For Elementary Students
When it comes to introducing earth and environmental science to elementary students, it's important to look for curriculum materials that both introduce facts to these young students and that feature fun experiments that make learning about these science topics fun. While you can purchase a textbook that includes a multitude of scientific topics under one cover, it is much more enriching to spend a year on earth and environmental science while constructing a curriculum of your own.
One fun series of books for this age group is the Seymour Simon Earth Science series including Weather, Lightning, Tornadoes, etc. These books can be found at many libraries or inexpensively purchased through Amazon to become part of your curriculum collection.
Another book you can use for earth science is The Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Our World. Not only will students be able to read about Earth Science, but they will also be able to engage themselves in internet activities that will enrich that experience.
For environmental science, consider the Young Discoverers Science Series including Pollution and Waste and Garbage and Recycling amongst the available titles. These books contain text and experiments that young students can carry out.
A final option for students in the elementary years is R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Earth & Space (Level One); this program features experiment-based learning of environmental and earth science. It is an outstanding secular option for homeschooling families.
Science kits for this age group include All About Rocks Mini-Lab, Toysmith Volcano Making Lab, and Smart Box Weather Science. While you can perform some experiments on your own as demonstrations for students in this group, it's important to choose experiments that the student can be involved in as well. Keep a journal of the topics that were covered, and the experiments performed by having students give brief narrations of what was read or discovered.