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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Free Printable Easter Activity Sheets

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Easter might still be a few weeks away but we’re celebrating early by giving you these printable Easter activity sheets for FREE, so you have time to incorporate them into your lesson plans.

Your child can practice Easter vocabulary, reading and word identification with the three fun printable activity sheets.

Just fill out the form below to download them. If you’re looking for more free stuff, be sure to visit our store on Gumroad.

Free Printable Easter Activity Sheets

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Free New Years Resolution Printables for Kids

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It’s almost the New Year, and it’s the best time to celebrate a new beginning. And for kids ages 6-12, this is the perfect stage to learn to make resolutions.

At this point in their lives, their habits are not firm yet. Though they know what resolutions are, parents are still in the best position to guide them – and the best way to do it is by putting them in writing!

We’re sharing with you this free printable, hope you and your kids have a blast with it!

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Wouldn’t it be a lot of fun if we can turn back time and look at what we did at some point? Kids will definitely love this idea! So why not get them started with his fun Time Capsule printable?

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Free Printable Christmas Activities for Upper Elementary Students

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Here’s another fun FREE printable activity for our Modern Homeschool Families!

This printable pack is best suited for upper elementary students, roughly grades 4 – 6. In it, you’ll get a cryptogram, word search and a maze, all with a fun “Cookies for Santa” theme. The best part is they are completely free! Just click any of the images below to be taken to the download page.




If you’re looking for more fun holiday activities, here’s more:

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

The Ultimate List of Christmas Books to Read for Homeschoolers

10 Homeschool Science Experiments for December

Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers


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Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

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This free Thanksgiving Unit Study guide contains some of the best resources for putting together your own theme unit to use in your homeschool. Ok, not just “some.” There’s actually nearly 100 resources … and they are all FREE!

Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide

In this guide you will find ideas and resources covering a range of topics including:

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Fine Motor & Cognitive Thinking Skills
  • Crafts & Hands-On Activities
  • Recipes
  • Complete Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Each of these resources are completely free!

To create your unit, simply browse through each of the categories, select as many (or as few) as you want to use and decide what order you will use each resource. You may want to complete one item from each category each day, or one item a day.

Grab your Free Thanksgiving Unit Study Guide below. That’s it!  No strings, no catch!


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Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables

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The holidays are upon us and you know what that means…..more fun, free printables for homeschooling!

This fun and FREE Thanksgiving-themed printable worksheet package includes 5 pages to help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, find motor and counting skills.

Just click any of the images below to download this free Thanksgiving Kindergarten skills printables pack!

Free Thanksgiving Kindergarten Skills Printables








More Fun Thanksgiving Resources and Ideas

Look for more? Here you go!

Free Thanksgiving Activity Sheet for Homeschoolers

The Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Books to Read for Homeschoolers

Free Thanksgiving Memory Match for Preschoolers

10 Easy Thanksgiving Treats Kids Can Make

Free Thanksgiving Themed Printable Worksheets for Preschoolers

How Kids Can Keep with Thanksgiving

10 Fun Turkey and Thanksgiving Themed Desserts

Easy Kids Craft: Monogrammed Thankful List


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Free Printable Moana Coloring Sheets and Activity Pages

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new feature film “Moana” is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people. The film will be released on November 23, 2016 but you can get your FREE printable Moana themed activity sheets now.

Just click any of the images below to download your free printable Moana Coloring Sheets and Activity Pages










Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

For more information, visit Moana, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram.


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Free Halloween Printable Activity Sheets

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Kids love Halloween printables. They’re great to for fun in co-ops, part of a lesson plan or just to get the youngsters in the Halloween spirit.

These free Halloween printable activity sheets for kids can help them learn and develop critical thinking skills as well as hand-eye coordination. It contains a cryptogram puzzle, a maze and a word search and loads of fun!

Simply click on one of the images below to get your free Halloween printable activity sheets!




For more free printable Halloween activity sheets and ideas, check these out:

DIY Spooky Spoons


Preschool Printable Candy Sorting Activity

Candy drops

9 Spooky Halloween Activities

9 Spooky Halloween Activities

Printable Halloween Picture Match for Beginning Readers

Printable Candy Sorting Activity 1



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Free Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

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This is a homemade Sea Turtles picture book project, designed with homeschoolers in mind. It’s fun, relaxing, and is a great way to assist children in learning about one of our planet’s most fascinating endangered species.

Free Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

Materials Needed

• Plenty of standard-size notepaper or plain white paper
• 2 sheets standard-size card stock
• Internet access
• Reference books
• Pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, etc.

Time Needed

Approximately one full school day for younger students. One half-day for older students. This project can be spaced out according to your child’s attention span and your family’s homeschooling needs.

Getting Started

You will need plenty of room and a clean surface to spread papers on, preferably with visual aids within easy reach and viewing. To start, have your child write down the common names of the turtles (Advanced students of 13+ years might also like to write the Latin classifying names), leaving plenty of room for drawings of the turtles, diagrams, and interesting facts he wishes to add the more he learns. Ideally, each turtle should have a page to itself.


Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
The leatherback turtle is the largest non-extinct marine turtle known. It is called the leatherback because unlike other turtles its top shell, or carapace, is flexible and leather-like rather than hard.

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
The hawksbill turtle is so named because the hooked shape of its upper jaw, or mandible, resembles that of a hawk’s beak. The hawksbill prefers warm waters and is often found around coral reefs.

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
The green turtle is not usually green on the outside, although it can range in color from tortoiseshell to olive-brown. It is called a “green” turtle because its fat is green. The green sea turtle is more rounded in shape than its fellow sea turtles.

