Galileo – full program with monthly fee
Language arts / Books
Newsela – complete reading activities for grades 2-12. Easy to print what you need by level
Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5+ – kids who read a lot might need higher levels of these books.
Raz-Kids – we used this from grades 1-3 mostly, but there’s plenty of great reading material for grades 4-5 as well. This program is also free for the rest of the year. More interesting leveled reading than most other programs I’ve looked at. Also available in Spanish, and you can print the packets if you’re trying to use less screens.
discussion guide, lesson plans and extension activities here.
Another site for teaching the book here.
*See reading list for other book recommendations – there’s a guide for most books available online that’s easy to follow*
See more resources on this math page
AOPS Beast Academy 5
Dragonbox.com – Math games that feel more like fun than work. This has a great introduction to algebra.
Singapore Math – Solid, complete math curriculum. Easy to implement.
Math For Love – from the creator of the game Prime Climb. We haven’t used this yet, but it is recommended by lots of homeschoolers for grades K-5
Science (topics to explore)
Mystery Science – we’ve used this from grades 2-5. Subscription – totally worth it. My kids both loved these lessons.
Elemental Science site (homeschool curriculum)
TOPS has been around for a long time – 2 homeschool families I know used and recommend it. They sell curriculum for grades 3-12
*IN PROGRESS* Two recent (2014 and 2015) 5th grade STAAR science tests covered these things. I’ll post resources for how to learn about each of these on the road.
Earth’s rotation on its axis – 24hrs
freezing and melting point of water – celsius and fahrenheit
toxicity of monarch caterpillars to predators b/c of milkweed
Reflection/refraction and examples of what that looks like
alternative energy (geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar) / renewable and nonrenewable resources
why plants need CO2
water cycle model (experiment using water, plastic wrap)
condensation / cloud formation / Evaporation
Deltas / sediment deposits
Food chains – And what makes animal populations increase or decrease, also consumers and producers / what disrupts a food web
crater experiment – dropping marbles from different heights
Silt / Loam / Sand / sediment (and how it changes to rock) / erosion
life cycles of insects (specifically butterflies and mosquitos)
circuits (how to complete one) and switches
How plants adapt to survive in the desert
climate vs weather
electrical, thermal, light energy
reflection of light (including mirrors and object placement)
conductors / insulators
carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle
How does freezing and thawing of water crack rocks?
precipitation and drought
mixtures and how to separate them
learned behavior (such as a dog begging for food or bees making trips to a drinking source)
why an animal would have pointed vs flat teeth (and other physical characteristics)
density (objects in water)
physical properties of matter (solid, liquid, gas)
planets and order from sun
how can predators like wild hogs damage other animals?
rube goldberg machines
how whiskers or antennae would help an animal
what is a savanna
what would make a valley
characteristics of a solar system / earth / a moon
shadows and time of day (and why shadows are formed from light being blocked)
how to read tables