Are you tired of having to gather up all of the needed items for your child’s science activity? Maybe it’s a struggle to find literature to go along with your kiddos science lesson. Or perhaps you need a hands-on science curriculum that is easy and fun for multiple ages, including a busy mom! BookShark science offers all that and more! Hands-on experiments in an easy-to-use kit plus great literature make for the perfect homeschool science curriculum!
*Disclosure: I was asked for an honest review of BookShark Science Level C. I was compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only choose to share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy and benefit from.
We are a family that loves books. Books are strewn about all over our home; on the fireplace, bedside tables, bookshelves, under beds, along the walls, and stacked in random corners here and there. If there is an empty flat surface, then it probably contains a book or five!
We also love science activities! I’ve done the leg work to pair great literature with my kid’s current interests in the past. Like the time the children were obsessed with frogs or birds. It was loads of fun, but I also found it exhausting to gather all of the books and activities together to help with their science learning adventure.
That’s why I was happy to get my hands on BookShark Science Level C!
When my daughter and I opened our BookShark Science package, we were thrilled with all of the great books included! All the literature we need for a year’s worth of science is included. Although, the way my kiddo devours books, she may be done reading before the end of fall! She’s a massive fan of the Magic School Bus series as well as anything to do with plants, animals, and strong female role models.
Hello Marie Curie!
There is also a teacher’s manual, a big book of experiments, and a bundle of printed lab reports for my kiddo.
But then we opened the Discover & Do Science Supplies Kit our mouths dropped open. Everything we need for a full 36 weeks of science experiments is provided, except for perishable items! This kit is so convenient! When you need something perishable, it will be listed in the weekly schedule a week before you need it.
No more late-night runs to find sugar cubes or modeling clay!
BookShark provides a complete science curriculum, folks.
Literature-Based Hands-On Science Experiments
We dove right into the first lesson with The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth. With it, we read all about the different types of rocks, weathering, erosion, different types of volcanos, and so much more. BookShark is thorough about covering topics and reemphasizes topics as we move forward.
BookShark divides lessons into 36 weeks, each with a 4-day schedule of reading and experiments. The weekly schedule outlines everything for you in an easy-to-follow layout. My daughter, however, begged to keep doing the whole week’s worth of reading and experiments in one day! Who was I to tell her “no?” That’s the beauty of this curriculum.
I can adapt BookShark to fit my individual child’s needs.
Did you know there are colorful worksheets provided with each lesson too? She chose to do the worksheets after we finished the book and the experiments.
Hands-On Science Water Cave Experiment
My daughter’s first experiment was a hands-on solution water cave. She used the provided modeling clay and sugar cubes for this experiment. The modeling clay represented rock, while the sugar cubes represented limestone. Rolling the clay out flat, she placed two of the sugar cubes in the center. She folded the clay back around the sugar cubes sealing them in.
Next, she poked a hole in the top and on one side of the clay before slowly pouring water onto the model. Before long, she began to observe water coming out of the side hole!
The water flowing out of the side hole indicated that the water had worn the sugar away. When my daughter cut the modeling clay in half, what was revealed was a cave where the sugar/limestone had been!
She loved this experiment, which is why she wanted to keep going with another.
Hands-On Science Weathering Experiment
Next, my daughter learned about weathering and where sand comes from by shaking four quarter-sized rocks together in a disposable container. She observed the sand and then compared it to the play sand provided in her BookShark Discover & Do Science Supplies Kit and cataloged the differences.
My daughter did a similar experiment but with sugar cubes. With these, I set a timer for her to shake each sugar cube for a different amount of time. Then she compared and contrasted the differences in shapes. This experiment showed her how time and the amount of weathering played a role in shaping rocks.
What else will my daughter be learning about with her BookShark Science Level C?
- Interdependent Relationships of Plants and Animals in Ecosystems
- Exploring what the world is made of
- and Examining the water cycle
Benefits of BookShark Science Curriculum
I have found so many benefits of having the BookShark science curriculum for our family:
- All. The. Books. aka: literature-based science books that my daughter loves
- Science materials are provided in each kit. No more going out and looking for ingredients.
- Science experiments are hands-on, easy, and fun!
- Adaptable 4-day schedule.
- The spiral approach to learning helps my daughter remember key concepts because topics are brought back up often.
- BookShark has recently updated its curriculum to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. It is not Common Core Aligned.
- BookShark science is a complete package (easy to use, fully planned) which makes it easy for a busy mom to keep track of everything!
New for 2021: BookShark Virtual
When you pair the BookShark print curriculum with a BookShark Virtual, parents and students get cool online features like assessment, grading, and accountability—accessible via mobile or desktop! BookShark Virtual is a perfect option if you need your child’s studies to be more independent.
The first three weeks of every Virtual course are free.
Watch the demo videos to get your bearings, and then take it for a spin. Let your child take a peek, too!
Fun & Easy Literature-Based Hands-On Science Your Kids Will Love
Folks, my daughter is loving her BookShark Science curriculum. It has surpassed all of my expectations! It checks all the boxes for a family that wants thorough literature-rich science, fun hands-on science activities, and all the science supplies in one easy-to-use kit! Plus, I love how easy and adaptable it is for me as a busy mom.
Win a Free BookShark Science Level
BookShark is giving away your choice of science package, level A-F, including Virtual Access! Enter for your chance to win!
*Giveaway is for USA residents only.*