Teaching Science Through the Lives of ScientistsHeather Woodie
I love to help moms make science accessible so they can be “Yes Science Moms.” I encourage them to establish homeschool science confidence by choosing a solid science curriculum to serve as a foundation. Then from that base, they can branch out with other resources, unit studies, hands-on activities, field trips, and so on.
When looking for add-ons, consider biographies of inventors, chemists, astronomers, biologists, and geologists to match the science you are studying. It’s common to add biographies to a study of history, but biographies work for science studies too!
Especially beneficial when studying the stories of great scientists is to learn how they overcame adversity, according to a study reported by the American Psychological Association.
“At the end of a six-week grading period, students who learned about the scientists’ intellectual or personal struggles had significantly improved their science grades, with low-achievers benefiting the most. The students in the control group who only learned about the scientists’ achievements not only didn’t see a grade increase, they had lower grades than the previous grading period before the study began.”
5 Resources for Learning About the Lives, Times, and Science of Great Scientists
One of the great things about these 5 books is that they are written to children. Many of these activities and experiments can be done with minimal parent involvement. That makes scientific discoveries even easier!
- Thomas Edison for Kids– 21 activities all about the inventions and science of Thomas Edison.
- Galileo for Kids– This book leads kids down the path to modern physics and astronomy by way of Galileo’s experiments, theories, and works. There’s plenty of hands-on fun for students of all ages.
- The Ben Franklin Book of Easy & Incredible Experiments– Ben Franklin was a prolific man of science in addition to his many other talents. As the title suggests, students will get to investigate scientific principles right along with Franklin.
- Wright Brothers for Kids– If you are studying flight, then this is a detailed book of the history of flight and aviation coupled with a biography of the Wright Brothers. Aviators will have the chance to enjoy many science of flight challenges along the way.
- Leonardo Da Vinci for Kids– This book is a wonderful biography and science book all in one. Enjoy determining the launch angle of a catapult and learning to draw birds among other activities. You might also like Amazing Leonardo DaVinci Inventions which has more DaVinci fun for all ages.
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