Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Resources Combining History and Science


Do you love combining History and Science?

The following are  resources I've found for integrating history with Science.   I've marked it by free and paid resources so you can easily tell those apart.  I'd love more suggestions to add to this list, so if you know of anything you think belongs here, please leave a comment about it!   Enjoy!


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All resources will have one of the following graphics next to it.  Note that books are classified as a "paid resource" even though many can be borrowed free at your local library, and resources are classified as free even if they require free registration or subscription.  Experiments requiring supplies are only counted as "paid" if the supplies are part of a purchased kit. 

Free Resource

Paid Resource



Various/Mixed Eras

Science Through History by Jay Wile
A hands-on, multilevel elementary (K-6th) science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. Each lesson is built around an activity or experiment.   In addition, there are three levels of review for each lesson, so the parent/teacher can choose the depth at which each student is expected to grasp the material.  Individual levels are found here and contain more info about the program.  (A Christian curriculum).

The Story of Science by Joy Hakim
Curriculum in several book sets for ages 12 and up,  combines stories from history with coordinated "hands on" experiments and activities.   (A secular curriculum)   
On This Day in Chemistry
Learn what chemistry discoveries happened on today's date in history.

The Chemistry of Pottery
Pottery is so widespread in history that this could cover various eras.

The History of Science 
A free video series by Crash Course detailing the history of science.  It has videos related to various eras (which I plan to add to sections below individually...but I haven't had time to go through them all yet).



Ancient Times 

All of Ancient Times / Multiple Eras or Civilizations

CURRICULUM:  Science of the Ancient World 
Full 90 hours long Christian curriculum covering the scientific work of natural philosophers who lived from about 600 BC to the early AD 1500s.   It's marketed as K-6th but the lesson text length and complexity is more for, I'd say 2nd at earliest, and you could probably go through 8th easily).  There are free sample pages on the site. 


BOOK:  Ancient Science by Jay Wile
Book for children age 8 -12 with fun science activities related to pre-history and the ancient civilizations of  Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Aztecs, Mayans and Native North America. 

Ancient Science STEM Challenges
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy is meant for classroom use, but I think would be fun to tweak for homeschool.   It has STEM projects related to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Isreal, China, India, Greece and Rome, and printables to go with them.  You can buy them as a set, or individual units. 



Pre-history/Stone Age/Nomadic

Science in the Beginning







The Stone Age Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Cave Art - Various Activities
Various science activities related to cave art.

Dangers to Cave Art
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Prehistoric Pigments



Mesopotamia


Ancient Messopotamia STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has cuneiform coding and ziggurat marble run projects, and includes worksheets for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use

Make Plaster of Paris
Used since ancient Ur (while the activity itself contains a story from ancient Greece, there is info in the teacher resources about plaster's use in ancient Ur, which could help you make a plaster relalted activity  for that era).


Egypt

Science of Ancient Egypt
These units by Dr. Dave's science are crammed with info about science in ancient Egypt, with very kid friendly writing.  They come in various topics, from mummies to metals.  Age level 4th - 7th.


Ancient Egypt STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has mummified apple and toothpick pyramid projects, and includes worksheets for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use.  (Note:  You can find the mummified apple project free a little further down on this page, sans worksheets).

Nile River
Free sample of part of the Nile River unit by Dr. Daves Science.  Other units available for purchase here.

Nile Silt Activity
Just scroll down - activity is toward the bottom of the blog post.

Ancient Egypt Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Egyptian Mummies:  Egg Mummy Experiment
 

Egyptian Mummies:  Apple Mummy Experiment


Egyptian Mummies:  Chicken Mummy Experiment


VIDEO: Crash Course Kids - Following the Sun
Video talks about how ancient peoples used the sun to tell time (pictures Egyptians).

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Egypt


Make Plaster of Paris
First used in Mesopotamia (while the activity itself contains a story from ancient Greece, there is info in the teacher resources about plaster's use in ancient Egypt, which could help you make a plaster relalted activity  for that era).

Egyptian Art
A guide to ancient Egyptian art, with science vocab bolded. (Also in PDF form...scroll to bottom for link).

