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Students will be introduced to the nature of science, its various fields, and methods of inquiring about the universe. They will define the scientific method and learn how it is applied to scientific inquiries.
Students will examine structure, properties, and changes in matter. They will use images to identify the three main parts of an atom and to learn about chemical bonding. Students will define terms associated with matter, such as elements, molecules, mass, volume and density.
Students will be introduced to liquids, solids and gases and will study the molecule structures of each. Students will identify items that have all three types of matter as well as examples of each type.
Students will study the foundation for understanding heat transfer, temperature, expansion and contraction. They will identify the difference between heat and temperature. They will also learn about radiation and convection.
Students will explore the wonders of sound and light. They will consider the importance of the sun in sustaining Earth’s existence. Students will define characteristics of light and sound, such as the electromagnetic spectrum, refraction and decibels.
Students will be introduced to basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. They will consider electricity’s origin and electrical flow. They will also learn about how electricity is manipulated through fuses, breakers, conductors and insulators. They will learn how closely related electricity and magnetism are.
Students will study the principles of motion and force. They will carefully study Newton’s Laws, the three statements that summarize motion energy. Students will also define potential energy, motion and kinetic energy.
Students will compare the simple machines of the past with modern technology. They will consider how information technology evolved into modern computers. Students will also learn about the components of the internal-combustion engine.
Students will discuss major technologies in today’s society as well as societies of the past. They will consider advancements in communication, transportation and production. Students will also consider how advancements in medicine have changed our lifestyles.
Students will be introduced to the structure of the earth and plate tectonics. They will identify features of each layer of the Earth. They will consider how plate tectonics have shaped the continents into Earth as we know it today.
Students will examine the rock cycle, volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. They will learn how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed.
Students will study soil horizons, soil content, and erosion. They will learn about the effects of pollution on soil quality. Students will also learn how humans have shaped landscapes to help preserve soil.
Students will consider how oceans provide air, food, water, and other resources for life on earth. They will learn about the features and boundaries of the ocean. They will learn about the continental shelf and the abyssal plains.
Students will explore protection and conservation of natural resources and will compare renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Students will consider ways in which scientists work together in conducting research and gathering data to ensure the protection of the environment. Students will also consider Earth Day as a way to remember the value of protecting the Earth.
Students will study the water cycle and weather. They will define processes such as evaporation, condensation and transpiration. Students will consider how water molecules interact with air molecules to make wind. They will learn how water is transported throughout Earth via features such as aquifers and artesian wells.
Students will look at the four seasons and the relationship between the sun, the moon and Earth. They will also study the phases on the moon.
Students will be given an overview of the solar system, including recent astronomical discoveries. Students will study the characteristics of various features of our solar system, such as comets, meteors, asteroids and orbits. They will also define the features of each of the eight planets and the dwarf planet, Pluto.
Students will explore galaxies, constellations, stars, nebulae, and black holes. They will learn that the temperature of stars affects their size, shape and color. Students will also consider how various stars and galaxies look to us from Earth. They will define magnitude in respect to stars.
Students will examine diversity of life and taxonomy. They will define taxonomy and learn how it is used to group aspects of biology. Students will be introduced to the eight kingdoms of life.
Students will explore the world of microscopic organisms. They will define cells and microbes. Students will compare the features of plant and animal cells. Students will also learn about Anton van Leeuwenhoek as the father of microbiology.
Students will be introduced to inherited traits, environmental adaptation, and survival. They will define genetics and learn how it is used to study the transfer of traits. Students will consider the role of learning and environment in affecting traits as well.
Students will study plant diversity, photosynthesis, and pollination. They will consider the value of plants in supporting human life. Students will study the photosynthesis cycle. They will study plant systems and pollination.
Students will be introduced to basic animal taxonomy, diversity, and endangered species. They will study the characteristics of each animal group.
Students will learn about some of the amazing capabilities of animals. They will learn about the behaviors of a variety of animals. They will study characteristics such as how animals raise young, find food, and avoid predators, among others.
Students will be introduced to scientific time periods. They will discuss dinosaurs and early mammals. Students will consider the reasons dinosaurs may have gone extinct.
Students will explore ecosystems, food chains, and Earth’s fragile environments. They will learn how animals thrive in certain environments while others do not. Students will also consider the interdependency of animals.
Students will study the human organism. They will learn about body systems and their functions. Students will also learn about basic human anatomy.
Students will take a fascinating look at our brains, our senses and the way people learn. They will study the four parts of the cerebral cortex and will learn the functions of each. Students will also compare the brains of various animals.
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