• Science

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    We use MysteryScience.com to supplement our science curriculum.  

    Below are the areas of study for science this year.  All topics follow the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
    Power of Flowers

    Life Cycle, Traits, & Heredity

    This unit develops the idea that by studying how plants reproduce and pass on their traits, we human beings have figured out how to make food plants even more useful to us.
    Students first discover how plants reproduce by exploring the process of pollination and fruiting. Then students are introduced to the process of plant domestication (selection of traits based on inheritance and variation).

    Animals Through Time

    Habitats, Heredity, & Change Over Time

    In this unit students will develop an appreciation for how animals and the places they live (their habitats) are not constant—they have changed over time. Fossils give us a window to the animals and habitats of the past. Selective breeding shows us not only how some animals of the past became domesticated, but allows us to imagine how they might look in the future.

    Invisible Forces

    Forces & Motion, Magnetism

    This introductory forces unit will give students a new understanding of the invisible pushes and pulls that operate in the world around them. They will realize that understanding forces will let them do surprising things — from building a sturdy bridge from paper to using the pull of a rubber band to send a cardboard “hopper” flying. What students learn in this unit will connect to the world around them, leading them to think about such things as the force of friction as they slide down a playground slide or the the invisible force that makes magnets cling to the refrigerator. Hands-on activities focus on engineering, investigation, and discovery. 

    Stormy Skies

    Weather, Climate, & Water Cycle

    This unit develops the idea that by paying careful attention to clouds, wind, and other weather clues around us, we can predict the daily weather and make sense of why places on earth look and feel the way they do. 
    Below are some fun activities to practice other things we are learning in Science!

    Solids and Liquids    (Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.)

    Gases                                       (Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.)

    Changing State               (Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.)

    Habitats                               (Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.)

    Life Cycles                      (Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.)

    Light and Shadows      (Light has a source and travels in a direction.)

    Earth, Sun, & Moon (Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns.)

Last Modified on July 21, 2017