What to Teach When Homeschooling Third Grade

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Third grade builds on knowledge and skills gained in third grade while exposing children to increasingly more complex topics. Here’s a simple guide for what to cover and develop in third grade:

What to Teach When Homeschooling Third Grade

 

Third Grade Language Arts

Third graders work on building their knowledge of grammar and usage concepts, including prefixes and suffixes, plurals, similes, and homophones. Children at this age typically benefit from gaining practice with using dictionaries and other reference books, working with abbreviations, and learning how to use punctuation for dialogue. Third grade also focuses on spelling and reading fluently at grade level and identifying important parts of stories, such as settings and main characters.

Third Grade Writing

Third grade writing typically focuses on the improvement of writing skills, including stories that place events in a logical order and informative written passages that demonstrate the ability to reason and use grammar rules in writing. Children at this age can also benefit from using feedback on their writing to revise and improve written pieces.

Third Grade Math

In third grade, understanding of math concepts should continue to grow. Your child should gain practice solving word problems, including those involving time, work with simple perimeter and area problems, tell time to the nearest minute, and measure volume and length. At this age and stage, your child should be able to understand that fractions are parts of a whole and compare them based on size, identify two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes, and compare shapes based on their characteristics. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division continue to be a focus, with numbers growing larger as the year progresses. Your child should also understand place value up to 1,000.

Third Grade History

Third graders often focus on learning about cultures and traditions around the world and comparing them with cultures and traditions of the United States. Your third grader should also learn about the history and branches of the United States government, and key people and events from around the world. Your child may also benefit from studying and exploring the geography of the earth, including forests, deserts, mountains, and oceans.

Third Grade Science

Third grade science builds on life science, physical science, and earth science topics covered in second grade. Third graders often study the eras of the earth and basic astronomy topics, plant and animal life cycles, sources of heat, states of matter, and ecosystems. Your child should also learn about some scientists who have made important contributions to scientific knowledge.

Third Grade Health

Third grade health often covers topics related to healthy growth and development, personal hygiene, medicine, and safe use of household chemicals. Your third grader should also learn about common injuries and how to prevent them, the dangers of smoking cigarettes, and peer pressure.

Third Grade Art

Third graders continue creating and exploring art using different mediums and tools. They may also view art, learn about famous artists, and observe art in its various forms.

For more details on what to teach when you homeschool third grade and the other 13 grades, check out our Year-by-Year Teaching Guide for Homeschoolers:

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The Ultimate Summer Fun List (and Giveaway!)

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If you’re a Modern Homeschool Family newsletter subscriber, you know how excited I am that summer is almost here! I love being outside with the family (and, admittedly, by myself too) and soaking in the sun.

Summer is a time of some of my most favorite things; sunny days, warm breezes, longer daylight hours, more relaxing, more playing and more smiling.

Recently, I’ve found a few more favorite things for summer, thanks to some friendly PR folks who let me know about them.

The Ultimate Summer Fun List

Here are a few things that caught my attention this summer. I think you’ll like them too:

For road trips or sitting at the beach:

 

The Cube – Next Generation of Rubik’s Cube

These aren’t the same cubes you used to buy as gifts 30 years ago. This hot new speed cube incorporates a generation’s worth of ideas to help solve the cubes you may have tried in the past. With this new, magic 3-D puzzle and the included online solution guide you can solve it twice as fast. It is a fun, inexpensive and unique gift for everyone… perfect for kids, teens and adults especially on long car trips or plane rides. $12; https://agreatlifebrand.com and available on amazon.com.

 

 

 

Because summer is a great time for sleepovers!

 

Sleepover Party

SLEEPOVER PARTY where having fun is the name of the game, so be prepared to sing, laugh, perform and make a general fool of yourself! Spin the spinner and attempt to complete one of more than 200 ACT IT, WORK IT or PARTY Challenges. Don’t fall asleep early, or you’ll miss out on earning the most cards and staying up all night! www.endlessgames.com

 

 

 

 

 

For the budding engineers …

 

Skullduggery

Your kids will love Max Traxxx Tracer Racer! Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery patented Glow-in-the-Dark track. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto track specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed. Choose your track, racers and loops, take into a dimly lit room and your kids will be ready to set the darkness ablaze. These racing sets are perfect for both beginning and advanced race fans as variable speed remote control cars and adjustable track heights allow racers to control course difficulty. Four Tracer Racers RC Cars available. Includes one Tracer Racers, RC Car and one Controller. Now available at Toys R Us and www.toysrus.com. More information: www.skullduggery.com.