Black Turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizi)
The black turtle is quite dark if not black as its name suggests. The shape of its carapace is more angled, with the sides sharply sloping down to the edge. However, it only has a slight keel (a ridge down the center of the carapace that aids balance).

Flatback Turtle (Natator depressa)
Almost always found near North or Northeast Australia, the flatback turtle resembles the green turtle except for the flattened shape of its carapace. It is gray to brown in color.

Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)
The loggerhead turtle has a large beak and a broad head. It is tan to light brown in color, but can appear greenish because its carapace is often covered with barnacles. Because its beak is so large, the loggerhead is able to eat mollusks, echinoderms and crustaceans.

Kemp’s Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
The Kemp’s Ridley turtle’s carapace is heart-shaped and greenish gray. The Kemp’s Ridley turtle is rare, breeding in the Gulf of Mexico drifting to colder areas of the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Northwestern Europe. The Kemp’s Ridley is small, growing to about 2 feet in length.

Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
The Olive Ridley Turtle is similar to the Kemp’s Ridley turtle except that it is olive colored rather than grayish green. It nests in Central America and on the coastline of East India.


For some students, drawing the sea turtles is the best part of the lesson. Other students prefer to get straight to the studying and diagramming. Using the student’s drawings or printouts, and referring to your books and the Internet, have your child draw an arrow to each part of the turtle’s anatomy, labeling the parts as so:

carapace: the turtle’s top shell
plastron: the turtle’s bottom shell
flipper: the turtle’s “arms” used for swimming and digging
scutes: bony plates that make up the turtle’s shell
bridge: the part of the shell that holds the carapace and plastron together
prefrontal scales: scales on the turtle’s head, between its eyes
keel: a ridge down the center of the carapace, aiding balance
tail: the turtle’s tail

Older students might like to label the following parts:

Specific Scutes of the Carapace: nuchal, neural/vertebral/central, marginal, pygal, supracaudal
Specific Scutes of the Plastron: epiplastron, entoplastron, hyoplastron, hypoplastron
post orbital scales: scales located around the turtle’s eyes
inframarginal scutes: the scales of the bridge


The student should now provide lines upon which she can answer some questions about each turtle species. Here are some examples of questions you might ask, depending on your child’s grade level. (You might need an additional sheet of paper for this part of the lesson if the turtle drawing is large.)

1. How big does this turtle get?
Parent: Sea turtles vary in size from relatively small (2-3 feet, 100 pounds for the Ridley) to very large (6.5 feet, 1400 pounds for the leatherback).

2. Where does the species lay her eggs?
Parent: Sea turtles lay their eggs on sandy beaches and then return to the ocean, leaving the young behind to hatch on their own. Have your child identify where each species breeds.

3. What does this sea turtle eat when young? What does this sea turtle eat when mature?
Parent: Some sea turtles are carnivorous (meat-eating) when young, and later go on to eat only plant life. Some continue as carnivores. See if your child can find out what each species eats at each phase of its life.

4. Where does this turtle migrate?
Parent: Using the Internet and reference books as a guide, see if your child can locate migratory patterns for each species. Older students might like to include maps as part of their research.

5. How many are left?
Parent: All sea turtles are endangered species and are thus protected under the Endangered Species Act. See if your child can get an estimate of how many sea turtles are left of each species.


When your child has finished the pages of his/her book, put the pages in order and number them. Add a piece of card stock for the front cover and one for the back. Punch holes with a paper hole puncher and bind the book by feeding floss or string through the holes and tying them off. Have your child illustrate the cover and sign his/her work. The book can be untied and new pages added if your child wishes.

Internet Resources for Learning About Sea Turtles

Ducksters: Easy to read general information and facts about sea turtles

National Geographic Kids: Information about the green sea turtle

Smithsonian Ocean: Facts and pictures about seven different sea turtles

Sea Turtle World: In depth information about seven different sea turtles

Sea Turtle Conservatory: Sea turtle identificaiton key

Echanted Learning: Loggerhead sea turtle printable

Save the Turtles: Sea turtle vocabulary

First Palette: Sea turtle coloring pages 10 printable activity and worksheets about sea turtles


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Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

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One of the most common struggles parents face when homeschooling high schoolers is helping them learn how to manage their time and priorities effectively. It’s a skill that will help them now and later in life.Teaching your child how to organize and manage his or her time is one of the most valuable skills you can teach.  Not only will it help prepare them for college and work, but it will also give them a sense of security and control in knowing exactly what is expected each day.

It took a bit of trial and error but by the time my oldest daughter was in her “junior” year (I use the term loosely. I know you homeschool parents know what I mean, though), we finally found a system that worked for us. Based on what I created for my own children, I worked with a designer (because, no, I’m really not good at fancy graphic design) to make one for you and your high schooler.

Take advantage of this Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School by simply printing out what you need and use a simple three ring binder to keep it all organized.  Every Monday, have your high schooler fill out his or her schedule for the week in the schedule column. You can work together to complete the assignments and chores portion in advance as well, but we found it better to complete those at the beginning of each day, since there are times when assignments and chores need to be more flexible. You can even have your teenagers put all of their completed assignment behind that day’s page and you have a neat, tidy, way of keeping your homeschool records together!

Just click the image below to be taken to the download page for your Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School!

The daily planner page is absolutely free but if you’re looking for something more, be sure to take a look at the entire planner system. It’s packed with 23 printable planner pages for high school homeschoolers that include a weekly planner, project planner, study guide, monthly calendars and so much more!

PS – If you’re looking for a Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for Kids, you can find it here!

Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School


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