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Students will be given an overview of scientific inquiry, including formulating questions, forming hypotheses and carrying out experiments. Students will consider how data is measured and how conclusions are interpreted for further research.
Students will examine various aspects of matter. They will learn about various types of matter and how they are classified based on physical and chemical properties.
Students will learn how matter can be changed from one state to another and how it can be combined physically or chemically. They will learn about the outcomes of various reactions of matter. They will study chemical, decomposition and replacement reactions, among others.
Students will study both contact and non-contact forces. They will discuss concepts of inertia and weightlessness in space. Students will also define magnetism as a means of force.
Students will study the motion of objects, including speed, velocity and acceleration, They will define relative motion and will learn how motion is characterized. Students will learn about Newton’s laws of motion.
Students will explore both kinetic and potential energy. Students will define the difference between forms and sources of energy. They will consider various energy sources humans use.
Students will examine ways energy is transformed from one form to another and the flow of energy in systems. They will learn how nuclear energy is unlike other sources of energy. Students will also be introduced to the laws of thermodynamics.
Students will study light and sound energy, defining how they are similar and different. Students will also describe characteristics of waves. They will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum.
Students will discuss both simple and compound machines and how machines help people do work. They will define characteristics of the six machines that were invented during the Renaissance and have changed very little over time. They will learn about the lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge and screw.
Students will study components of engineering. They will study design, invention and innovation. Students will define the various types of engineers and the jobs associated with each.
Students will discuss Earth’s layers and their characteristics. They will examine the four spheres that make up Earth. They will define the characteristics that make up the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.
Students will study the ways the surface of the Earth is changed. They will consider the impacts of events such as weathering and erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers.
Students will discuss various natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. They will study the processes of each of these natural disasters. Students will consider the effects of natural disasters on life and Earth’s ecosystems.
Students will compare and contrast weather and climate. They will learn how the sun, water, wind and ocean currents affect the climate of regions of Earth. Students will also learn about the three main temperature zones of earth.
Students will study Earth’s natural resources. They will consider ways resources can be protected and conserved while still being used to meet the needs of Earth’s population. Students will study where various energy sources come from, such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Students will study various bodies of water, the hydrologic cycle, groundwater and tides. Students will study liquids, solids and gases as the three forms of water on Earth. They will learn about the scarcity of fresh water available to humans.
Students will study how galaxies, stars and planets form and change. They will learn about other objects in the universe such as comets, meteors, asteroids and quasars.
Students will study our solar system. They will compare the features of the eight planets of our solar system. They will consider the importance of the relation to the sun in determining what each planet is like.
Students will examine the relationship between the Earth, sun and moon. They will study how eclipses, seasons and tides are caused as a result of this relationship. They will also learn how night and day, seasons and years are created through the Earth’s orbit around the sun.
Students will study the history of space exploration. They will learn about current missions and plans for the future of space exploration. Students will learn about the role of technologies such as satellites and space shuttles in studying space.
Students will learn the reasons for classification. They will study how the taxonomy used by scientists to organize living things has changed over time. They will learn how the classification system works.
Students will study cell structure and function, cellular activities and cellular organization. They will learn about cells as the building blocks of our bodies. Students will compare animal cells with plant cells to gain an understanding of how cells work.
Students will learn about the relationship between parents and offspring. They will study DNA and cell replication. Students will also compare inherited versus acquired characteristics.
Students will study the various components that make up forensic science. They will learn how examination of evidence and use of specialized tools help scientists in the field solve crimes. They will also learn about forensic ballistics and forensic pathology.
Students will study parts and functions of plants. They will examine plant reproduction and diversity. Students will define the difference between vascular and nonvascular plants.
Students will explore the diversity of the animal kingdom. They will also discuss endangered and extinct species.
Students will study behavioral and structural adaptation of organisms to ensure survival. They will learn how adaptations for movement, eating and defense help animals survive. They will also learn that structural adaptations in plants can help ensure survival and reproduction.
Students will explore the Earth’s ecosystems and the interaction and interdependence of the populations within an ecosystem. Students will also define ecology as the study of living and non-living things.
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