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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Science Resources for Homeschoolers

Science Textbooks for Homeschoolers

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Some publishers of standards-alligned public school textbooks will
sell individual copies to homeschool parents, others will not.  If you are
interested in purchasing new copies of these types of textbooks, you
will need to contact each of the major publishers for details.

If you are interested in used copies, they can often be found (at much
reduced prices) on e-Bay, thru online used book sellers, in university
book stores, and in thrift stores.  Teacher's editions can be hard to

School Textbook Publishers
You will have to speak with a sales rep about buying single copies.

Pearson Education
Pearson/Scott Foresman/Silver-Burdett
Harcourt Education
Prentice Hall
Houghton Mifflin
W.H. Freeman -- biology, especially, the texts Life: The Science of
Biology and Biology of Plants
Sinauer Associates -- biology and life sciences

Other Sources for Textbooks

Free Online Science and Math Textbooks -- a list compiled by
Professor Mark Dubin of the University of Colorado, presented on his
NeuraLinksPlus website, lists hundreds of textx in alphabetical order

Free Online Historic Science Texts -- a listing compiled by Bill Palmer at
Northern Territory University, Darwin, NT, Australia,  includes texts from BC
400  to 1994  

Kimball's Biology Pages -- an online biology textbook by a former
professor of Tufts and Harvard, originally based on the author's own
textbook (published 1965), written at a high school to college level

Introductory Historical Geology by Hugh Rance -- a free online high
school level text

Errors and Science Myths in K - 6 Science Textbooks -- an interesting
look at common errors and misconceptions present in elementary science

Castle Heights Press -- elementary and secondary science texts and lab
manuals, several science unit studies

DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing -- colorful photo-filled presentation of
topics for pre-K to middle school, various subjects

Usborne Publishers -- colorful fact-filled presentations cover various
topics, internet linked text, a UK based publisher with world-wide distributors,
in the US parents must contact a local home sales rep to purchase Usborne.

The Story of Science by Joy Hakim -- a series of biography-based books
on science and the scientists behind the discoveries, written in a friendly  
conversational tone

Apologia Educational Ministries -- Christian-focused science textbooks
for elementary, middle and high school, Creationist views incorporated into


"How to buy the right microscope" from GreatScopes

Some books with good introductions and simple experiments:
check your library and science museum gift shops for these and others :-)

Science Experiments with a Microscope by Levine and Johnstone -- my
personal favorite for beginners, it includes good descriptions on making
your own thin sections, etc.

Experimenting with a Microscope by Maurice Bleifeld

The Microscope Book by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone

The World of the Microscope by Oxlade and Stockley

The Usborne book
The World of the Microscope

Cell and Microbe Science Fair Projects by Rainis
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