Our Christmas studies have been going well. We’ve been covering Christmas themed Bible, social studies, math, foreign language, music and language arts lessons since the beginning of December. However, science studies have been lacking. For our final week of learning of the semester, we’ll be focusing on science but will still be keeping our Christmas theme.
How It’s Made is a science discovery site which features short videos. Here your family can watch how glass ornaments, artificial trees, and candy canes are made. http://www.sciencechannel.com/search/?q=how+it%27s+made+christmas
Made How is a “new to me” site. While exploring there, I found helpful articles explaining the background, materials, design, and manufacturing of popular holiday items. This site doesn’t have an index or search bar, so I’ve linked to each item individually below.
Artificial Snow http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Artificial-Snow.html
Model Trains http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Model-Train.html
Glass Ornaments http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Glass-Ornament.html
Greeting Cards http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Greeting-Card.html
Holiday Lights http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Holiday-Lights.html
Wrapping Paper http://www.madehow.com/Volume-6/Wrapping-Paper.html
Candy Canes http://www.madehow.com/Volume-7/Candy-Cane.html
A Vintage Educational Film from the 1950’s Tour of a Toy Factory http://thedailytour.blogspot.com/2013/01/mattel-toy-company-factory-tour-1950s.html
For other science related Christmas themes:
My friend, Fran, has some great ideas and links for adding reindeer (animal science) to Christmas themed studies http://www.franw.com/2013/12/reindeer-games-and-activities.html
12 Days of Science – a brief science lesson with an activity (these are good lessons) http://www.thescientificmom.com/2013/12/the-twelve-days-of-science-day-1-candy.html
Winter Solstice lesson plans http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson094.shtml
Evergreen Tree resource connections http://www.homeschoolshare.com/trees.php
Arctic and Inuit Unit Study with Lapbook Printables https://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/science/arctic-inuit-unit-study/
Polar Animals Lapbook Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/polar_animals_lapbook.php
Interactive Chemistry Advent Calendar – http://www.compoundchem.com/2014advent/
Sing-along to Physics and Chemistry Carols http://www.examiner.com/article/sing-physics-and-chemistry-carols-with-the-kids-updated-with-more-songs
20 Christmas Science Experiments http://www.science-sparks.com/2013/11/23/christmas-science/
Christmas Science Experiment Videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhgK74tFscGVmYTUbX0QWhDMTkeIlo1mO
A terrific last minute gift idea – DIY Science Kit- http://gluesticksblog.com/2010/12/super-science-kit-christmas-gift-idea.html
I hope you’re enjoying the holiday studies in your homes as well!