Physical Science

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Genesis 1:1    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


If you are looking for Apologia class schedules, please click on the DonnaYoung button on the right.  Look under the tab SCIENCE and it will take to you the page with all the information you need and more.  🙂


You can find this science curriculum at Apologia Educational Ministries .


I have been asked several times if I thought the first and second edition of Physical Science could be use in the same classroom.  The simple answer is no.  I had one student who picked up the wrong edition and within the first week, there was a small problem.  Also, there are new experiments in the second edition that are not in the first book.

Quote from Apologia Educational Ministries website:  “PLEASE NOTE: Because of the differences between the first and second editions, students in a group setting cannot use both.


To see another homeschooling mom’s Physical Science experience, please visit

Marty’s blog Sahm I Am.  You’ll be glad you did. 🙂


During Co-op for the school year 2007/2008, I have the privilege of teaching seven students using  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, by Dr. Wile.  We are using the second edition, which is really nice.  The examples, On Your Own questions, and experiments are all color coded.  Student’s can’t miss them. 😀

There are a few extra things that I needed to bring to class because I lack a stove and sink in the classroom.  These things are listed below and will be updated if needed.

What to do, if you need an empty 2 liter bottle and don’t have one.

Listed below are my posts on the different modules.  I hope you enjoy hearing about our fun class this year.  🙂

At the beginning of the second week in Module 3, I gave a quiz on the the Homosphere layers.  I used Figure 3.5 (page 65, 2nd edition) to make the quiz.  For some reason I was not able to type in the ozone layers numbers, so I hand written them.  I also drew in moutains at the bottom of the page.  Since my scanner is not working right now, all you get is the unfinished copy on my computer.  Write in 30km at the top of your Ozone layer, and 20km at the bottom.  Draw in moutains if you want.

The kids had fun with the following lab, even though it didn’t work very well.

Module 5 – The Hydrosphere

Module 6 – Earth and the Lithosphere

Module 7:

  • A great movie for Module 7 is Whirling Winds by Moody Science.
  • The experiment in this module will take us almost 4 weeks to finish.  We are using the website Weather Underground to gather all of our data.
  • Build a Barometer
  • We had extra time during class with this module, so I made a Bingo game using all vocabulary from previous modules to make up the time.  YoungMinds CD, has blank bingo cards you can use.  Just put the words on the cards, and call out the definitions.  Make sure you have some winning cards.  🙂

Module 8:

Nothing exciting went on for Module 8.  The students gathered their weather information and predicted the weather.  It was harder than they thought, but I think they enjoyed trying to figure it out.  An extra experiment we did was The Awesome Power of the Sun.  This was a fun experiment to do before the Christmas break.  🙂

January 2008:

Module 9:  The students find it difficult to do the conversions.  IF I was to do this course over again, I would make worksheets with two or three equations for the student to do each week, to prepare them for the second half of this book.  🙂

Module 10  Newton ROCKS!

A great book for Modules 10 & 11 is The Science of Forces by Steve Parker.   It has several easy experiments to do for extra excitment in the classroom.  I wanted to do the experiment Act and React, for Newtons’ Third Law, but I didn’t get the book in time.   I will be doing Around and Around on page 20, to demonstrate Centripetal Force for Module 11.  Actually, I am going to use a spinning top game, but this book gave me the idea.  I’ll be posting about it later.  🙂

Module 11: Forces in Creation

Module 12: Forces in Creation Part 2

Module 13: Latin terms on the Periodic Table of Elements

The links below were provided by Marty.  Thanks Marty!!

Periodic Table of Elements with pictures of the elements. So cool!

On-line element games. On the right side of the screen.

Video of the Periodic Table. Now this is really cool!

Dynamic Periodic Table Very colorful!

Extra experiments done during Module 13.  They have nothing to do with Module 13. 🙂

Module 14: Waves and Sound

Module 15: Light
Module 15: part 2

49 responses to “Physical Science

  1. Hi. I came across your blog- a group of us just started a co-op. We meet once a week. Do you find that taking 2 weeks to do a module is the best? Do you do all the experiments on your co-op day? Or do you have the kids do them at home as well as they are reading? How do you get your kids to do really good lab reports? Mine kind of look into space with blank looks when they have to come up with an intro, adn hypothesis etc. Any good suggestions?

  2. Hi Cheryl! Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll try to answer your questions.

    Yes, two weeks is just right for the modules. They are set up in the book in such a way that the kids have an exam every other week. I spend the first Monday on the first half of the module and the second Monday the second half. The kids take their exams at home on a Friday and bring it to me to grade on the following Monday.

    We try to do all the experiments in class. There are a few that I can not do, like ex. 5.2 (I think) needs extra time to freeze salt water. We don’t have that time. Any experiment that requires something I can’t provide in the classroom, is done at home. I find that we can do three experiments in a 1 1/2 hour class, if needed. In other words ALL experiments will be done, either in class or at home.