Egyptian Materials and Pigments
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Making Paint with Minerals


Egyptian Blue (Chemistry of Color)
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Conservation of Egyptian Art
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page. 


Isreal

Ancient Isreal STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has a masada building project, with printables.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use

India

Ancient India STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has irrigation and monsoon projects, and includes printables for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use.

China

Ancient China STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has a Great Wall of China and  Chinese musical instruments project, and includes printables for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use.

Minoans/Mycenaean/Greece 

Restoration of Minoan Artwork



Make Plaster of Paris
Activity about making plaster, with "mystery" set in ancient Greece kids solve using plaster and science.


Ancient Greece STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has a chariot and catapult project, and includes printables for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use.

Ancient Greece Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Ancient Greece + Earth and Space Science
This is an outline I made of how we combined our Story of the World lessons on the history of ancient Greece with a study of Earth Science and Space Science.  Could be used by those not using SOTW just by looking at the topics covered.

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Greece



BOOK:  Classical Kids
This book is not primarily about science, but among it's many activities has a few really good ones on Greek scientists, presented excellently for younger kids.

Greek Architecture STEM Activity


Greek Art Techniques and Pigments
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.
 

Science of the Ancient World - SAMPLE PAGES
The free sample pages for this curriculum cover several scientists from ancient Greece and their discoveries.


Roman Empire

Ancient Romans Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Ancient Romans STEM Challenge
This TPT resource by StudentSavvy  has aquaduct and Roman road projects, and includes worksheets for each.  It is meant for the classroom but could be tweaked for homeschool use.

Making Verdigris Copper
Copper and copper alloys like bronze will corrode with long exposure to the air.  When it corrodes the copper takes on a blue-green colour. The Greeks and Romans deliberately corroded copper to make a pigment called verdigris.

Make Concrete
Invented during Roman Empire.

Making Invisible Ink
Ovid (43 BCE-17/18 CE), a Roman poet wrote about invisable ink in 18BCE

Roman Glass and It's Chemistry
Scroll to bottom for link to PDF of page.

Roman Commerce in Pigments


BOOK:  Technology in the Time of Ancient Rome


BOOK:  Classical Kids
This book is not primarily about science, but among it's many activities has a some good activities involving Roman inventions.

Americas
Because south and central American regions are generally studied along with Spanish conquest, links for Mayas, Incas, Aztecs and others will be listed under Middle Ages to Early Renaissance below.




Middle Ages to Early Renaissance
Aprox 400-1600

All of Middle Ages / Multiple Eras or Areas

CURRICULUM:  Science of the Ancient World by Jay Wile
Full 90 hours long Christian curriculum covering the scientific work of natural philosophers who lived from about 600 BC to the early AD 1500s.   It's marketed as K-6th but the lesson text length and complexity is more for, I'd say 2nd at earliest, and you could probably go through 8th easily).  There are free sample pages on the site.


Europe 


Experiment With the Vikings
A 57 page unit study combining a Viking narrative with various experiements and activities to show the science behind Viking history.

Viking Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.  

BOOK:  Technology in the time of the Vikings




Medieval Chemistry



Making Medieval Ink

  


The Tudors Idea Web 
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Making Invisible Ink
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), used invisible ink and ciphers to communicate with Catholic supporters.

Make Plaster of Paris
Used to make frescos (while the activity itself contains a story from ancient Greece, there is info in the teacher resources about plaster's use in ancient Ur, which could help you make a plaster relalted activity  for that era).

Making Paint With Minerals




Middle East

Golden age of Islam Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Americas


Aztecs and Mayas Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of the Maya
 

BOOK:  Technology in the Time of the Aztecs



Early Modern Period


The Victorian Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.

Mercury Poisoning and the Origin of the Phrase "Mad as a Hatter"

Making Blueprint Paper
Blueprints use the cyanotype process invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842

Herschel Infrared Experiement




Late Modern Period to Contemporary Times 
(1850 - NOW)



WWII Idea Web
Ideas for science integration for various ages.


Making Invisible Ink
Invisable ink was used by secret agents in WWII






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