Friday, July 31, 2015

Funtastic Unit Studies - Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers - Review

My daughters have always enjoyed hands-on science projects and science unit studies.  So we were pretty excited when we found out that we were chosen to review Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers from Funtastic Unit Studies.

Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers  is a hands-on approach to science that was designed by Susan Kilbride to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning. It contains 20 chapters.  The first ten chapters are for younger children ages 4-7, and the second ten chapters are for children ages 8-13. Each chapter is filled with fun science activities that teach a particular science concept. Each chapter contains a material list that is required for each unit. Most of the materials needed are common household items. 

The 20 Chapters are:
  1. Our Senses
  2. The Human Body
  3. Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
  4. Animals
  5. Insects and Their Kin
  6. Fun with Magnets
  7. Stars and Planets
  8. Health
  9. Beginning Plants
  10. Animal Ecology
  11. Insects
  12. Microscopes and Invisible Creatures
  13. Atoms and Molecules
  14. Matter
  15. Chemistry Fun
  16. Weather
  17. Force and Motion
  18. Simple Machines
  19. Light and Color
  20. Plants II

For the purpose of this review we chose to do Chapter 19: Light and Color. We had never really touched on that subject before and I thought that this review would be the perfect time to start. One of the first things that I really appreciated was the material list. I was able to scan through it and make sure that I didn't need to purchase anything. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we did in fact have all the supplies already in our home. 

Chapter 19: Light and Color was broken down into 7 parts:

  • Part 1: Direction that Light Travels
In this part my daughters were able to learn that light travels in a straight line by completing a pretty fun activity. They were instructed to set the activity up and follow the directions to see the path that light would indeed travel and how it also couldn't move sideways. Overall, I think it's safe to say that they really enjoyed the activity. 

  • Part: 2 What Can Light Travel Through?
In this part my daughters were able to learn about how some objects are either transparent, translucent, or opaque. They were able to pick objects, give a prediction, and then test each object to find the result. 

  • Part 3: Bouncing Light
In this section my daughters learned about reflected light and luminous light. There were three activities in this part. The first activity instructed my daughters to fill two glasses with water and put food coloring in one. They then were instructed to place both glasses outside and then take the temperature of each one after an hour. It was fun for them to see how the darker water absorbed some of the light and turned into heat. 

The next activity in this part was also pretty fun. It taught my daughters about the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection by using mirrors to bounce light. 

The last activity allowed my daughters to build and use their very own periscope. They enjoyed it. 

  • Part 4: The Speed of Light and Refraction
In this part my daughters learned about counting the seconds between lighting and thunder and also were able to take part in an activity that showed them about bending of light, refraction.
  • Part 5: Splitting Light
In this part my daughters learned about slitting light into various colors.  They were even able to take part in a few activities that allowed them to do it as well. They were surprised to learn that white light is actually beams of different colors mixed together.
  • Part 6: How We See Color
In part 6 my daughters learned how some light is absorbed by an object, and some of the light is reflected off the object. The light we see is actually the light that is reflected off of an object.
  • Test for Light and Color
The last part is a final test of the unit. There were ten questions that had multiple choice answers. 

I really enjoyed how all of the activities were very easy to understand. Including these activities actually made my daughters enjoy what they were learning about. I also like that the back of the book included an answer sheet for the tests. Some units have worksheets and these answers were also included in the back.

Final Thought

We thoroughly enjoyed our unit on Light and Color. We are also pretty excited to try out some more fun units soon. If you are looking for hands-on science you won't be disappointed with Science Unit Studies For Homeschoolers and Teachers.

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