According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), twenty-first century students must be scientifically literate, possessing a basic knowledge of science and its processes in order to appreciate the wonders of the universe, analyze the problems presented by life, and develop appropriate and morally responsible solutions to those problems. Consequently, the Science Health and Wellness curriculum in our Catholic schools is an integral part of a well-rounded education. After all, as the NAS states, students “… must have knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”
To learn more about the science classes in the Archdiocese, visit the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis website’s science curriculum page, scroll down to the bottom, and click on the “View Curriculum” button.
On this page we introduce you to some resources to help your child experiment with science at home, just as previously we have given you other tools to help your child with reading, writing, and math. However, before we go any further, remember that all experiments must be done safely, with your permission and supervision.
Now without further ado, here are three science activity sites for budding scientists of all ages:
- Science Bob is all about “Random Acts of Science,” and on his blog, you can find everything from experiments, to research help, to ideas for science fair projects. Here you can also explore videos and Science Bob’s own experiment blog. If this science guy looks familiar to you, it may be because he often makes appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Live With Kelly” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” You may have also caught a glimpse of him on Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” or in People, Popular Science, Disney’s Family Fun, and WIRED magazines.
- Science Resources on Education.com has proven to be an award-winning resource for parents and teachers alike. Once you sign up (for free), you’ll have access to worksheets and activities for all grade levels at no cost. There are also lesson plans and worksheets available for a small price, however, you’ll be able to find tons of resources to use at home without any expense.
- Kids.gov: Science is a place to “learn stuff, play games, and watch videos” — need we say more? This site breaks down its resources into categories for Kids Grade K–5, Teens Grade 6–8, Parents, and Teachers. With links to The Smithsonian, NASA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others, your curious learner will have the scientific world at his or her fingertips.
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