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Favorite Science Ebooks

science-41512_640Here are some of our favorite science books. Though we are not yet middle or high school level at our house, I have compiled some I think you might like. I have also included some traditional texbooks from the 21st century. They are categorized by a broad range below.  There are many more on Google Books. You can use some of the words in these titles as key words in your search. You can read more about searching for free  ebooks on Finding Free Textbooks on Google Books or Searching the Internet Archive.

Primary

You can find more science for primary in Narrative Style Science Readers

Plant and Animal Children: How They Grow

Plants and Their Children

Intermediate

Object Lessons in Elementary Science: Following the Scheme …

First Year Science-with experiments

Real Things in Nature: A Reading Book of Science for …

Science for Beginners: A First Book in General Science for … with exercises to illustrate principles

Science for Beginners with exercises to illustrate principles

Middle Grades

CK-12 Life Science for Middle School

CK-12 Earth Science for Middle School

From Vitamins to Baked Goods: Real Applications of Organic …

iguana-223157_640High School

Zoölogy for High Schools and Academies

CK-12 Biology

CK-12 Biology Workbook

CK-12 Basic Physics – Second Edition

CK-12 People’s Physics, Version 3

CK-12 Earth Science for High School

CK-12 Chemistry – Second Edition

General Science: First Course with questions and excercises

General Science

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Our Favorite 19th Century Ebooks for Sciences-More Albert Blaisdell

Here is a list of our favorite 19th century ebooks for Science.  I think it will come as no surprise the Albert Blaisdell’s books will be on this list. He is just so much fun. I will shareorange-14735_640 science books by other authors in another post.

Physiology, By Albert Blaisdell

Written For 3rd grade, Interest Level  8-10 years of age

Physiology for Little Folks A revised version of The Child’s Book of Health

The Child’s Book of Health

Written For 4th and 5th grade, Interest Level  10-12 years of age

How to Keep Well

Physiology For Boys and Girls Revised version of How to Keep Well

Written For 6th and 7th grade, Interest Level  12-15 years of age

Our Bodies and How We Live

Young Folk’s Physiology– revised version of Our Bodies and How We Live

Our Bodies or How We live: Physiology for theYoung

High School

Life and Health

A Practical Physiology

For Teachers

How to Teach Physiology-Not Found

 

19th Century Schoolbooks

school-32981_64019th Century Schoolbooks is  fabulous for some ebook downloads. We have used A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston. You will find it is more comprehensive than public school history text and much less agenda. It tells history like an adventure story full of wit and charm. There are some facts we quibble about at home, but so far it has served as a good beginning. We also plan on using The Young American, or, Book of Government and Law by Samuel G.Goodrich for our Civics requirement in our state. I chose this book because it really dives into the discussion of liberty and the purpose of government. It was written in a time, it seems where ideals were still close to the ideals of our founders.  

If you need to print a book for one of your children, you might go crazy when you figure out that you can only print one page at a time. This is a bummer, however there are other website to download and print these titles at. If you find a title you like and desire to print it, try searching for the title at one of the following sites: 

https://archive.org/

http://www.gutenberg.org/

http://books.google.com/

http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

I find the books style and vocabulary refreshing. I prefer the content in the “readers” far more than some contemporary text. They tend to include high moral standards, problem solving, and charm. I have found that some authors write a series including different age groups for the same topic. You can simply go to the preface of a book that you like. Most tell you the age group the book is intended for and what other books are included in the series. This is a great option. I can download the 3rd grade version for my son, the 4/5th grade version for my oldest and they can discuss the topic having understood it fully from a text that was comfortable to them.

Searching the Internet Archive

detective-156961_640Archive.org is a treasure trove. I cannot tell you how awesome this database is for finding public domain resources. Just the other day, I was perusing another website for science and history books to download for my newest reader. I needed something fairly straight forward, yet something to catch interest. I happened upon some books written by Albert Blaisdell. I fell in love instantly with the voice he writes in. He relates the topic very well to prior learning. The only problem was that I could not find all of the books in the series of textbooks he wrote. Instinctively, I surfed on over to Archive.org and found every one of them. I was giddy.

Archive.com  and its users have data-based  websites, video, audio, books, and TV news broadcast. All are free for your listening, viewing, or reading pleasure. The uses are endless in homeschooling. I love to find 19th century readers for the kids. The writing seems more wholesome, inviting the read to problem solve with a higher moral code than the world today. My kids enjoy the  classics. From Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz series to Robert Louis Stevenson’s works, we often us the books found here with the audio version to enjoy a book that might be above our most comfortable reading level.  We have found some adapted versions of the classics, as well. We enjoy the 19th century schoolbooks for many reasons. I will address that in another post.

To search Archive is simple. You can enter your key words and search all types of media or you can minimize your search to a certain form of media by using the pull down menu or  by clicking on the links at the top and choosing your media form . If you search by the first method, you will see an icon  before the title of the resources listed that indicates the type of media it is. If you have found a book on the database, simply click on the title and notice the options for viewing or download to the left of the page. You can read it straight from the website, download it from Google, to your Kindle or other device. If your find more than one of the book you are looking for, be sure to check them out. Some scans do not have the quality others do.wizard-of-oz-269148_640

My oldest is happy reading from the computer, so she downloads them to her Kindle for PC, that way she has use  of the digital bookmark. My middle child likes a paper copy. I print and bind his, according to the width. I might use a binder, a folder with brads, or simply staple a portion of a book. I save them for my youngest to use.  You can print them with an economy option if you have it. I also print them with 2 pages per sheet on landscape. You have to test print each book to see how small the font will be if you do this. Most turn our great. The printing of course is not free, but with my printer and ink combo, the cost comes to just under $3.00 for a 300 page book, using the 2 pages per sheet option. Some of the books I find are available to purchase, but I haven’t found one cheaper than printing on my own.

There are a couple of other places that I take advantage of for media in the public domain. Look for posts on them soon. You can also look forward to reading about other finds on Archive that we enjoy. That way you don’t have to do all the legwork. Just enjoy homeschooling for free!