The Physics Classroom lessons to read along with animations and simulations
High School Physics flexbook, video enhanced
Sustainable Energy U flexbook, six chapters
Physics Textbook for Senior High Students This one seems to actually be many books and much more indepth. 300 pages on relativity anyone? But from the pages I’ve read, it’s very readable.
Color Me Physics L/M Learn about famous physicists
Color Me Physics L/M Learn about atoms and circuits with a board game
Physics in Action Watch almost 250 physics videos — not lectures, demonstrations of physical laws
Physical Science U You might want to consider using this to guide and record your research if you don’t have a curriculum. They are notebooking pages and lapbook pieces. It is made to complement the Apologia textbook. Apologia gives out free textbooks through the Homeschool Legal Defense Fund to families in need.
Physics Quests (made for middles school students) Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair (solutions), Marie Curie’s Floating Classes (solutions), Ben Franklin’s Secret Message (solutions), The Search for Einstein’s Hidden Treasure (solutions)
(see Faraday’s Lectures on the “Robinson” page, level 10)
Timeline of Aviation Small cards you can print with dates, pictures and info already on there…can be placed in a notebook or on a wall timeline–nice! (NASA)
Mini Course on Aeronautics for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, read the “book” and click on lesson plans to get the experiments to go with it
When Pigs Fly L/M Lesson and game about lift, thrust, drag, etc.
Build a hovercraft (give your email address and they send you free science experiments and videos)
Construct a Paper Rocket (all ages–by NASA)
Gravity M/U Hands-on activity by NASA, students find the center of gravity and learn how it effects
Motor Rotor L/M Hands-on activity by NASA
Lift Lesson online
Thrust L/M Hands-on activity by NASA
Thrust M/U Hands-on activity by NASA
Design an airplane M includes lessons on flight first before you begin designing
Future Flight Design M NASA interactive website
Smart Skies M/U NASA use math for air traffic control
Virtual Skies U Website designed by NASA to teach high-school students about aeronautics, aviation research, navigation, and other associated areas…includes not only info but online activities to test out your skills
The Case of the Challenging Flight 1 hr. SCI Files episode on the forces of flight (comes with teacher guide)
Electricity Experiment video You need to enter your email address to watch the video, but they will send you lots of free science videos so it’s a good list to be on.
Electricity Lapbook M at the top of the list of links there is a link to download the lapbook pieces, tons of links
Electricity Lapbook L (made for second grade) includes a couple of links
Generating Electricity diagram of model of how it works
Electricity Experiments for kids
Learn all about circuits L/M Learn, play, quiz, several topics, Nice!
Learn the difference between parallel and series circuits M
Video on how humans conduct electricity 3 min. L and maybe M — it is pretty cool
Does it conduct electricity? Experiment data recording sheet
Make the energy flow — alternative energy circuits
The Case of the Electrical Mystery 1 hr. SCI Files episode on electricity (comes with teacher guide)
The Einstein Theory of Relativity Lorentz (relatively :) short book)
Relativity Video youtube
Roller Coaster Science Experiment video (you have to enter your email address to get access, but they will send you lots of free science videos and experiments)
Roller Coaster Online Activity from the JASON curriculum This is really made for the U crowd, but your younger kids will love it too.
Energy at Work in the Ocean — Waves M
Solar Energy learning and several activities (3rd -12th grade)
Alternative Energy online game (just a little game where you catch the sun with solar panels, wind with turbines…)
Non-renewable Resources online game (a little game where mice eat up the non-renewable energy sources)
Make a pizza with solar energy (no real special parts needed)
The Case of the Missing Joules Humorous two-page story about energy conversion including some math problems that use an energy-conversion table.
Four Stroke Engine Make a model
Energy Analysis U (a week’s worth of work analyzing energy trends)
The Case of the Energy Crunch 1 hr. SCI Files episode about energy (comes with teacher guide)
- Engineering / Architecture
Teach Engineering L/M/U K-12 resources — tons of stuff
Building Big PBS site explores: bridges, domes, skyscrappers, tunnels and dams, architects. There are historical parts, interactive lessons on how things work, and try it yourself challenges. Looks like 2 weeks of materials to me–says it’s for 5th-8th grade.
Build a Bridge online game (download)
Build a Bridge out of file folders — pdf book download and software download
Mini Workbook — with suggested activities and links
Build a Car online activity (everyone could do this)
Fantastic Contraptions build machines online to do specific tasks — WARNING ad at the beginning
Take a tour under New York City (text or listening) by National Geographic
Design a Cell Phone online game: research, design, test, sell
Gravity L Online game, change the gradient to make the truck roll
Build a House of Cards L/M to talk about pushing forces from every direction
Friction M Online game, how different surfaces effect the level of friction
Friction M Worksheet What level of friction do different materials have?
Gravitational Force M/U Using comets, an exploratory lesson about gravity, mass and angle
Learn about Gravity in the Universe M learning website
Gravity in the Universe — experiment
Forces Worksheet M Label what forces are at work
Forces Worksheet M/U includes vector drawing
Amusement Park Physics U interactive
Sum of All Thrills Math Moves U Use your math to solve physics equations to build a roller coaster, 6th-8th grade
Momentum Build a momentum machine
The Physics of Jumping U lesson plan from Sea World / Busch Gardens
Car Crash U Investigate a fatal car crash and figure out the forces involved
Ball Drop draw lines to bounce the ball, change angle, rate, gravity and experiment
Low/High Air Pressure Experiment (hair dryer)
Experiment: fill a glass 2/3 full of water and cover with an index card. Hold the card in place securely and flip the cup over. Remove your hand. The 14.7 pounds per square inch of air pressure will hold the water in it’s place.
Air Pressure/Water Pressure L Experiment
Water Pressure/Displacement M Experiment
Variables Change the angle, the wind, the force of explosion, the weight to shoot the human cannonball
Light Interactive learning using stars: color, waves, heat; click on “All about Light” for the facts
Light Experiment Video you need to enter your email address to get the video, but they will send you lots of science video freebies
The Case of the Mysterious Red Light 1 hr. SCI Files episode about light, where do the colors of the sunset come from? (comes with teacher guide)
(see science math sections under “space” on the Earth Science page)
Magnetism Experiment video You need to enter your email address to get access, but they will send you lots of free science videos so it’s a good email list to be on.
Magnets M online game
Laws of Motion M lesson plan from Sea World/Busch Gardens
Newton and the Three Laws of Motion (learn them here–website)
- Simple Machines
Simple Machines workbook M simple, but it has a lot of writing
Lesson, experiment ideas for each (you’ll find the links to each machine from this page)
Lapbook (same page as above, scroll to near the bottom for download link)
Online Game Identify simple machines at work in everyday objects (edheads)
Compound Machines online game (edheads)
Explanation and pictures of simple machines and quiz on spotting simple machines in other gadgets
Design a machine to put a marble into a cup (This is from NASA)
The Case of the Powerful Pulleys 1 hr. SCI Files episode on pulleys (comes with teacher guide)
Grain Strain Machines game (just a little game where you connect conveyor belts and other things to move grain)
Sound Vibrations Experiment video You need to enter you email address, but they will send you lots of free science videos so it’s a good list to be on.
The Case of the Deafening Sound 1 hr. SCI Files episode about sound (comes with teacher guide)