    The kids have daily reading assignments. They do not have reading assignments on Mondays or holidays. I’ll make a link to my schedule in the above post.

    I messed up and did not go over the lab reports the first day. I assumed they learned it last year. Anyhoo, I took an hour one class period and went over what was expected. I do not have them write a hypothesis. The link to the forms we use, is Basic Lab Sheets, above. Once I got the labs to grade, I wrote what they needed to improve. I gave no mercy. 😀 I do not have them write an introducation. I have them write a purpose “Why are you doing this experiment?”. They were able to answer that better. 🙂

    Mine look into space also when I start talking. It is very boring to them, so I try to living things up. This past week, I had them tasting different water sources. I told them they just drank water from a ditch and that got all of them awake. LOL It really wasn’t ditch water. I’ll be posting about that next week. We are in Module 5 and I have one more Monday in that module before I’ll post about it.

    I have posted about some of our experiments above. Have a look around and see what all we did. If you have any questions, just let me know. 🙂

  3. Looks like you are doing a great job with this class. I read through most of the posts and it seems like the kids are all liking it alot. I wish I was able to send my son to a co-op for chemisty!!

  4. Lorraine Wallisa

    hi I’m looking for the co-op schedule for Apologia Chemistry

    Hi Lorraine, you can find the schedule at

  5. I don’t remember ever learning Physics and was wondering if there are any books that explain Modules 9 and 10 in really easy terms!!! ; ) and/or websites. My library does not have the Parker book you recommended.

  6. Dean, I would just do a search on the internet for Physics of Motion and Forces. Also, the library has a lot more books that might help. I don’t have anything right now to suggest, but I’ll do a search and see what I can come up with. Module 9 & 10 are not easy.

    This might help. Discovery Education I know that Apologia Educational Ministries has extra help on their website.

  7. Hi- How much do you charge for your co-op class? Do you provide all of the experiment materials or have each child buy the kit? We are doing a general science coop this year and praying about doing physical science next year. Enjoyed your site very much. thanks 🙂

    Thank yo Christina. I emailed you.

  8. do you have any info on Exploring Creation with Zoology 1?

    Rhonda, the answer is no, but I did email you.

    • This comment was left quite a long time ago, so I am wondering if you have an updated “yes” answer. 🙂 The Donna Young schedule for a 22-week Flying Creatures co-op class only gives the schedule for the second semester.

  9. Hi Michelle-
    I was looking for your email address and couldn’t find it, So i am leaving this on your blog. My question is how long are your classes each week…1 hr?
    Thanks 🙂
    I appreciate your help

    Hi Christina. Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 I am going to email you, but I’ll put the answer here also. Our classes are 1 1/2 hours each Monday.

  10. Michelle,
    Does each student need their own lab kit?

    If the experiment was inexpensive, I had each student do their own. The rest, I either paired them up in twos or threes, or did only one in front of the class. So, no each student does not need their own lab kit.

  11. Tom and Heather

    Your blog has been so helpful as we plan our co-op, and I thank you for taking the time to share it! We are going to try and do science in the summer and double the pace, just like a typical summer school class. We will be doing 1 module per week. Do you have suggestions for how to structure the class time? We’ll be meeting once per week for 1.5 hours. I appreciate your thoughts!


    I tried to email you, but the addy bounced back. Here is what I wanted to say:

    My students read an average of five pages a day (I think), if you condense it down to one week, they will have to read up to 10 or more pages a day, plus experiments. One module had six experiments in it.

    I think it would be difficult for the student to read the material, do the experiments, answer all On Your Own Questions, write up the labs, do the Study Guide, and the Test, all in one week. Especially if you meet for 1.5 hours a week, that gives them, three other days to do the work, then the test on the fifth day.

    So, I am not sure how to help you. =) If you do the work in one week, I hope it goes well for you. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

  12. I am starting to prepare for teaching a coop this coming year. Your schedule and blog look great and will be very helpful. I had a question regarding editions 1 and 2. Do you know if there are major differences between them?

    HI Trudy, Thanks for visiting my blog. No, you can not use both books in one classroom. I explained it in the post above, finally. 🙂

  13. Did you do Module #16. We’re running out of time, and I’m wondering if it can be skipped. Thanks.

    • Yes, we did. I just didn’t report anything on that module, for some reason. If you are running out of time, I don’t see why you can’t skip it. That’s up to you, though. The students did like the expanding universe experiment.

  14. Jayne DeKraker

    Hi, I just purchased Physical Science First Edition, is there a schedule out there for Edition 1? Thanks so much!


