Science from Murf .LLC HOMESCHOOL
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This curriculum has been used by homeschool parents and
students with fantastic results. Students would follow the
PowerPoint slideshows in the provided chronological order. Each
slideshow contains critical notes which are red colored slides.
These can be read or recorded in a learning journal. Learn more
academic links allow the students to explore subject matter in
greater detail if interested. Video links are also provided that
reinforce the material. Lab activities are simple and can be
conducted at home. Step by step instructions with visuals make
everything easy to follow. PowerPoint review games at the end of
each section allow the teacher to assess learning. This is a
fantastic curriculum for the hands-on and visual learner.  It is very
challenging but not over whelming.  Visit the parts below to learn
How does it run?
Please visit the Design / Guide button at the top of this page to have
questions answered in detail.  The curriculum includes 20 full units
of study in life, earth, and physical science for students in grades
5-10.  Each units consists of a multi-part and very lengthy
PowerPoint presentation.  These are not your typical boring
presentations but a highly interactive learning experience.  As you
move through a slideshow starting with Part I, your student will be
introduced to new vocabulary, answer built-in questions, see the
answers, set-up experiments, conduct experiments, collect data,
organize the data, review content, and much more.  
Materials and Computer Requirements
This curriculum requires a personal computer (Mac or PC) that can run
Microsoft Office products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  If
using a Mac, everything will work on the Mac version of those
products.  Students will also need a writing journal (white lined), and a
printer to print up the work bundles that chronologically follow the
PowerPoint slide shows. Most of the lab activities can be conducted
using materials found in a kitchen.  In activities that use lab equipment
like microscopes, students can still learn the expected outcomes by
viewing the answer pages, observing the predicted findings, or visiting
a simulation link.  I work in a classroom with severe budgetary
constraints and have designed a curriculum that creates meaningful
hands-on activities on a limited budget.  Materials list included.
Computer and Written Work
Each unit in the curriculum has a large work bundle (.doc)
that requires students to answer questions as they move
along the PowerPoint roadmap.  Students should print this
work bundle at the beginning of the unit.  As students
progress through the PowerPoint slide show they're able to
answer more and more questions.  The work bundle
chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow.  Daily
written work becomes staying current on this work bundle.  A
slide built-into the slideshow alerts your students of the
questions that can now be answered.  An answer version of
the work bundle is provided for the student / teacher to check
answers. Modified work bundle is also provided.
PowerPoint Review Games
Each unit also includes between 1-7 PowerPoint review
games (125 slides each).  Each game has 20 questions and 5
for fun bonus questions.  These review games are always a
student favorite. A Final question allows the student to wager
points.  These review games conclude each part of the
PowerPoint roadmap.  When your student progresses to one
of these review games you can have them complete the game
on a provided 1-25 template sheet. The answers to the review
game are provided in PowerPoint form at the end so your
student can self assess. You can decide if you want to allow
the use the white lined science journals or not.  These are a
really nice review opportunity and get the student looking
through their science journals for the answers.
Time Requirements
Units vary in length and thus some units will take longer to
complete. The entire curriculum takes me four school years to
complete with my students working diligently about 50 minutes a
day.  My advice to homeschoolers would be to take your time
and visit the hundreds of provided academic links.  After learning
a topic, academic links can connect your student with further
exploration from the internet's best resources. A curriculum
guide is provided below to match a unit to the appropriate grade
level.  The units become progressively more difficult as you
move from the 5th grade to the 8th grade.  The 8th grade units
are often used at the high school level as they're most difficult.
Why your students will enjoy this curriculum?
This curriculum has been field tested in a challenging
middle school environment over the last decade with
fantastic results.  If an activity or slide hasn't been useful
it has been removed. Stunning images, meaningful
activities, exciting video and academic links, built-in
humor, and much more keep the lessons moving in a
positive direction.  The color coding of slides and step
by step approach help maintain focus and don't
overwhelm the students.  The entire curriculum has
been geared toward the middle level learner. If your
student even mildly enjoys science they will absolutely
love this curriculum.  To the left, student's learn about
asteroids, see impact events, and then graph crater size
by dropping marbles of various sizes and heights into a
tray filled with sugar.
Slides within the slideshow cue the student and parent to
various readings, activity sheets, crossword puzzles,
games, and more.  Minimize out of PowerPoint and open
up the lab and activities folder to find these documents.  
Here students read an article about the Love Canal
Disaster.  Students are given a choice of questions to
answer after completion.  Answers keys are provided.
Readings, Flash Cards, Crosswords, Games
This curriculum is secular and taught within the public
school system.  Families or teachers in religous
institutions who want a Christian approach are welcome to
edit the slideshows to fit your own beliefs.  Please delete
those slides or entire units that oppose your values or
curriculum requirements in your school.  Feel free to add
in your own slides to personalize your teaching.
Why not a Textbook?
I ditched the textbooks early in my career and opted for students to
create their own experiences with use of a learning journal.  I began
converting everything I was doing into a super charged and
interactive approach to PowerPoint.  The PowerPoint roadmap is an
online resource that accesses the internet with academic links,
unfolds chronologically, and full of amazing images.  The
experience is much stronger and full of engagement. Student's also
have the opportunity to participate in activities that they won't find in
a textbook.  On the right, students see various pictures of animated
faults and folds. They put their notes to work to complete the quiz.  
The answers are provided at the end so the student and parent can
determine the level of understanding.
Projects and Lab Reports
Many units have large projects or lab
investigations that require students to
record their findings in a more formal
experience.  The projects have some
flexibility built-in that allows the students
to choose how they want to demonstrate
their knowledge.  For lab reports, a lab
report folder is provided that describes
how to write a formal lab report.  
Example reports are also provided.  The
projects also come with a rubric if
Well Being
Important topics in health and wellness are spread
throughout the curriculum.  Issues like tobacco and drug
use, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, obesity, eating
healthy, importance of exercise, and topics as simple as
why brush and floss your teeth are included.  I have
included these important teen issues when they connect to
scientific concepts within the curriculum.  I have always
believed that keeping kids safe, healthy, and happy should
be the cornerstone to any curriculum.  Puberty and the
human reproductive system are included in the Human
Body Systems and Health Topics Unit.  Students have
always thanked me for addressing the important issues that
they're dealing with.  Please preview slideshow and delete
any slides you are uncomfortable with.
Appropriate Grade Level and Difficulty Rating 1/10 (10 is Most Difficult)