 

Because these are just too darn cute …

 

Two Brothers and Olivia Petite Pretend Food

Adorable Petite Pretend Food from Two Brothers and Olivia for your little one’s pretend kitchen! Available in a variety of cheerful, fun designs, including ice cream cones, donuts, cookies and the newest design, pineapples, Two Brothers and Olivia Teethers make a sweet treat for hours of fun! Easily packed into a diaper bag, backpack, or your child’s pack – they are perfect for taking along for fun on-the-go, too! The toys are made from 100% food grade silicone, and can be easily cleaned with soap and water. All products are free of BPA, PVC, or lead. Two Brothers and Olivia products are compliant with safety standards set out by both Canadian and US governments, and have been tested to be compliant with CPSC, CPSIA and ASTM toy standards. They are tested for toxic contents, strength and flammability to ensure that they surpass all the safety standards. NEW Pineapple shapes were just released this month. 

 

Because, seriously, I want to play with this ….

 

Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir

A cure for rainy days in the summer! Your little one can now make chef-inspired recipes at home with ease – all while learning Español, practicing math skills, and more! Available without a subscription from this innovative subscription service for children, the Taco Truck Fun Kit from Kidstir will turn your kitchen into a lunch truck — and your child can invite friends and family to step right up and place their orders! In this kit, children will find out how to make three Mexican recipes, including Guac & Roll, Food Truck Tacos, and Arroz con Leche – which will be served in a Food-Truck-in-a-Box tray! They will also discover fun facts about avocados and peppers, learn some Español, and practice menu math. The subscription service can be joined or given as a gift, or you can send one of the single kits, as well. With a focus on fresh, nutritious food and hands-on fun, Kidstir was created by moms who know that through cooking, children will gain important life skills in the kitchen — and cook up some fun family memories!

 

Because you can never be too organized ….

 

Beachmate

Headed to the beach with kids in tow? The Beachmate is an all-in-one stackable storage system that consolidates multiple beach products in one easy-to-pack bag. The Beachmate solves the age old problem of needing to pack multiple bags and gear to the beach….because we know that with little ones, there are a lot of must-haves besides just a towel & sunscreen! This ultimate carry-all companion has a storage compartment for all the items needed for a day at the beach. The Beachmate is complete with durable buckets, shovels and a soft cooler all packaged in a single tote bag with plenty of storage pockets.

The Beachmate also includes one large, two medium and two small buckets plus two shovels! It holds up to tough play meaning the buckets and shovels will not break with just one use. Truly a parent’s dream come true, the stylish, over-the-shoulder strap design allows for hands-free convenience! Consumers can easily personalize this new beach companion with monogramming options available. 

 

These have all become my new favorite things and I love them so much that I’m giving one of you lucky duck readers a chance to win EVERYTHING on my list!

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Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle Now Available!

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In my last email update, I told you that there was another amazing bundle coming up and here it is! I’m so excited to let you know about it.

Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle

You knew you wanted to take charge of your family’s health when you first began learning about natural remedies. You probably even knew it wouldn’t be easy.

But you had no idea you’d be so overwhelmed and confused by how much there is to learn and all the conflicting opinions.

A lot of people have had the same frustrations. The time invested in researching, the money invested in building up your family’s health arsenal and then you are still left with questions.

Most of us don’t don’t really have the extra time or dollars to devote to this goal (though it is very worthy).

So, you do your best with what you have, but it’s hard work!

And that’s why I want to make it easier for you.

What if I told you someone had already put together a complete package to get you up to speed on using natural remedies – one that’s already carefully vetted for you (saving you time) – at a price that’s way too low to miss (saving you money)?

Well, look no further, because it’s here!

Introducing The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle!

For six days only, everything you need (and then some) is in one fabulous package, for the most affordable price ever. (Seriously, just wait until I tell you the price.)

This year’s edition of the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle includes 16 ebooks and printables and 10 full eCourses!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to give you the skills and confidence to start using natural remedies in your home.

You’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Rebuild your medicine cabinet with natural remedies
  • Create beauty and skincare products without harmful ingredients
  • Treat your digestive complaints, pain, colds, and flus with everything in your medicine cabinet
  • Preserve, harvest, and cook with healing herbsDiscover the cancer-sugar connection and take back control of your health
  • Boost your mood, heat up the romance, and increase mental clarity with essential oil blends
  • Liven up your meals and get major health benefits by using the right herbs
  • and so much more!


Plus, it comes with over $100 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (even essential oil products!)