  15. I am leading a coop this year for physical science. I’m looking for a schedule for Apologia’s 2nd edition. We will meet once a week and I’d like to do all of the experiments in class. I tried the link, but couldn’t find your schedule. Can you direct me again?
    Thanks so much.

    • I’m sorry. I don’t know what happened to the link in the post. Thanks for letting me know. I fixed it.

      You can find the co-op schedules here. Just make the schedules fit your class best. 🙂

  16. Hi,
    We live in a rather rural area and do not have ready access to a co-op. I have been pondering buying the DVD available through The link for this site was found through Apologia. I looks good, but I am not crazy about spending $150. Do you know anything about red wagon, or do you have any other advice for family without access to co-op? Thanks.

    • Hi Jeanne,

      I don’t know anything about redwagontutorials. I do know you can do the Apologia sciences on your own. They are actually made that way. If you need scheduling help, you can go to


    • Jeanne:

      Apologia has changed ownership. The new owners are veteran home educators and science folks, too. Anyway, Red Wagon is a venture for video based tutorials they have just launched this year. I think it sounded great, too, but I would encourage you to try to teach this course yourself. My children have enjoyed directing themselves through the Apologia text (even the ones that are not science-lovers) because they are so well written. Either option you choose, you can’t go wrong.

      Enjoy the journey,

  17. Hi! We’ve just started a physical science co-op this year and are just on module #2. We meet once a week on Thursday and it’s taking me so much longer to make sure everything’s covered. I’m doing my best to cover each module in two class meetings but I can’t seem to get through all the material and it’s even worse when there are more than one experiment. Our class meets for 2 hours. If you could give me any tips or direction on how your 1 1/2 class time is structured, I would greatly appreciate it!!

    • Hi Katie,
      Thank you for visiting my blog.
      In our co-op we are considered “facilitators”. We direct the kids in their lessons. They are responsible for learning most of the material on their own. That is also how the book is written. I had plenty of time each class period of 1.5 hours, to do all the experiments schedule plus lecture, plus add in a lot of fun extra stuff.

      I usually had two classes per module. I lectured for 45 minutes, cover any important points, then did labs, but some days we only had time for labs. All lab write-ups were done at home, not during class. There were a lot of times, I would not even go over certain areas of a module. Those sections were easily understood and the students can do that at home.

      I hope that helped you some and I hope you have lots of success in your class. 🙂

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  18. Can you give me more information on how you did the weather prediction for Experiment 8.2? Are the students to use the weather data they collected in Module 7 just as a way of identifying patterns? Also, are they using the same weather chart and filling in all the information again for 8.2, and just adding an addtional 2 collumns for the predicting part? Thanks! I (and my class) will appreciate any light you can shed on this!

    • Hi Judi,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll try to answer your question. It has been a couple of years since, I did this class.

      For Module 7 Weather we used the Weather Chart 1 from

      That chart is used for Module 7 and is referred to when you predict the outcome for Module 8. So, yes, you would use the same chart and add the two extra columns on the end. If you look at Donna’s chart, there will be a Forecast column and that is what you use for Mod. 8. You do not need to fill in the chart all over again for Mod. 8, just use the same chart. I really hope that helps, because I am confusing myself here. LOL If you have anymore questions, please let me know. Blessings.

  19. When you teach with Apologia high school books, do you use the tests that come with the curriculum or make your own? I have found that the tests don’t cover enough and are very repetitive, yet I don’t feel competent enough to write my own. I have used General Science and Physical Science books. Any suggestions?

  20. Hello,
    I am going to teach Physical Science co-op this year, and due to no internet all summer, I am finally (and rather frantically) trying to get organized in the next week. I have Sonlight’s schedule, as well as the one from DonnaYoung, but am confused as to when to do the labs? Do you do them prior to them reading about them, or following? Does that make sense? Also, do you lecture and have them take notes?? Thanks so much!

    • I made the schedule out so that the students will have read through the experiment before coming to class. Most of the class is used for experiments, but I will lecture during the experiment and afterwards if there is time. Usually there was time. 🙂 Hope that helps. I didn’t make the students take notes. They are old enough to know when to take notes. It shows up in their labs and tests if they don’t, so I’ll remind them again to take notes.

  21. Great resource, Applie. A is doing Physical Science this year. I know that all your work is going to come in handy.

  22. Hello! We’ll be doing Physical Science in a co-op next year and someone told me that you should have Algebra I before this class. What are your thoughts?

    • No you do not need Algebra 1. You do need to have taken 7th grade math and you really NEED to know how to do unit multipliers . This is probably why someone thought you should have Algebra 1 first. Here is a link to how to do the unit multipliers. If I was to do this class again, I’d have the students to two or three problems a week during the summer and up to the module that this is in. Just my opinion. 🙂

      Hope this helps!

