The Punnett Square

The Punnett Square is a foundational genetic principle. It helps scientist predict which traits an offspring can have. In today's post, I wanted to provide you with the tools to introduce this concept to your students. DNA, Genes, and the Punnett Square Coded within the DNA of an organism are thousands of genes. Each of these genes contain the code for certain characteristics. Genes are … [Read more...]

All About Lichens at the Homeschool Science Corner

Lichens are perfect to study around this time of year. As the trees are shedding their leaves and the plants are starting to die off, the lichens in the area begin to stand out. Lichens can be found all over the world, including the in the desert! Typically, you will find them on the bark of a tree or on a rock. Many lichens are about the size of a human fist, but they can grow to be as large … [Read more...]

Types of Pollination

The Joshua tree has a unique insect-pollinator, the yucca moth. The bumble bee pollinates the morning glory in the cool beginnings of a new day. And a gentle breeze is responsible for spreading the pollen of the spruce tree. The moth, bee, and wind all act as pollinators for these plants. They are responsible for getting the pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part, so … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ DNA Activities

In this week's Homeschool Science Corner, we are sharing all about DNA! What is DNA?  DNA is the material that carries all the information about how a living thing will look and function. It is found in the nucleus of each of our cells and is unique to every individual. Its full name is deoxyribonucleic acid, which can be complicated to say, so we usually refer to it as DNA for short. DNA is … [Read more...]

Elemental Science’s Biology for the Logic Stage: Wrap-up

So now you've seen what a typically week with Biology for the Logic Stage looks like in our homeschool. Some weeks we don't complete all of what I shared, and some weeks we do more.  Either way, we usually take day five to study a scientist from the field of biology. A Week with Biology for the Logic Stage: Wrap-up Here is what we typically do on day five along with my thoughts from the … [Read more...]

Elemental Science’s Biology for the Logic Stage: Day 3 & 4

I have already shared with you all our day 1 & 2 from Week 13 of Biology for the Logic Stage.  Now I'm back to share with you all our routine from the next two days. On day three and four we typically do the vocabulary words, sketch work, and further reading assignments. A Week with Biology for the Logic Stage: Day 3 & 4 Here's what that looked like for us on week 13. Day 3: Vocab … [Read more...]