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Students will be introduced to the nature of science, the scientific process, and the habits required to solve problems. They will identify specific tools that help scientists study different aspects of science.
Students will explore the concept that all matter has properties that can be seen and measured. They will also discuss some of the specific properties of matter, such as physical and chemical properties.
Students will discuss how matter can be changed from one state to another and how it can be combined physically or chemically. They will also study how matter moves in solids, liquids and gases.
Students will be introduced to the world of atoms, elements and particles. They will identify some of the tools used to measure and observe these features.
Students will study the various forms of energy, the flow of energy in a system, and the ways energy can be changed from one form to another. They will define characteristics of different forms of energy. Students will define the difference between renewable and non-renewable forms of energy.
Students will examine the properties of light and sound. They will define light’s characteristics of speed, reflection and refraction. They will also look at components of sound such as vibration, pitch and volume.
Students will be introduced to the relationship of electric charges, magnetic forces and electric currents. Students will learn how electrical power is created and used.
Students will learn about motion, speed and direction. They will explore ways that motion can be predicted, measured and described. Students will also study the components of waves and how friction causes things to stop.
Students will study different types of forces and how they affect objects. They will also examine ways that forces can be predicted, measured and described. They will consider the effect of force on different amounts of mass.
Students will learn about the processes that shape the earth. They will explore the Earth’s constant change that is brought about by waves, weather and shifting landmasses. Students will also learn about the spheres that layer the Earth, such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
Students will study the characteristics of various bodies of water. They will learn about the various forms of life that exist in Earth’s oceans, rivers and streams. Students will learn about the food chains and the fragility of these ecosystems.
Students will be introduced to the properties of different types of soil, the organisms that affect soil, and how the quality of soil affects growing plants. They will also learn about the rock cycle and how rocks can be turned into soil. Students will also define organic materials.
Students will study the water cycle. Students will also study weather patterns, seasons and meteorology. They will examine ways weather is predicted, observed and recorded.
Students will learn about various types of natural disasters and their effects on living things and their environments. They will learn the methods used to predict natural disasters. Students will also learn techniques used to keep people safe in a natural disaster.
Students will consider ways natural resources improve the quality of life and will discuss the importance of protecting and conserving natural resources. They will compare and contrast renewable and non-renewable sources. Students will also learn about recyclable resources.
Students will study the characteristics of celestial bodies and the organization of stars, moons and planets in our solar system. They will define the characteristics of the eight planets of our ecosystem.
Students will explore the relationship of Earth to the sun, moon and other planets. They will consider how features such as gravity and the Earth’s tilt affect regions of the Earth. Students will also study various features of galaxies.
Students will consider the relationship of science and technology in modern society. They will consider the affect of technology in agriculture, human disabilities and entertainment. They will also discuss responsibilities of scientists and researchers. Students will define aspects of the technology cycle.
Students will study the structure and function of living things. They will consider the similarities and differences among various types of organisms. Students will also learn about the various parts that make up an organism, such as cells, tissues and organs.
Students will discuss inherited traits in various living things and the importance of genetic diversity to the survival and well being of organisms. Students will study historical scientists and their theories to understand how heredity and diversity have evolved.
Students will examine the ways living things interact with their environment and with each other. They will discuss how different environments sustain different organisms. Students will also study components of food webs and their role in ecosystems.
Students will consider the importance of adaptation. They will emphasize birds to learn how adaptation allows for competition and ultimately survival.
Students will study the process by which plants grow, thrive and reproduce. They will discuss the importance of plants to people and animals.
Students will study the characteristics and behavior of various land animals. They will study the various traits that allow animals to survive in a range of habitats. They will identify characteristics of mammals, reptiles, birds and vertebrates.
Students will study various animals of extinct and endangered species. Students will distinguish among extinct, endangered, and threatened species. They will consider activities such as poaching, whaling and deforestation that lead to unstable species.
Students will be introduced to the major organ systems of the human body and their functions. They will also learn about the skeletal system.
Students will consider the importance of staying fit and healthy. They will explore ways people can achieve and maintain good health. Students will consider the components that go into creating a fit person, such as flexibility, muscle strength and body composition.
Students will study the science of medicine. They will discuss advances in the medical field in the past, present and future. They will consider the benefits of antibiotics, vaccines and surgery, among others.
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