Cellular Energy, Carbon & Climate Change Unit

Middle school science got you worried?

Your hands-on introduction to elementary science was a big hit. But now it's time to bring it all together and prepare your student for high school.

Where do you begin?

Keeping on with experiment-based learning seems disjointed at this age - and a total turn around to textbook based learning is bound to bring boredom and blank stares.

What if you could combine the excitement of experiment based learning with the strong science foundation your middle schooler needs?

Hypothesis Middle School Science brings these two worlds together.

Your middle schooler will be working more and more independently to gain a deeper understanding of science with an engaging program that combines project based learning with engaging video presentations in an easy-to-use format.

Science is way more than a textbook!

You don't have to worry about middle school science.  This 6 week mini course (unit) is designed to be very student driven.  This means that your lack of science knowledge, time, or just plain interest will not stand in the way of these lessons.  

You'll follow my lessons where there is a mixture of video, workbook, hands-on learning, and even assessment.  We focus on learning the science and theory and applying it to real-world scenarios in a problem-based learning approach. 

This keeps the kids focused, learning, and happy while you're able to satisfy any Type A personality tendencies and check the boxes that need to be covered.

How does this work?

This is a mini-course than can be delivered as a 6 week unit with 3 lessons each week, but you're in charge so you can change the pace for your kiddo.

  • Each lesson will take between 20-45 minutes - short enough to keep your child engaged, but long enough to be learning powerful science!
  • Each lesson has either a video or activity to so students get a chance to see science in action.  
  • This unit includes a workbook with accompanying work for each video/activity lesson. This isn't boring book work.  These are a variety of extension activities to help reinforce what they are learning while also building important skills in critical thinking, note taking, and applying what they are learning.
  • This unit has a few hands-on labs, but I've also included video if you need some additional support.
  • This unit does discuss climate change and the impact that human dependence on fossil fuels has had on the carbon cycle.

Sample of the Schedule

This is the next step in your homeschool science curriculum.  

Middle school students will learn about why and how cells gain energy, the carbon cycle and the role of photosynthesis in the cycle, and how all of this is related to climate change.


  • video lessons
  • activities
  • workbook
  • review cards
  • quiz
  • unit test
  • answer key
  • schedule (designed for 3 lessons each week)

Workbook Example

Looking for a more independent way to teach homeschool science?

This is it!

Table of Contents

Welcome & Workbook
Lesson 4.1 Organisms Need Energy
Lesson 4.2 Photosynthesis. Creating Earth's Special Atmosphere
Lesson 4.3 Photosynthesis Lab
Lesson 4.4 Photosynthesis Notes
Lesson 4.5 Cellular Respiration Overview
Complete Workbook Download
Lesson 4.6 Cellular Respiration Notes
Lesson 4.7 Fermentation Notes
Lesson 4.8 Fermentation Lab
Lesson 4.9 Review
Lesson 4.10 Quiz
Lesson 4.11 What's the Deal with Carbon?
Lesson 4.12 Carbon Cycle Overview
Lesson 4.13 Carbon Footprint
Lesson 4.14 Greenhouse Gases
Lesson 4.15 Climate Change and Models
Lesson 4.16 Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Climate Change
Lesson 4.17 Review
Lesson 4.18 Unit Exam
Bonus Lesson on Climate Change
Big Project: Green Spaces
Workbook for Big Project: Green Spaces
Making a Public Service Announcement
Big Project Break1
Big Project Break 2
Big Project Break 3
Big Project Break 4
Big Project Break 5
Big Project Break 6
Big Project Break 7
Big Project Showcase!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to this product?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long the course exists. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 7 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

Who wrote this unit?

I'm Kim Santee, I've taught science from middle school through college and I'm currently a homeschool mom. I designed this program to be the foundation that my own children need to prepare them for the next level of science.

What level is this for?

This is designed for middle school students grades 6-8.

What do kids need to know for this unit?

Kids need to know the basic structures of a cell.

When will other units be available?

We will be releasing more units in Spring of 2019

Is this part of a full curriculum?

Yes. This is a growing curriculum. There will be 6 units in each full year of curriculum for a total of 18 units for the middle school program.

What if I can't do the experiments?

There is a Facebook group and you can reach me by email. I try to make sure that there are alternatives for students if the lab isn't working for them or there is a situation where the lab just can't be done at that time.

Can I give high school credit for this course?

I would not consider this a high school level course, but you know your state's requirements and guidelines best. We are developing a high school program and hope for it to be ready in 2020.

Don't regret waiting.
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