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Sassafras Science Scope and Sequence

Here at Sassafras Science, we do things a bit differently than the typical science curriculum. It is because we use living books to teach science, which does not always have clear-cut objectives and standards.

So, we wanted to put together a Scope and Sequence for you all to make things a bit easier. Here is what our current books cover:

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 1: Zoology

Age range - K through 5th grade

What it covers - Volume 1 studies the following biological topics through specific animals from the area that the Sassafras twins have visited.

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Invertebrates (Insects)
  • Animal Diet (carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore)
  • Habitats (with a focus on the animals found there)

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 2: Anatomy

Age range - K through 5th grade

What it covers - Volume 2 studies the following biological topics through specific body parts as the Sassafras twins travel around the world.

  • Cells
  • Integumentary System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Reproductive System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Immune System

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 3: Botany

Age range - K through 5th grade

What it covers - Volume 3 studies the following biological topics through specific plants from the area that the Sassafras twins have visited.

  • Pollination and Seed Dispersal
  • Non-flowering Plants (Gymnosperms)
  • Flowering Plants (Angiosperms)
  • Parts of a Flower
  • Herbs and Grasses
  • Carnivorous Plants
  • Parasitic Plants
  • Fungi and Molds
  • Cacti
  • Biomes (with a focus on plants)

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 4: Earth Science

Age range - K through 5th grade

What it covers - Volume 4 studies the following earth science topics through the weather and water features found in the area that the Sassafras twins have visited.

  • Biomes (with a climate focus)
  • Weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes)
  • Droughts and sandstorms
  • Freezing weather (ice, snow, and frost)
  • Seasons
  • Day/Night Cycle
  • Atmosphere
  • Clouds
  • Natural cycles (water, nitrogen, and so on)
  • Rivers, lakes, and waterfalls
  • Oceans (currents and coral reefs)

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 5: Geology

Age range - 1st through 6th grade

What it covers - Volume 5 studies the following earth science topics through geological features found in the area that the Sassafras twins have visited.

  • Continents
  • Earth's core
  • Geothermal features (including volcanoes)
  • Maps
  • Rocks (including sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, igneous rocks, meteorites, and minerals)
  • Fossils and Fossil Fuels
  • Fjords and Islands
  • Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
  • Erosion and Weathering
  • Mountains
  • Caves

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 6: Astronomy

**Currently in Production**

Age range - 1st through 6th grade

What it will cover - Volume 6 will cover the following space-related topics as the twins zip around the world.

  • Our Sun (including the day/night cycle and eclipses)
  • The Planets (including dwarf planets)
  • Moon (including lunar cycles)
  • Asteroids, Black Holes, and Comets
  • Stars (including a star's life cycle and constellations)
  • Galaxies and our Solar System
  • Telescopes, Space Probes, and Satellites
  • Rockets and Space Shuttle

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 7: Chemistry

Age range - 1st through 6th grade

What it will cover - Volume 7 will cover the elements and other chemistry-related topics as the twins zip around the world.

The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 8: Physics

Age range - 1st through 6th grade

What it will cover - Volume 8 will cover gravity, light, and other physics-related topics as the twins zip around the world.

A little more about living books and notebooking

We often use terms at Sassafras Science that you may not be familiar with, such as living books and notebooking. Here is a bit more about those subjects:

Living Books

Notebooking