Soon we will dive into the study of Earth Science, and we have compiled a list of our favorite resources to share with you!
Of course, our favorite hands-on resource is our 12-week Earth Science Bundle. If you are new to us, our science bundles include a Parent Guide chock full of discussion starters to help you guide a meaningful conversation based on the Scientific Method, scientific background to read aloud, connections to Scripture, and, of course, instructions for fun, and easily achievable, hands-on projects. Our bundles also include Student Lab Notebook, where students can hypothesize, record data, and interact with Scripture.
This is easily the most cost-effective resource, since our 12-week bundle includes everything you will need for a meaningful dive into Earth Science for just $1.65 per week! Classical Conversations families will be especially excited to know that each week is specifically designed to match up with Cycle 1 memory work! (For a complete Cycle 1 match-up, check out our 21/22 School Year Pack!)
Here are some of the other general Earth Science resources that we love! Our 12-week Earth Science Bundle includes additional resource ideas that match-up specifically with each week for additional help!
*Note: Most of these resources have been personally reviewed by me, but not all. Biology resources, especially, often include an evolutionary theory viewpoint, and that is true of some of the resources below.
“The Ultimate Book of Planet Earth,” by Anne Sophie Baumann. A pop-up and lift-the flap title for Middle Elementary and younger.
“The Geology Book,” by John D Morris
“Big Book of Earth and Sky,” by Bodie Hodge
“Everything Rocks and Minerals,” National Geographic Kids
“World of Wonder: Mountains,” by Charlotte Guillain and Chris Madden
“Mountains,” by Seymour Simon
“Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro,” by Geronimo Stilton
“Volcano and Earthquake,” DK Eyewitness
“Erupt!” National Geographic Kids
“Eyewitness Ocean,” by DK
“Ocean Anatomy,” by Julia Rothman
“Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia,” Smithsonian
“Ultimate OceanPedia,” National Geographic Kids
“The Big Book of the Blue,” by Yuval Zommer
“Weird but True Ocean,” National Geographic Kids
“Icebergs and Glaciers,” by Seymour Simon
“Earth: The Definitive Guide,” Smithsonian
“Earth: Our Created Home,” by the Institute for Creation Research
“US National Parks: Lands of Wonder,” by DK Eyewitness
Living Books and Read Alouds
“Journey to the Center of the Earth,” by Jules Verne. A classic science fiction novel for Upper Elementary and older.
“Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth,” by Joanna Cole. A fun picture book fiction for Middle Elementary and younger.
“A Drop Around the World,” by Barbara McKinney. Beautifully illustrated picture book for Middle Elementary and younger.
“Footprints in the Ash: The Explosive Story of Mount St. Helens,” by John Morris and Steven Austin. A living book read-aloud for all ages describing how the systems of the Earth are interconnected, while debunking evolutionary geology theory.
“Julie the Rockhound,” by Gail Langer Karwoski
“A Rock is Lively,” by Dianna Hutts Aston
“Christian Heroes Then and Now: Footprints Over the Mountains, Sundahr Singh,” by Janet and Geoff Benge. The biography of an Indian missionary who trekked through the Himalaya Mountains. A powerful story; some mysticism of the native culture is included.
“My Side of the Mountain,” by Jean George. A fictional work, but worthwhile literature that could pair as a complementary read-aloud.
“Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay,” by Alexandra Stewart
“You Wouldn’t Want to Climb Mount Everest,” by Ian Graham
“I Survived: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens,” by Lauren Tarshis
“Vacation Under Volcano,” Magic Treehouse #13
‘Will it Blow? Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens,” by Elizabeth Rusch
“Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens,” by Patricia Lauber
“How Hot is Lava and Other Questions about Volcanoes,” by Kelly Smith
“Footprints in the Ash,” by Steve Austin and John Morris
“Can You Survive an Earthquake?” by Rachael Hanel
“What Was the San Francisco Earthquake?” by Dorothy Hoobler
“Magic Treehouse: Earthquake in the Early Morning,” by Mary Pope Osborne
“If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake,” by Ellen Levine
“Dig to the Centre of the Earth: An explorer’s guide to the world beneath our feet,” by Dougal Stewart
“The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor,” by Joanna Cole
“Otis and Will Discover the Deep,” by Barb Rosenstock
“Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep Sea Submersible Alvin,” by Michelle Cusolito
“Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea,” by Steve Jenkins
“Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharpe Maps the Ocean Floor,” by Robert Burleigh
“Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle,” by Claire Nivola
“Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau,” by Jennifer Berne
“Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist,” by Evan Griffith
Glaciers and the Arctic
“The Endurance: Shackleton’s Perilous Expedition in Antarctica,” by Meredith Hooper
“The Arctic Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure,” by Martin Sandler
“The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations,” by Alootook Ipellie
“Ice Drift,” by Theodore Taylor. A fictional story for ages 8-12 set in the Arctic.
“Alfred Wegener,” by Greg Young
“Erosion: How Hugh Bennett Saved America’s Soil and Ended the Dust Bowl (Moments in Science),” by Darcy Pattison
“The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever,” by H. Joseph Hopkins
“The Rainforest Grew All Around,” by Susan Mitchell
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