Bonuses

  • Exclusive package including the Soft Essential Oils Carrying Case for 9 Bottles and a 10 ml bottle of Meditation Blend from Plant Therapy, $22 value (international shipping available)
  • FREE Leather Wrap Diffuser Bracelet from The Oil Collection, $22 value (shipping to US, FPO, APO)
  • Lavender Roll-On Bottle (10 mL) from MadeOn Skin Care, $15 value (shipping available to the U.S. and Canada)
  • 1 year digital magazine subscription from Natural Herbal Living, $48 value (digital)

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 26 digital products and it’s worth over $770!

Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, the team at Ultimate Bundles is able to give you access to over $770 worth of amazing products for a whopping 93% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start using natural remedies!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 22nd, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

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It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

You want to protect your family’s health. You shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed because it costs too much or takes too much time to find the right resources.

Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 22nd, so don’t wait!)

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25 Alternatives to a Traditional Book Report

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The words “book report” can elicit groans from students at any age. Writing a summary of a book isn’t necessarily the most effective way to demonstrate learning in the digital age. With summary book websites online, the traditional book report is no longer an enriching task. Here are 25 alternatives to the traditional book report for students to demonstrate their comprehension and deeper understanding of a book.

25 Book Report Alternatives

  1. Interview a character from the book. Write a series of questions and answers from the protagonist or antagonist. You can even try focusing on a flat character.
  2. Write a diary or journal from the main character’s point of view. This can be done in a physical format or through blog posts online. Try a student-friendly blog site like kidblog.org or edublogs.org.
  3. Create a stop-motion video of major scenes from the book. Here are some tutorials on using stop motion in education.
  4. Draw a comic book version of the book.
  5. Give a book talk convincing someone to check out this book from a library.
  6. Write a script for a scene or scenes from the book. Cast famous actors as the characters.
  7. Create a playlist of songs that go with important moments or characters in the book. Explain the reason you chose each song.
  8. Design your own Google Lit Trip for the novel.
  9. Make a book jacket for the novel. Look at traditional book jackets for inspiration.
  10. Write the climax of the story from a different character’s point of view. (If it’s in the third person, try telling it in first person or vice versa.)
  11. Write an alternate ending for the story.
  12. Make a picture book or children’s version of your novel.
  13. Choose one of the themes (lessons) of the book and write about how it relates to current events.
  14. Write a narrative poem based on the plot of the novel.
  15. Make a scrapbook for one of the characters in the book.
  16. Explain why this book should or should not be read by students in your grade level. Back up your argument with specific evidence from the text.
  17. Create a glossary of vocabulary words from the book. Use images and specific sentences and context from the novel.
  18. Read a related book (same author, related theme, same series) and compare and contrast them in a short essay or Venn diagram.
  19. Create an online Jeopardy game based on themes, characters, plot questions, and other elements from the novel.
  20. Write a resume for the main character of the book. Use what you know about the character to make inferences to their experience and qualifications.
  21. If the main character is a child, write a short story about an event that happens in their adult life. If the main character is an adult, imagine an event that happened in their childhood and write about it.
  22. Create a social media profile (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat) and some posts for a character in the book. Use these templates or create real pages that comply with terms of service.
  23. Design the setting in Minecraft. Build a character’s home, neighborhood, city, or even country.
  24. Make a family tree for the main character of your novel. Create some artifacts (birth certificates, newspaper articles, scrapbook entries, photographs, etc.)
  25. Write a letter to the author suggesting changes in the novel.

These 25 ideas will have your student excited about reading and sharing what they learned from their latest book!

Of course, there is nothing wrong with writing a traditional book report, either. Check out this link for a lesson for middle schoolers on writing a book report.

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Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe

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Don’t you just love anything warm and gooey with cheese? Olive Garden Fondunta easily fits the bill. But, why haul the family out when you can make it at home?

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fondunta Recipe Ingredients

1 C fat free sour cream
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz provolone cheese, shredded
1/2 C parmesan cheese, finely shredded
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 roma tomatos, diced
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1-2 loaf of Italian bread, cut into slices

Copy Cat Olive Garden Fonduta Recipe Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream with the mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flake.
  3. Spray a medium size cast iron dish with pam spray
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared cast iron dish.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the mixture is melted and bubbly. If you’d like the top extra browned, broil for an additional 2-3 minutes, but make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Garnish with diced tomatoes and parsley.
  7. Bake the bread slices for 5 minutes then serve immediately

 

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Easy Kids Crafts: Sew a Gift Bag

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If you are looking for an out of the ordinary way of wrapping your gift this season, then this one is for you! This heart pouch can be used again right after serving its purpose. Sounds economical, right? This can be sewn by non-crafters and you don’t need to be a craft expert to do this. You also have the freedom to personalize this since you are the ones making it compared to the one being sold in the market. So if you are up for an adorable gift for mom, then let us begin sewing this heart pouch now!

