Science Biographies & Living Books Science High School
Using biographies in the homeschool curriculum is an excellent way to understand how the scientist came about their discoveries. It also helps a child put the inventions or discoveries in context.
These living books for science can be read aloud or used independently for the more confident reader.
We have also made some suggestions for some literature based highschool homeschool curriculums.
Archimedes and the Door of Science – Jeanne Bendick
A well-told biography that shows the contributions to science of this most remarkable Ancient Greek. Not dry at all, your family will love retelling how he discovered new things and used that knowledge. Bethlehem Book. Ages 8 — 16 yrs
Along Came Galileo – Jeanne Bendick
A biography of the famous Italian astronomer and scientist. Includes illustrations of his life and diagrams of his experiments. The story of a man with the courage to ask questions. Bethlehem Book. Ages 7 – 15 yrs
Starry Messenger – Peter Sis
The life and genius of the famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and physicist, Galileo Galilei, are portrayed in this picture book that includes maps, events and a world view of Galileo’s times. Large print for younger readers, and small print ‘sidebars’ for older readers. Ages 5 — 11 yrs
Isaac Newton – John Hudson Tiner (OOP)
Perhaps the greatest scientist of all time, a committed Christian, has his story explained here, in layman’s terms. All of Tiner’s books are good. This one is one of the best. Ages 9 — 17 yrs
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine – Jeanne Bendick
Everyone in Rome wanted Galen CO be their doctor. Meet the medical researcher (born 129 AD) whose work and writings became the standard authority in both Christian and Muslim worlds for the next 1300 years. A Bethlehem book. Ages 8 — 17 yrs
Robert Boyle – John Hudson Tiner
A fascinating look at the unusual childhood and remarkable discoveries of this trailblazer of science. Listed in everyone’s science hall of fame, Boyle stressed the importance of the experimental method to prove theories, rather than looking up the works of the Greek scientists. In his life he founded modern chemistry , and discovered physics truths to fill many books. Sower series. Ages 9 — 17 yrs
Germ Hunter: A Story About Louis Pasteur – Elaine Alphin
Growing up in the 1830’s, Pasteur saw diseases like rabies and tuberculosis. Filled with curiosity he spent years searching for answers to his questions about diseases. Through his hard work. he saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for future medical advancements. A large print biography. Ages 7 — 13 yrs
The Bomb – Theodore Taylor
The first atom bomb tests after WW2 saw the Bikini Islanders (of the Marshall Islands of Micronesia) driven from their ancestral home. How did this come about and how was the testing conducted? A story from the point of view of a boy who lived there, written by a US navy officer who was on the boat preparing the lagoon for the explosion. Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Ages II yrs – Adult
Alexander Graham Bell – Elizabeth MacLeod
An illustrated biography of the man we can thank when we dial a pizza, surf the Internet, email a friend or talk to someone overseas — the inventor of the telephone. Discover how he helped people with lots of other inventions too. Ages 7 — 13 yrs
Marie Curie’s Search for Radium – Beverley Birch
The true story of one woman whose determination and persistence proved the existence of radium and opened the gateway to our nuclear age. A large print biography of a woman who was so engrossed with helping her husband in his work that she made remarkable discoveries of her own. Ages 7 — 11 yrs
Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein – Stephanie McPherson
A fascinating close-up of the original absent-minded professor. Personal trials and triumphs presented with sensitivity and humour, and his contributions to science addressed with clarity. Ages 7 – 15 yrs
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison – Margaret Cousins
Thomas Edison set up a laboratory in his basement when he was just ten years old. When he was older he worked as a telegraph operator and worked out ways to make the telegraph work better. He went on to invent the phonograph, motion pictures and the electric light bulb – inventions that forever changed the way people live. A Landmark Book. Ages 9 – 16 yrs
The Mystery of the Periodic Table – Benjamin Wiker
The periodic table, central to chemistry will never be a mystery of abbreviations again after following this lively, absorbing trail through the ages of how each element was discovered and found its place in the table. A Bethlehem book. Ages 9 – 16 yrs
Exploring the History of Medicine – John Hudson Tiner
Amazing stories about the men who discovered anaesthetic, found out how blood circulated, saved mothers from childbirth fever and more. Ages 9 — 17 yrs
Exploring the World of Chemistry – John Hudson Tiner
Without the world of chemistry, we wouldn’t have plastics, tyres, tin cans, televisions or even Gladwrap. Find out about the discoveries and the discoverers. Chapter long biographies by a Christian writer followed by a “did you listen” quiz. Science comes to life in this series. Ages 11 -18 yrs
Thrilling story about the life of one of the greatest scientists of all time. He began the process that eventually replaced superstition with reason. Newton said he could see further because he stood on the shoulders of giants like Kepler. Sower series. Ages 9 — 17 yrs
Gifted Hands – Ben Carson, M.D.
The true story of the amazing man who started life as a knife-wielding street fighter and became a brain surgeon who gives children a second chance at life. The influence of his mother who refused to stop encouraging her children, despite her own poverty, and the work of God in his life, make this a book to be savoured by all. Ages 14 yrs – Adult.
Snowflake Bentley – Briggs Martin
A picture book about the man who from childhood became interested in the varying nature of each snowflake and recorded thousands for science. Winner of a Caldecott Medal. Ages 3 – 10 yrs HB
Living Books Science High School Booklist
In order to help you plan your science curriculum I’ve listed some resources that you can use to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. There are other options but I’ve only chosen my preference. These resources are produced by Christian authors and have a creationist worldview. Our highschool curriculum ideas may help you work out how to use these resources in a scope and sequence.
John Hudson Tiner – is a popular Christian science writer. For more of his titles look here.
- Exploring The World of Physics by J.H. Tiner
- Exploring The World of Chemistry by J.H. Tiner
- Exploring The World of Biology by J.H. Tiner
- Exploring The World Around You by G Parker -This is also used as a geography book.
- Exploring the History of Medicine by J.H. Tiner For children who really enjoy their science they may prefer to stick with the Apologia Biology, Physics and Chemistry books. These take a year and could be used for Year 11 and 12 science.
- Basic Science Mysteries by John Hudson Tiner Grade 7 & 8. If you’ve enjoyed some of Tiner’s biographies of famous scientists, mathematicians and inventors, you should like this series. Each chapter begins with a narrative and plot which requires enough application of scientific and (Christian) life principles to solve mysteries. In other words, the narrative approach is used to engage students and draw them through the course with great interest.
Features of this complete curriculum are: introduction to great scientists of the past and present (including black and white pictures) and to the foundations of all modern science fields and grounding in scientific methodology. Positive life principles, personal responsibility and Christian morals are reinforced and tied to the lesson. Topics covered over two years: Anatomy, genetics, biology, physics. chemistry, geology, weather, technology, microbiology and astronomy.
Question: Does this curriculum use living books? Answer: It is a living book itself. A seamless narrative takes you through the lives of numerous famous people and events of science and teaches through their findings the facts about science. There are questions at the end of each chapter for ease of use and retention.