Unschooling Resources: General Science Resources


Books

A Child's First Library of Learning by Time-Life Books
This series of satisfyingly simple hardcover books first asks a question (such as "Why do we see a mirage when nothing is there?" or "Why doesn't the world run out of oxygen?") and then answers it with a short paragraph or two, lots of colorful illustrations, and sometimes photos. This is geared toward younger children and is very engaging. With titles like Dinosaurs, Life in the Water, Our Body, Sky and Earth, Insects, How Things Work, and many more, curious kids won't be disappointed!

Explorabook: A Kids' Science Museum in a Book by John Cassidy and Klutz Press
An Amazing resource, once again, from Klutz Books! Explorabook offers dozens of great activities with magnets, light waves, bacteria, illusions and more! Highly recommended!!

Field Guides
There are so many kinds of field guides on science topics ranging from wild mushrooms to domesticated cats to rocks and minerals, and including everything in-between. These are some of the best science resources out there! Search for them at thrift stores and yardsales and pick up armfuls!

Horrible Science series by Nick Arnold
Including titles like Chemical Chaos, Ugly Bugs, Fatal Forces and Bulging Brains, this series combines witty text, cartoons, and even games and quizzes! Highly recommended.

How Come? by Kathy Wollard
This book poses a question ("How does the sun keep the planets in orbit?" or "How do clouds get electricity to make lightning?" or "Why do dogs see in black and white?") and answers it (sometimes debunking the idea behind the question, altogether) with engaging, often humorous, text and cartoony illustrations. Over 100 questions.

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? by Robert E. Wells
What's bigger than a blue whale? Why there are mountains, planets, stars, galaxies.... This book does a good job describing the enormity of the subjects. Also see Wells' What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?

The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milord
This book is a great way to find ideas for things to do in one's own backyard or neighborhood park. With activities ranging from making an underwater viewer to making a suet ball, to measuring the temperature within a snowbank, to making a flip-book of the moon's phases, this book is just overflowing with simple, enjoyable things to do together.

Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science by Dorling Kindersley
Chapters include: Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Ecology, Human Anatomy, Medical Science, Earth Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Electronics and Computer Science, and Mathematics. Filled with photos and illustrations, this is great for flipping through or for looking up specific information. Interesting and cool

What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells
What is smaller than a pygmy shrew? How about protozoa, bacteria, molecules, atoms, protons, electrons, quarks! This is a fun picture book. Also check out Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?


Movies and Shows

National Geographic and National Geographic Presents
Both shows can be watched for free online here.

Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
"The Body Machine," "The Energy Blues," "Interplanet Janet" and more . You can find these on cd/cassette or dvd/vhs.


Websites

Ask an Expert Sites (A great list)

Ask Dr. Universe (A favorite from the list above)

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Chronology of Events in Science, Mathematics and Technology
Timelines for oodles of subjects: photography, microscope technology, black hole physics, stellar astronomy, geology, etc.

The Exploratorium
Learn about the science of music, check the weather in space, find out about the science of skatboarding and much more!

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works Express

IKnowThat.com (Post #13)

Krampf's Experiment of the week (email sign up)

Launch Pad Science - Do-It-Yourself Experiemnts
Lots of interesting, simple experiements with intriguing explanations.

  M A S S I V E - Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere
With titles like "Lizards," "Marie Curie," "Tornado Twist," "New Math," "To Sir Isaac," and "Glucose Glucose" (Glucose -- ah, sugar sugar -- You are my favorite fuel....), science songs can be lots of fun. This database includes song samples (some full-length), lyrics, etc. Like what you find? Check out MASSIVE Radio, a free, streaming Live365 Internet radio station! You'll hear songs by They Might Be Giants, Science Groove, Weird Al, The Banana Slug String Band, Tom Lehrer (my favorite), and more!

The Magic School Bus website

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic's online games for kids

Nature Puzzles and Fun (from PBS)

Ology

  The Rudiments Of Wisdom Encyclopaedia by Tim Hunkin
A collection of thousands of strange, categorized facts in cartoon form. Amazing! Themes include biology, plants, science, engineering, medicine, psychology and more. (post #217)

The Science Explorer (experiments and activities)

Science Games and Puzzles

Science Jokes

Strange Matter

Science News for Kids

Science Toys
"Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles." A very cool site with tons of pictures and detailed instructions.

Science Toy Maker
Science toys both simple and complex. The illustrations definitely leave something to be desired, but the toys are great fun!

Who Wants to Win $1,000,000?
An online science trivia game modeled after the gameshow.

Windows Into Wonderland (Virtual field trips from the National Park Service)

zefrank's Gyro (Click "Open Control Panel" at top left)


Miscellaneous

Brock's Magiscope
A very cool microscope requiring no power source, no bulbs, etc. Well made. 20X magnification. Higher power eyepieces are available (up to 400X). Great for field work. Or, build your own microscope for about $1!
The Young Scientist Club
This club will send out different kits to kids each month. Lots of subscription options. Though very heavy on the curriculum end, the kits, themselves, are lots of fun. A very cool resource! (post #582)
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