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Scope & Sequence/Standards Coverage


Week 1: Physical Science - A World of Science

Students will get an exciting overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world. 3.1.h, 3.1.c

Week 2: Physical Science - Tools of Science

Students will also study the concepts of scientific inquiry, scientific method, measurement and scientific problem solving. 3.4.b, 3.4.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.l, 3.1.a

Week 3: Physical Science - Building a Universe!

Students will be introduced to atoms, elements and molecules. 3.3.a, 3.1.h, 3.1.g, 3.1.b, 3.1.a

Week 4: Physical Science - Solids, Liquids and Gases

Students will study liquids, solids and gases. 3.9.c, 3.3.c, 3.3.b, 3.1.m, 3.1.g, 3.1.b, 3.1.a

Week 5: Physical Science - Properties of Matter

Students will explore the properties of various types of matter. 3.10.d, 3.10.b, 3.3.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.k, 3.1.b, 3.1.a

Week 6: Physical Science - Powering the Universe

Students will be given an overview of forms of energy. 3.11.a, 3.1.l, 3.1.j, 3.1.a

Week 7: Physical Science - Movement

Students will be introduced to principles of motion and force. 3.2.d, 3.2.b, 3.2.a, 3.1.h, 3.1.e, 3.1.a


Week 8: Physical Science - Observing Energy

Students will consider how energy can be transferred and transformed. 3.11.c, 3.11.b, 3.11.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.l, 3.1.f, 3.1.a

Week 9: Earth-Space Science - Technology and Inventions

Students will investigate the uses of simple machines and modern technologies. 3.2.d, 3.2.c, 3.1.m, 3.1.k, 3.1.h, 3.1.g, 3.1.a

Week 10: Earth-Space Science - Our Planet Earth

Students will study rocks, minerals, soils and layers inside and outside the Earth. 3.1.m, 3.1.d, 3.1.c

Week 11: Earth-Space Science - Volcanoes and Earth Movements

Students will be introduced to volcanoes, tectonic plates and earthquakes. 3.7.c, 3.7.b, 3.7.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.l, 3.1.j, 3.1.a

Week 12: Earth-Space Science - Earth Sculptures

Students will learn about weather, oceans and the water cycle. 3.10.c, 3.9.d, 3.9.c, 3.9.b, 3.9.a, 3.1.c


Week 13: Earth-Space Science - Watch the Sky!

Students will study constellations, the Earth's seasons/climates and the phases of the moon. 3.8.a, 3.1.d

Week 14: Earth-Space Science - The Solar System

Students will study our solar system with previously presented concepts such as motion, energy and light. 3.1.m, 3.1.l, 3.1.e

Week 15: Earth-Space Science - Exploring the Universe

Students will explore galaxies, stars and some amazing new discoveries. 3.1.m, 3.1.j

Week 16: Life Science - A World of Life

Students will study the diversity of life on Earth, scientific classification and how living things survive in a variety of environments. 3.6.b, 3.4.b, 3.1.m, 3.1.k, 3.1.h, 3.1.c, 3.1.a

Week 17: Life Science - Tiny Life

Students will be introduced to the microscopic world. 3.6.c, 3.5.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.j, 3.1.i, 3.1.g, 3.1.b


Week 18: Life Science - Cell Development

Students will be introduced to the concept of similar cells developing into different systems. 3.5.b, 3.1.m, 3.1.c, 3.1.a

Week 19: Life Science - Animal Kingdom

Students will study features and diversity of the animal kingdom. 3.4.b, 3.1.j, 3.1.a

Week 20: Life Science - Ancient Life

Students will study dinosaurs, early mammals and other fascinating creatures. 3.5.b, 3.1.j

Week 21: Life Science - Ecosystems

Students will be introduced to how life works in systems and how living things get energy. 3.9.e, 3.8.c, 3.8.b, 3.6.c, 3.5.c, 3.5.b, 3.5.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.l, 3.1.c

Week 22: Life Science - Sharing the Earth

Students will be introduced to the concepts of adaptation and competition. 3.7.d, 3.6.d, 3.6.b, 3.6.a, 3.1.k, 3.1.a

Week 23: Life Science - The Amazing Human Body

Students will learn about the human organism. 3.10.d, 3.10.c, 3.10.b, 3.10.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.f

Week 24: Life Science - Arthropods

Students will study important and fascinating characteristics of invertebrate animals. 3.4.b, 3.4.a, 3.1.m, 3.1.a

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