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I read some more and found that homeschool elementary science is available either directly from Science4Us or as part of the comprehensive Time4Learning 3rd homeschool program. Here’s the review that I saw on the Science4Us site for homeschoolers:

The Engage, Explore and Explain activities are my favorites. The variety of activities within each module really engages my children and gets them into the curriculum. The access to different grade levels allows me to use the site with both children.

The evaluation activities are fun, engaging, effective and one of my children’s favorite things on Science4Us. The “Show What You Know” style presents the evaluation in a fun manner that doesn’t make it seem like a test. My children also enjoy the topics, the language activities and the music. The variety within a module and the consistency from module to module makes this one of their favorite sites.

The offline activities are an extension of, rather than a rewording of the online activities, which is an extra value I appreciate. Plus, my children gain confidence because they can complete these on their own time and they choose which offline activities they prefer to complete based on their interests. So far, they have chosen to complete ALL of them!

Science4Us utilizes the inquiry-based 5E Instructional Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) as an effective educational approach shown to improve students’ science achievement (Bybee, Gardner, Van Scotter, Powell, Wesbrook, & Landes, 2006). S4U uses casual games, animation, video, embedded assessments, grade-appropriate reading passages, read-alouds, vocabulary exercises, electronic notebooks and virtual laboratory experiences for whole class, small group, or individual use. S4U is teacher friendly and provides students with recursive learning opportunities that can confront and correct naïve ideas and misconceptions. Students, be they pre-readers or literate, are guided through the multimedia experience at their own pace. The S4U curriculum provides a suggested sequence for usage and includes opportunities for differentiated instruction through leveled, offline support materials, activities and usage models. A student portfolio is compiled as journal entries are created and activities completed. Automated assessment reports are generated at the end of each activity to show student growth. The assessment reports depict when an activity was attempted, when it was completed, and time spent to complete the activity. Additionally, a record of students’ responses is catalogued on scorable activities. The assessment reports allow the teachers to evaluate, in real-time, students’ progress, thereby allowing the Evaluate component of the model to be continuously integrated. Student progress is presented digitally in an online “grade book” as a built-in function of the S4U management system for teachers.

A key component of S4U’s methodology is to provide professional development to teachers in small, easily-digested chunks at the time teachers most need it. The S4U internal professional development components includes short videos, embedded teacher guides, teaching strategies, and offline support materials including lesson plans, hands-on investigations, evaluations, as well as student literacy and demonstration of mastery activities. The professional development tools are designed to enhance teachers’ instructional approaches and content knowledge. Each module includes content specific videos regarding background knowledge, common misconceptions, proper conception, and best teaching practices. S4U is aware of the sensitivity teachers may have about weaknesses in their own content knowledge, so the curriculum provides information to teachers as short embedded videos that can be viewed, or read, at the teachers’ convenience. In addition, S4U will provide videos of teachers engaged in best science practices and will provide teachers with an opportunity to hear master science teachers reflect on their practice. The Science4Us professional development materials incorporate the new Standards for Science Teacher Preparation (SSTP) from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The SSTP framework seeks to help teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to become effective science teachers. These new standards will be implemented starting in the 2012 school year (Veal, 2011). S4U, by providing embedded, content-based professional development, is poised to address the goals of these new standards.

In third grade, the new challenge is accumulating words, learning third grade vocabulary. Why? It works like this: in kindergarten through second, the major focus is phonics and decoding. Kids learn these basics. In third grade, they start to read real chapter books which they can only hope to do if they accumulate the vocabulary that they need. Here’s some info on 3d grade spelling and vocabulary word study should be like (from VocabularySpellingCity):

VocabularySpellingCity offers a wide range of free third grade spelling and vocabulary word lists. Teachers can choose from hundreds of word lists to assign engaging, interactive games in phonics, spelling, or vocabulary. VocabularySpellingCity also provides activities and printable worksheets to supplement the third grade language arts curriculum.

Third grade spelling lists include Dolch and Fry sight word lists; word structure lists (contractions); and VocabularySpellingCity’s beginning spelling curriculum, which is aligned to the research of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Third grade students can practice grade level literacy skills, like compound words, through the use of VocabularySpellingCity’s interactive online games.

Learning third grade math words in the right context is a challenge even for third graders. For example, the term “degree” can have many meanings, with several that are particular to 3rd grade math vocabulary itself. Keeping track of the many varying usages of terms for math study can be daunting. Still, thanks to targeted online games and corresponding printable worksheets, learning these alternate 3rd grade math definitions can be as simple as 1-2-3!

The third grade math vocabulary lists are based on the Common Core Third Grade Math Standards. Third graders can use the automated reader to listen to the third grade math terms that they need to learn. They can also gain concrete experience through the many interactive and exciting math vocab grade 3 games available to them. Every child responds better to elementary math vocabulary when it is presented in context rich, meaningful ways. Third grade students who use the themed math vocabulary lists gain math confidence and benefit from math vocabulary drills and practice that keep them interested and coming back for more!

Now science and social studies for third grade has more diversity around the country. While math and language arts are, despite the bruhaha, standardized around the country thanks to the CCSS, there were no real set of social studies standards published. Well, to be honest, the social studies standards were developed and were published by the much less prestigious National Council on Social Studies:

The fourth specialized area of vocabulary for third grade is …Yes, it is science. The NGSS standards or framework has helped develop some national level of standards and it’s moving forward slowly. VSC has some third grade science vocabulary words accumulated and collected. Here is an example list of third grade science vocabulary for space science: 1.