  23. Hello! 🙂
    We promote this text/course at our tutorial group as a 9th or 10th grade high school lab credit for high school, although the umbrellas seem to think it’s an 8th grade course, and Apologia states it is 8th OR 9th grade. After teaching it yourself, do you feel that with the labs being performed, does this qualify as a highschool course? I have heard it is very math based.

    Reason for asking, my oldest daughter (14) is a freshman in highschool, and this year she has excelled in Apologia Biology 1 at our co-op. I was planning to have her take this physical science in 1oth grade with the lab they have at co-op, then she wants to take Apologia Marine Biology in 11th to finish out her required 3 science with lab credits (at home, as I am a wildlife biologist). There are several other 10th graders taking this Phys. sci. course with this text, and since my daughter is musically focused (plus enjoys marine biology), I did not see why she would have to take chemistry or anat. & phys. in highschool.

    Thank you SO much for your thoughts and opinions on this. This being my first of three in highschool, and even though I have homeschooled for 11 years, I am struggling with the decision of science.

    Kim A

    • Hi Kim,

      Apologia is a high school course. I don’t know why the umbrella thinks it is an 8th grade course, except that the school has raised their bar of standards. There are several 8th graders that have taken Biology in our co-op and it is counted as a high school credit. My son did the Phys. Science in 8th grade and since it had a lab, we counted that as high school as well. Biology is not math based. Chemistry is though.

      If your state requires three sciences, 2 with labs, then Biology, Phys. Science, and Marine Biology will be enough. All are highschool course. Check with your state on the Marine Biology and with the college your daughter is wanting to attend, to see if they accept Marine Biology. Here in FL it is not an acceptable science. It can be taken as an elective, but not one of the required science. I thought that was weird since we live in FL. I would love to do the Marine Biology!

      Hope this helps!! Let me know if you have anymore questions. 🙂

  24. Do you charge a fee for your course at the co-op? How long is your course, 30 or 32 weeks?

    • There is a fee for each family joining the co-op each year. Also each mom must facilitate a class and at least one of the kids is in 6 grade or above. We are an academic co-op. We follow the county’s school schedule as best as we can. We meet once a week and it works out to be 31 or 32 weeks.

  25. I just taught Apologia PHysical Science to our co-op, along with 2 other moms who taught history and literature. The other 2 moms were thoughtful and got small gifts for each of the students (there are 4). I was only focused on thank-you gifts for the other moms, but now wish I’d considered a small token for the kiddoes. Got any interesting ideas for inexpensive gifts that might be somehow science-inspired?? 2 boys and 2 girls…14-15 year olds. One mom did mostly candy and silly putty, the other got the girls some little jewelry. I need it under $10, preferably less per kid. Would love it if your creative juices had any great thoughts on this one 🙂
    P.S. forgot to thank YOU>…..your blog was so helpful this year!!

    • Thank you, Wendy. The only thing I can think of is silly string. The kids love that stuff. I bought one can for each of my students this year, from the dollar store. I also got them some candy, and a few other dollar type junk. Oh, one thing I got this year that would be great for a Physical Science type gifty, is glow in the dark slime. I found it at the dollar store and it comes in different colors. It’s nasty and it was played with the most. lol That’s all I can think of. Hope that helps.

  26. We are a week away from starting school and I just put together a small co-op to help some moms of 9th graders do this curriculum for HS credit. I am so excited to find your schedule, and wanted to let you know you are still blessing families in 2012 with your work! Thank you!

  27. We have two ten week sessions of coop that meet once a week on Friday. Do you think we could accomplish the Physical science book in that time? 10 weeks starts just after Labor Day and ends before Thanksgiving. Then Break. Start again February – April for the second session.

    • How many hours do you attend the class? If one hour, tthen my answer is probably no. You will have to cover two modules per week and give enough time to cover the material. Here there are groups of people that offer these classes in the summer for an 8 week session. They meet once a week from 9-3:00. They cover all modules and do all the experiments. So it can be done, you just have to meet for more than one hour a week. 🙂 Hope that helps.

  28. Thank you anyway!

  29. Steve and Lisa Menday

    I was looking at the Physical Science schedule and can’t understand how to use this in a co-op situation. We would be meeting once/week. I’m not sure what we should be covering during the meeting and what the kids do at home.
    Thank you for your clarification.

  30. Hi, I am leading Physical Science class at our coop this year and I am NOT a teacher so am not very creative in making the classroom part interesting, so am enjoying reading your info. Thank you. I did notice that you had a quiz for one of the modules, did you give them a quiz for each one? and if so, is there anyway you would be willing to share them.

    Thank you for sharing with this inexperienced home school mom

    • I don’t really remember, but I don’t think I did. It was usually given when I thought the kids came to class unprepared. 😀 I would share them, if I had them.

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