Actions and Reactions – A Grade School Introduction to Chemistry & Physics

Learn about chemistry, physics, and more!

 In this full, literature-based curriculum, your child will learn about chemistry, physics, animals, scientists, some history, art, and even ice cream!

We’ve scheduled in tons of fun activities that get kids excited about science while building homeschool memories your family will cherish. Scroll down below to see photos from real families using the curriculum, explore the topics your student will learn, and find out why so many families love Guest Hollow’s Actions and Reactions Curriculum!

Prerequisites: None
Approximate Daily Time Commitment: 30 minutes
$20.00


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“It states it is for elementary grades, but my girls were actually 7th and 8th grades last year. There were a few places I needed to supplement, but the knowledge contained was amazing. I learned things I never knew, and I have a Bachelor’s Degree and taught public school for 6 years!” -Michelle P. A.
Michelle P. A.
Why choose Guest Hollow’s Actions and Reactions Curriculum?

Actions and Reactions gets students enthusiastic about science!




Kids should love science! With Guest Hollow, you can make science the highlight of your homeschool day!

The topics in Actions and Reactions are interrelated and cross-curricular. This makes a robust learning environment that helps build retention and interest!

Students get to participate in a variety of hands-on activities like:

  • Make a real hot-air balloon
  • Create and play with slime
  • Grow crystals
  • Test color-changing juice
  • Cook up some color wheel cupcakes
  • And lots more!

Crafty students can also create several (optional) FREE lapbooks!

Make science the best part of the day!

Guest Hollow’s Actions and Reactions Curriculum
brings science to life.

Students get to immerse themselves in terrific books and videos while also having access to a buffet of activities!

Engaging Books & Materials

We’ve hand-picked books your students will love.

Our homeschool elementary science curriculum schedules in both fiction and non-fiction books that will ignite your student’s love for science.

Free Science Videos

Videos add a visual component.

We scour YouTube to find the best educational videos to make science something to actually see & hear and not just read about.

Fun Science Projects

We work hard to engage ALL types of learners.

You’ll find a buffet of videos, projects, activities, and assignments you can pick-and-choose from to help your students retain what they are learning!

Love Learning

Students and parents love Guest Hollow!

Our customers have shared over and over how Guest Hollow curricula has changed their homeschool and sparked a love for learning!

Free packet of printables!

You get a super-cute water wheel, an interactive thermometer project, a science timeline activity, and a cut-and-paste solids, liquids, and gases activity.

Actions and Reactions free science printables
A free 9-page packet of printables is included with your purchase!
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Does this curriculum come with __________?

books?
No, you need to purchase the scheduled books separately. Learn more.

a printable book list?
Yes. We provide a book list with a handy checklist to help you plan what you want to buy or borrow and in what format. We also let you know when each book is scheduled in, so you can arrange to check out books from the library before you need them!

a schedule?
Yes. You get the same weekly schedule in 3 different formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, and online*. Just open it up and you are ready to learn!
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

a supply list?
No. Most of the activities use inexpensive materials found in most homes. The *spine text, Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics comes with its own supply list at the back of the book.

*A spine book is a book that is used as a backbone of a study that students will use often.

a teacher’s manual?
No. The Actions and Reactions curriculum schedule is all you need!

tests?
No. There are no tests with this curriculum.

a workbook?
No. However, there are lots of free printables and lapbooks linked in the schedule.

Gallery of Photos From Real Families Using Actions and Reactions:

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Take a look at a week from the online version of the schedule here

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Want to know how to use the Guest Hollow PDF Schedule or the editable Microsoft version of our schedule? Go here! (This page give lots of insight as to how our schedules work!)

Have a question about printing your Guest Hollow schedule and materials? We cover that, too!

