Science Curriculum Alignment with Classical Conversations

Originally, I had planned not to do a formal science curriculum in addition to CC. I felt like our time would be stretched as it is, and we would just stick with CC memory work and kind of "unschool" the rest of science. However, as I started looking through the memory work I felt led to add some context to it, especially for my 9 year old. I then set out to find something that we both liked the look, feel and information AND was affordable AND aligned with the CC memory work...

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

In comes Answers in Genesis.... I compared it to Apologia (and while I think HIGHLY of Apologia, and we are using their Bible curriculum), I felt like AIG was a better fit for us and for CC.

  • Isabella and I both preferred the layout of the book and the pages.. more and larger pictures which were very colorful and engaging (both my girls are highly visual).
  • Some great experiments.
  • The content is written more factually and in a "textbook" style which I typically steer away from. However, for science, I like it. It also includes lots of extra "neat" facts and vocabulary.
  • Each lesson is very short which means if we only have 1 afternoon a week to devote an hour or so to science, we can make it work.
  • It is CREATION based... it goes a step forward and it based on a literal translation of the Genesis... as in the earth was created by God in literally 7 days, just 6,000 years ago (the "young earth" theory). I'm not against a young earth, but I've found more compelling biblical and scientific evidence that compels me slightly toward an old, God-created earth and a less literal translation of the word "day" in Genesis. That said, I don't KNOW and I'm ok with learning more and having my children learn from a young earth curriculum. I like this guy and how he speaks about the God-created old earth and biblical reasoning behind it:

Now to the curriculum goodies...

Alignment with Classical Conversations

Cycle 2 Science Memory work is as follows with corresponding AIG Book/Unit:

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  • W1    7 Types of Biomes     Properties of Ecosystems Lesson 1 & Unit 2 (all lessons)
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  • W2    3 Types of ConsumersSAME, Unit 1, Lesson 3
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  • W3    Parts of the food chainSAME, Unit 1, Lesson 3 & 4
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  • W4    Natural cycles   SAME, Unit 1, Lesson 6
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  • W5    Animals react to environment change   SAME, Unit 5 (all lessons)
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  • W6    6 forms of pollution   SAME, Unit 6 (all lessons)
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  • W7    5 Kinds of Stars   Our Universe, Unit 2, Lesson 6
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  • W8    Parts of the sun   SAME, Unit 3, Lesson 11 & 12
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  • W9    Names of the PlanetsSAME, Unit 4 (all lessons)
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  • W10Phases of the moon   SAME, Unit 3 Lessons 17 & 18
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  • W11Other bodies in the solar systemSAME, Unit 2 Lessons 8-10
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  • W12Names of US Space missionsSAME, Unit 5 Lessons 28-33
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  • W13States of matterProperties of Matter, Unit 3, Lessons 11-15
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  • W14Difference between an acid & a base   Properties of Atoms & Molecules; Unit 25 Lessons 21-23
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  • W152 Forms of energyHeat & Energy; Unit 1 Lesson 1
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  • W16Newton's 1st Law of motion (not sure yet)
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  • W17Newton's 2nd Law of motion(not sure yet)
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  • W18Newton's 3rd Law of motion(not sure yet)
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  • W191st Law of ThermodynamicsHeat & Energy; Unit 2 (Thermal Energy; I do not HAVE this book in my possession so I can't yet say whether it discusses these laws of thermodynamics)
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  • W202nd Law of Thermodynamics--- SAME
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  • W213rd Law of Thermodynamics--- SAME
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  • W22  3 characteristics of light   Heat & Energy; Unit 6 (all lessons)
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  • W23How does heat flow   Heath & Energy; Unit 2 Lessons 7-10
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  • W24Units used to measure electricityHeat & Energy; Unit 3 (all lessons)

You'd notice above that for several different weeks, I notated multiple lessons. This does not mean we would DO all those lessons in one week. We will skip around and read the parts that pertain to the CC memory work to give context to the terminology. We might also do some experiments as well.

I only have the first book that we will need for the first 6 weeks. I will then purchase Our Universe and use it for 6 weeks. Weeks 13-18 will require more research. It would require a couple of different books from the various series. I might find myself doing something different for that period unless I find a great deal on these books used. Then the last 6 weeks we will need the Heat & Energy book. The great thing is that some of these books can be used in other cycles as well for the aspects not covered in cycle 2 :-)

PS, I will be updating my printables to be more user-friendly and will upload them soon!