photo of the Day”.

If the free resources aren’t enough, become a subscriber at the Happy Scientist and get:

  • All of the videos –137 so far
  • 2 extra “subscriber-only” videos per month
  • Hundreds of experiments from the “Experiment of the Week” newsletter archives, sorted by subject –346 and counting

A subscription to the Happy Scientist is only $20 a year and if you subscribe by December 31, it’s only $15 -a fantastic price for a year full of science fun!

(If you’re a school superintendent or teacher, check out the special “school district” subscription price –$100 per school gives complete access for all your teachers and students.)

You can also:


Now let’s go find out about the power of beans. :)