Topics covered in Actions and Reactions

Chemistry

  • matter
  • atoms
  • elements
  • crystals, plastics, etc.
  • acids & bases
  • chemical reactions
  • mixtures & solutions

History

  • The gold rush
  • Flying balloons
  • The story of salt
  • History related to famous people and scientists
  • Coal miners
  • Chicago Fire of 1871
  • Castles under siege (physics related)

Other Topics

  • Earth’s atmosphere
  • Water cycle
  • Ice Cream
  • Geography & timeline assignments

Physics

  • Newton’s laws
  • Friction
  • Gravity
  • Energy
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Thermal energy
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Simple machines

Animals

  • Dinosaurs
  • Cows & cattle
  • Bats
  • Animal eyes & vision
  • Sea turtles

Literature

There are various stories to read or listen to for fun that tie into specific subjects in the curriculum.

Scientists and People

  • Archimedes
  • Isaac Newton
  • Wilson Bentley
  • Marie Curie
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Galileo
  • William Kamkwamba
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • Nikola Tesla
  • George Ferris

Art

  • Kandinsky
  • Basic color theory
  • Drawing assignments
  • Crafts
  • Rube Goldberg

F.A.Q. for Actions and Reactions

This curriculum is designed for 1st through 6th graders (although quite a few middle schoolers have used it as well). Many of the book selections have two options, one for younger students, and one for older. Mix-and-match based on your student’s level & abilities!

Here’s a quote from one of our customers who used this curriculum with her 7th and 8th graders:


“It states it is for elementary grades, but my girls were actually 7th and 8th grades last year. There were a few places I needed to supplement, but the knowledge contained was amazing. I learned things I never knew, and I have a Bachelor’s Degree and taught public school for 6 years!” 

-Michelle P. A.

If you have a Pre-K or kindergartener who wants to tag along with an older sibling, you can do that too. Just be aware that some of the books and/or information in the *spine book will be over his head. He will still benefit from many of the scheduled books and activities, though. My youngest used to learn a LOT, at that age, by just listening and playing with toys nearby while I taught his older siblings.

*A spine book is a book that is used as a backbone of a study that students will use often.

Note:*A spine book is a book that is used as a backbone of a study that students will use often.

Our curriculum is very flexible. You are welcome to replace the spine book (Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics) with a book of your choice. Having said that, we don’t recommend doing so since many of the videos, activities, and book choices are tied to assignments from that specific book.

Even though the spine text is Christian, I think a non-Christian family can still benefit from it by skipping the small parts that don’t agree with your beliefs. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is chock-full of good and experiments and activities, which is why I chose it! 

Click here to see an example of the Christian material contained in the book.

We’ve had several secular families share with us that they were able to adapt the spine book without any issues as the Christian content wasn’t overwhelming (in their opinion).

You can keep your files forever, if you save your initial download!

Once you’ve downloaded the schedule and printables packet to your computer or device, you are licensed to use the downloaded copy forever. Make sure you download, save, and back up your items immediately after your purchase! You can click directly on the links in the schedule from a computer or other device and can use your materials with younger students years later.

2 Years to Access Additional Downloads & the Online Schedule*

Additional downloads (after your initial purchase) and access to the online version of the schedule are provided as a courtesy and are not guaranteed due to various potential technical and business (and life!) circumstances. It is our intention to continue to provide access for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase. After the 2-year period, you will have the opportunity to repurchase your access at a substantial discount.

Please note, if you have problems, we have a liberal policy of providing extra, free access for unusual circumstances (at our discretion). Just contact us: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

Yes, on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of paperwork they require and the bureaucracy that needs to be navigated. 😉

No, you may NOT resell, share, or distribute any of Guest Hollow’s digital products (or printed out copies of our digital products) which includes but is not limited to schedules, workbooks, printables, and other materials.

Our materials are licensed for a single family’s use only. You may print out as many copies as you reasonably need for siblings or others living in your home.

Please contact us if you wish to use our materials in a co-op or school: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

Yes, but every family in a co-op needs to purchase a copy of our materials (one item per family). We offer a co-op discount. Contact us for information about the discount.

