Today I want to tell you about Generation Genius science curriculum. This program consists of 36 videos, 12 minutes each, on major science topics that we should cover in grades 3-5.
Every video comes with a lesson plan, a vocabulary list, a teacher guide, and activities to do before and after watching the video. Generation Genius was produced through a partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.
My children will be in 3rd grade and 5th grade respectively this Fall, so this curriculum fits our needs very well. I can see how younger or older children would like it, too. The videos entertain, besides delivering solid scientific concepts.
The Dancing Scientist
Jeff Vinokur, also known as the Dancing Scientist, along with Izzy and Zoe, teenagers, take turns showing different science experiments and concepts. Bert, a funny robot, and Dr. Jeff’s mom make appearances as well. Together, they make up a great cast of characters who exude energy and the cool factor.
Many TV shows have featured Dr. Jeff. He makes science fun, funny and entertaining. He also makes it clear, which is probably the most important thing. Honestly, some of these videos explained science concepts in a way that made sense even for me, a linguist. I wish I learned science this way as a child.
My children loved the videos. In fact, it was hard to stop them from binge watching. I believe it took them only three days to watch all 36 videos. The program is captivating.
How We Used Generation Genius
For the first three videos, they let me do a full lesson plan with them. We answered questions before watching the video. Then, we answered questions after watching the video. Don’t worry, the answers are only one click away, so you do not need any preparation for teaching this curriculum. It’s very much open and go.
There are vocabulary terms that need to be discussed and copied into the Science Binder under Definitions. Last but not least, if you feel brave enough, you can reproduce the DIY projects suggested, one per video.
As I said, they kids accepted this order of things for the first three videos. After that, they begged me to just let them watch the videos straight up, no formal learning activities around them. It’s summer break, after all, so I let them.
Summer Break Rationalizations
They watched 12 videos per day and they kept coming to tell me about the videos. I watched several with them, of course, but I still had my own responsibilities around the house and could not sit through all of them.
My plan is to pick it back up from video number 4 when school starts in a couple of weeks. This way, we will go through each lesson all over again. As we do so, we will reinforce the subject matter.
The videos are available on a subscription basis, $15 monthly or $95 yearly, on any device connected to the Internet. For me, this science curriculum seems perfect.
First, it inspires the kids with the idea that science is cool. Secondly, it reinforces the scientific method. Third, it teaches otherwise boring concepts in a fun way. Last but not least, we have no mess to clean up in the kitchen.
Disclaimer: I have received a free subscription to GenerationGenius.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review.