Easy Kids Craft: Sew a Gift Bag

Gather all the materials needed:

  • 2 pcs. crafting felt (pink and red)
  • yarn of any color
  • crochet thread
  • a big sewing needle
  • a pair of scissors
  • wooden skewer or any thin stick (optional)

 

 

Instructions

 

 

Step 1: Cut a piece of rectangle from the pink crafting felt. The dimensions should be at least 30-centimeter in length and 10-centimeter in width. The dimensions are flexible since you can cut this based on your needed size. This will be the body of the pouch.

 

 

Step 2: Cut a medium-sized heart from the red crafting felt.

Step 3: Place the heart in the middle part of the pink body. This should be placed on the one-third portion from the top of the body. Sew this heart using a running stitch near the side of it.

Step 4: Fold the top and the bottom ends of the pink body towards the back portion of it. The back portion is the portion where the red heart is not visible. The folds would be at least 1 to 1.5-centimeter in width. Sew this using a running stitch.

Step 5: Fold the pink body into two equal parts and sew the sides of it using running stitch. Leave the topmost part open. Do not stitch the folded parts on top.

Step 6:  Insert the yarn on the pipe opening on the topmost part of the pouch.

Step 8: Cut the end of the yarn once you decided how long you want your yarn is.

 

Step 9: Create a loop at the ends of both yarn on the left and right.

Step 10: You can now place your precious gift to this lovely heart pouch.

 

This adorable heart pouch can be made by simple non-crafters since this only involves the simple running stitch. You can also use this pouch for other purposes, such as watch, bracelet or earrings pouch whenever you travel. Practice your creativity and who knows? Maybe you have the eye and the artistic hand for it! Have fun and spread the love!

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Living Simply Series: Why It’s So Hard to Give Up Our Stuff

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This is the 5th installment of our “Living Simply Series.” If you’ve missed out on the other articles, click on the links below to catch up. And, don’t forget to get your FREE living simply bundle at the bottom of this article.

 

 

Why It’s So Hard to Give Up Our Stuff

No one said it would be easy to simplify. Ask anyone who has moved to a more minimalist lifestyle, and they’ll tell you that there can be a lot of resistance come up. But it’s only stuff. Why do we have such a tough time finding a new home (including the trashcan) for items we no longer need or use? It’s all about the emotions surrounding the items that cause us to hold on tightly.

Stuff makes us feel secure—we buy with our emotions, not logic, which means we invest emotionally in our possessions. Having a lot of stuff makes us feel safe and secure. How many things do you keep around “just in case”?  Having a lot of stuff or expensive items gives us status in our society, which also makes us feel important and secure in our place in the world.

We spent our hard-earned cash on it—many people feel wasteful and guilty when they start decluttering their things. They think about how much they senselessly spent on items that are now simply cluttering up their homes, garages, basements, and sometimes even storage space they are paying a monthly fee on.

We know we should use it—guilt also comes in the form of “should’s.” We should use our treadmill. We should wear that expensive suit. A lot of times we buy special or nice things and then only use them for good… which is usually very rare or we forget about them when we are preparing for a special occasion.

It was a gift—even if our least favorite aunt gives us a hideous lamp for the holidays, something we would never put out, we keep it in a closet, basement or storage unit. We feel it’s mean to donate something that someone put thought and money into, even though we hate it. So the guilt keeps us hanging onto it.

It reminds us of better times—we hold onto stuff from our past, most of which has no monetary, but a sentimental value. Keeping a few small items isn’t a big deal, but when we feel we need to keep everything from our carefree college days or all the love letters we’ve ever received, it can take up a lot of space and emotional energy. Being unwilling to part with things that remind us of happier times can be a red flag that we aren’t happy with our current situation.

Everyone feels emotional when going through their stuff to declutter. It’s natural, so when you experience this, don’t beat yourself up. Just be aware that even though they are just things, we are typically connected to them in various ways because of the emotions that we have attached to them.

If you haven’t received it yet, you can get the FREE Simple Living Bundle. This includes a checklist, eBook and a guide with tips to you start living simply in just 15 minutes a day!

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Hands On Math Activity: Estimating Area

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Here’s a hands-on activity you can do with your child to directly apply the concept of area to the place she knows best – her house. In addition, it is a good review of math skills and measurement because she must use a measuring tape to measure each room.