5th or 6th or 7th Grade Year
Ecology: Feeding Levels Unit                       
Ecology: Interactions Unit                                   
Water Molecule Unit                                            
Ecology: Abiotic Factors Unit                         
Botany Unit                                                 
Evolution / Change Topics Unit                          
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit                 
Soil Science and Ice Ages Unit                          

6th or 7th or 8th Grade Year
Introduction to Science Unit                         
Astronomy Unit                                                  
Geology Topics Unit                                            
Weather and Climate Unit                                    
Classification and Taxonomy Unit                                  
Human Body and Health Topics Unit                  

8th / 9th / 10th Year
Motion and Machines Unit                           
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit            
Atoms and Periodic Table Unit                            
Infectious Diseases Unit                                    
Cellular Biology Unit                                             
DNA and Genetics Unit    
The units offered on this website are student and teacher friendly. The PowerPoint slideshow will take you and
your student through lab activities, follow-up questions, projects, challenge opportunities, important notes,
videos, review games, and other great learning experiences.  The bundled homework package with answers
helps to review lessons and important concepts.  If you purchase a unit and are not completely satisfied, please
contact me for a full refund.  Thank you again for your interest in this one a kind curriculum, and please feel free
to contact me with any question you may have.  Best wishes.  

Ryan Murphy M.Ed
Entire Science Curriculum (20 units of Study)
Dear Valued Educator,

Thank you for your time and interest in this one of a kind curriculum. If you have any question please feel
free to contact me and I will gladly assist you in any way that I can. Best wishes.

Ryan Murphy M.Ed