Unit Study Planning Guide for Science
Although no one covers "everything there is to know," following a prepared plan will help you to prevent major “holes” in learning.
You can use a plan prepared by someone else such as a scope and sequence in textbooks, the one prepared by World Book, or your state standards. You can also create your own plan using The Checklist.
Here is one possible plan. I've also included links to free unit studies I've created to go with them, if available.
This plan is organized for a six year period. If you continue unit studies in middle and high school, simply repeat the pattern using more difficult materials. I will continue to add to this as I write more resources.
Anatomy: Five Senses (Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, Smell), Safety
Geology: Rocks & Minerals
Botany: Plants, Plant Identification, Parts of a Plant, Life Cycle
Physics: Sound, Hearing, Doppler Effect, Speed of Sound, Transportation
Zoology: Insects, Bugs, Spiders
Astronomy: Time, Calendars, Seasons
Oceanography: Oceans, Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, Water Pollution
Physics: Light, Rainbows, Colors, Speed of Light, Reflection
Zoology: Mammals, Animal Habitats, Amphibians, Reptiles, Dinosaurs, Birds, Worms
Meteorology: Weather Forecasting, Climate, Clouds, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, & Other weather disasters
Oceanography: Ocean Life (Fish, Sponges, Crustaceans, Mollusks, Plant life)
Physics: Simple Machines, Technology, Inventors and Inventions
Anatomy: Health, Medicine, Nutrition, Genetics
Astronomy: Planets, Sun, Moon, Moon Phases, Tides, Constellations, Asteroids, Milky Way, Comets, Meteors
Botany: Biomes, Unusual Plants, Uses of Plants, Gardening
Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, Gravity
Zoology: Animal Classification, Camouflage, Migration, Hibernation, Conservation, Food Chains, Life Cycles, Microscopic Creatures
Geology: Earth’s Composition, Landforms, Soil, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Erosion
Oceanography: Ocean Exploration, Ocean Resources
Physics: Physical Science Unit, Sources of Energy, Laws of Motion
Anatomy: Body Systems
Astronomy: Space Exploration, Astronauts, Flight
Chemistry: Matter, Compounds, Elements, Chemical Changes, Temperature, Uses of Chemistry