Hands On Math Activity: Estimating Area

Challenge your child to guess the largest and smallest rooms of the house – she might be surprised at how big her room really is!

What You Need:


  • Measuring tape
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Paper and pencil
  • Clipboard (optional)
  • Real estate section of a local newspaper

What You Do:

  1. Begin by taking a walk around the house and asking your child to take some guesses. Which room does she think has the smallest area? Which has the largest area? Which bedroom has the smallest area? Which bathroom has the smallest area?
  1. Explain to your child that she will be measuring each room in the house to check if she guessed correctly. Offer a small prize depending on how many of her guesses are correct.
  1. Give her a sheet of paper and ask her to write the following on the top: A = L x W (Area = Length x Width) 12 inches = 1 foot. Then set her loose to roam the house, measuring and recording the length and width of each room.
  1. When she’s finished, help your fourth grader find the area of each room by multiplying the length and width. Point out that the area is reported in square feet. Compare the results with her guesses. Hopefully, she has earned a prize. If not, a small “participation” prize for her effort will keep her motivated to learn more!
  1. Now it’s time to tie this into some real-life learning. Have your child tally the total of all the rooms. If the weather allows, and you have a house with a yard, consider going outside and measuring your house and hard perimeters while you’re at it! Then, open the real estate section of your local newspaper and check out what you find. Which houses are closest to yours in size? Which houses would YOU most like to live in, and how big are they? Are the biggest houses always the most expensive? How big is your child’s dream house, and what does it contain?

What’s Going On:

To understand the concept of area, your fourth grader needs to grasp several underlying skills, such as measurement and multiplication. Next year, students will take these concepts even further as they learn to calculate percentages, decimals, and interest payments. Keep it real and relevant, and these big ideas will make sense in a deep, enduring way. And who knows? Maybe your young mathematician will even end up in that dream house after all!

This fun hands-on math activity was provided by the good folks at Education.com. Education.com offers guided lessons, printable worksheets, teaching tools and more for parents and educators. You can learn more at Education.com and follow them on Facebook.

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Stomp Rocket Science: Free Lesson Plan and a Giveaway

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After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.

Give Spring a Science Boost with Stomp Rockets

Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!

Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.

As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun.  Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.

You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???

Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.

Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:

  1. Top Secret Toy Testing (grade K-8)
  2. Exploring Force and Motion (grades 3-12)
  3. Exploring Force and Mass (grades 3-12)
  4. Angling for a Stompin’ Good Time (grades 3-12)
  5. Speed Rockets (grades 3-8)
  6. What Goes Up ….. (grades 3-8)
  7. What Goes Up … May Not Come Down (grades 8-12)
  8. Up, Up and Away (grades 8-12)
  9. Get a Blast of Energy (grades 10-12)
  10. Analyzing Projectile Motion (grades 10-12)

Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!

Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!

To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!

First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).

Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!

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If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:

Stomp Rocket Science Lesson Plan with Printable Worksheets and Notebooking Pages

As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!

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Must-Have Apps for Family Road Trips

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If you’re planning a road trip with the kids, these apps will help keep the family entertained, safe and exploring the best places in the unfamiliar cities.

Must-Have Apps for Family Road Trips

Roadtrip Bingo

iOS + Android (free)
Roadtrip Bingo allows kids to check off things they spot while on a trip. Similar to the old licence plate spotting game, this app also includes options for airplane travel as well.

FamilyTime Dashboard

iOS + Android (free)
Kids have a tendency to wander off. Better to be safe than sorry, and download FamilyTime Dashboard. Prior to leaving the house, install the app on your mobile device and their phones or tablets. The app safely monitors your child’s location, as well as any Internet or smartphone activity.

GetBeen

iOS (free)
Rather than trusting on an unreliable restaurant reviews in unfamiliar cities, GetBeen to see your friend’s restaurant, hotel, and amusement kid-friendly suggestions on all of your travels! Using GetBeen you can explore what’s nearby, and discover what your friends recommend, and share your experiences. No more frantic Facebook statuses asking for restaurant recommendations in the middle of nowhere, with GetBeen you’d have your friends opinions at your fingertips.

Here WeGo

iOS + Android (free)
Toddlers can be the most impatient road trip buddies ever. Avoid hearing the common phrase “are we there yet” by downloading Here WeGo. Rather than wasting all your data getting directions to your travel destination, this app provides detailed turn-by-turn directions for over 100 different countries that you can download and access offline, making it a great app to help avoid data fees. Here WeGo also offers directions for various forms of transportation, including car, bike or public transportation and updates prices, traffic conditions, where to park, for any drive.

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