About this time of the year when fall and winter start setting in, I always like to share some freebies that give me a quick and free (always nice) way to change my pace.
Okay, okay, you know I love freebies and I always store them and organize them so I can share with you too.
With all the wonderful free educational things online sometimes it can take long to sift through the ones not worth messing with and the ones that can add enrichment to your day. So I have done that for you today.
Since they are free too, they are great options to even just drop what you’re doing and switch gears. Change is good and when change in curriculum is free, it’s pretty sweet.
Remember, download each guide and keep it because all the downloads are just full of fun things and ideas to do. Besides, some of the freebies go away after a time.
So today, I have 5 free and fun science activities for homeschooled kids. Okay, maybe I have a bit more as I started collecting.
1.Alaska Songbird Institute has a Creamer’s Field Student Activity Book. Free 28 page download.
This is a fun way to learn about birds with the little guys and for the kids that like to color.
Though it’s a guide for that area, it has several different birds in it like geese, ducks, birds of prey, cranes, chickadees and sparrows.
Each page has a color number code so you know what color to color the bird.
Just print off the guide, do with your children and enjoy.
2.This guide has already been archived so you want to be sure to download it. This next free 23 page .pdf download is intended to be used in a nature reserve, but it has so many excellent pages.
From habitats, to bird beak matching to dormouse and bird identification sheets, it is full of activities.
You can even scoot out doors to see if you can find some of these shrubs and trees in your area. It has a sheet for a newt lifecycle, hummingbird moth lifecycle and a bramble lifecycle.
From beginning to end, it’s a cool download full of helpful and interesting tidbits.
3. Another favorite of mine is the New England Aquarium site. Winter would not be complete without talking about penguins. I have used the Penguin Teacher Guide and love it. It is a 28 page download.
Why create any extra printables when they are all there for free and nice?
It includes information on the various penguin species, penguin anatomy, behavior, habitats and conservation.
4. The next freebie, which is the Boston Harbor Seaside Educator’s Guide comes from that same site. Such a great site especially for those two gems. It is a 90 page .pdf download.
This guide is for an upper elementary to middle school age.
It has a lot of background information and a couple of ideas for hands on activities if you are studying about tides and plankton.
It has information about the rocky and sandy shores, tidal mudflats, salt marshes — and the creatures such as harbor porpoises and seals, fish and waterfowl, mussels and kelp that inhabit them — that are accessible from Boston Harbor, or any New England coastal area.
5. Next are SEVERAL pdfs on this page from the Florida Sea Grant program. There are about three .pdf downloads of plant name cards for studying about beach plant life. Grab this one about Coastal Plants.
They would go well in a pocket on a lapbook or a notebooking page.
There is third grade curriculum about manatees and fourth grade curriculum about whales and dolphin.
I also love the 21 free food web cards on the Estuary Food Web Activity .
We haven’t done the edible estuary that is for grades K to Gray, (love) but we are eyeballing that one.
Grab the beach coloring book and the beach scavenger too off that page.
Also, there is a free curriculum for middle and high school students about sea turtles.
Grab ’em and enjoy.
Hugs and love ya,