Schools need to contact us for school pricing and payment options.

Contact us at: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

No. We only offer a digital version at this time. You can print out your materials at home or have them printed via a printing service.

Some of our customers use The Homeschool Printing Company or Family Nest Printing. We don’t endorse any specific printing company. They are shared for informational purposes only.

Please see the F.A.Q. on the Actions and Reactions Books and Resources page.

Actions and Reactions has 32 weeks of fun and fascinating topics scheduled. You can use the extra 4 weeks of the school year to factor in sick days, travel, or spending more time on a favorite topic (going down “bunny trails”)!

Week 1: Matter, density, volume, mass, Archimedes, sink or float?

Week 2: More about matter, buoyancy, Archimedes, Gold Rush

Week 3: Atoms, surface tension, gas, Isaac Newton

Week 4: More about atoms, more about gasses, condensation, water cycle, hot-air balloons

Week 5: More about atoms, Hindenburg

Week 6: More about atoms, Periodic Table of Elements, dinosaurs

Week 7: Molecules / bonding, salt, atmosphere

Week 8: Crystals, gems, diamonds, plastics, putty, Wilson Bentley

Week 9: Recycling, plastics, acids, bases, pH, Marie Curie

Week 10: Chemical reactions

Week 11: Mixtures, suspensions, emulsions, polar bonds in water, soap, copper, character lessons

Week 12: Alloys, colloids, where milk comes from, cows, cattle

Week 13: Mechanics, motion, inertia, Newton’s first law, Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Mesmer

Week 14: Newton’s second law, Newton’s third law, Buzz Aldrin

Week 15: Friction, adhesion

Week 16: Gravity, acceleration, centripetal force, Galileo, flying airplane design

Week 17: Types of energy, conserving energy, coal miners

Week 18: Renewable energy, William Kamkwamba

Week 19: Sound, Kandinsky (synesthesia)

Week 20: More about sound, sonar, ultrasound, etc., bats

Week 21: Light, light spectrum, wavelength, how animals see, Thomas Edison

Week 22: More about light, primary colors, color theory

Week 23: Thermal energy, thermodynamics, Albert Einstein

Week 24: Heat, convection, radiation, conduction, insulators, fire, Chicago Fire of 1871

Week 25: Combustion, measuring heat, ice cream, fire safety

Week 26: Electricity, Benjamin Franklin, Lightning

Week 27: More about electricity, circuits, Nikola Tesla

Week 28: Magnets

Week 29: More about magnets, sea turtles

Week 30: Simple machines, castles under siege

Week 31: More about simple machines, William Ferris and the first ferris wheel

Week 32: Rube Goldberg

We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Actions and Reactions Curriculum is not intended to be a “Christian resource”. However, there may be infrequent (or what we consider to be) minor references or links to resources that mention Christian ideas, values, or sectarian topics even in our secular/non-religious/neutral curriculums.

If we schedule in a Christian book, we try to give you notice of such in the books and resources page.

Christians and non-Christians should preview the scheduled books and all other resources such as videos, etc. to make sure they are compatible with your beliefs, philosophies, and values.

After purchasing a curriculum, you’ll see that the item you just bought shows that it is discounted 50% in our store. The reason you are seeing this is because we give you the opportunity to repurchase the schedule and your downloads at a substantial discount before they expire (2 years from date of purchase).

Please note: You do NOT need to repurchase your schedule in order to use the files you originally purchased and downloaded. You can use your downloaded schedule forever and can click on the links just as you can the online version of the schedule. You just won’t have access to any updates after your online access expires.

Why does access expire? Every year we go through all our curriculum schedules and update broken links and/or replace books that have gone out of print. This is a very time-intensive process that keeps our curricula up-to-date. Your repurchase helps fund this process and provides you with a schedule that has all the new additions or changes.

*It is our intention to provide access for a period of 2 years, however, access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

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