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What Your Students Need to Know Before High School: Physics


You can use any of a variety of science curriculum, or you can just do explorations and experiments that interest your students, but usually at some point homeschool teachers wonder if they have done enough. This often happens as you begin to think about the transition into high school. So, what do students need to know before they begin high school level physics?
Italy in the Renaissance
So much of physics is math related once students get to the high school level, but there is much to do before they get to that level...
Building Big: Suspension Bridges
Building

The Magnet...
Magnets
Weather: Temperature & Wind
Weather

Air Pressure Demonstrations
Air Pressure

The Water Cycle: Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation
The Water Cycle

Seeing the Effect of Changing Temperature
Temperature

Density, Buoyancy and Fish

Density
Buoyancy
Observing Snowflake Crystals
Crystals

The Difference Between Rocks and Minerals
Geology
Rocks, Minerals and Fossils
Layers of the Earth Model You Can Eat
Geological Formations

Viewing the Transit of Venus
Learning About Lenses
Lenses
Refraction
Optics
Light
Color
Sound Explorations
Sound

Electromagnets and Motors (Making an Electromagnet)

Electricity
Simple Machines
Simple Machines

Moving Energy in a Toy Car

Energy

How Does Weight Affect the Speed at Which an Object Falls?
Weight vs. Mass
Speed
Newton's Laws
Newton's Laws
Inertia

5 comments:

  1. This is so amazing. Do you use a particular book to know what needs to be covered?

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    1. No, I have used many books and looked at lots more. This is the result of all that reading and doing. I think it is a pretty good general list that you will find in most curriculums.

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  2. So many great exploration and activity ideas.

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  3. These are some great learning activities, Phyllis! You make it all seem so easy!

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