Our science class is designed to meet the California State Standards for grades K-5. Each session has a theme and it is explored through play. For example, our Earth Science unit begins with an imaginary flight through space as we “observe” the rotation and revolution of Earth around the Sun, zooming in weekly as we “land” on Earth and discover Land forms (Mountains, deserts, oceans, rivers) then life forms (Plants and Animals) and finally Humans (elementary anatomy). We do a lot of experiments and get pretty messy! Please dress your child accordingly. All students must wear the required safety gear for each experiment which will be provided free of charge.
2018/2019 Science Standards
Students will keep a Science Notebook to list vocabulary terms, record findings based on observation, collect data from experiments, and plan for special projects. Students may take notebooks home as needed but must be brought back for the following class.
Session 1: August 27th – October 8th SIMPLE MACHINES
In this session, students will be introduced to six simple machines (inclined plane, wedge, screw, lever, pulley, wheel and axle). They will experiment with compound machines, which are combinations of two or more simple machines, and will come to understand work (work=force x distance). The session culminates with students working in teams to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
NGSS Standards: Information processing; Designing solutions; Making Observations; Matter and its interactions; Physical forces and energy; Engineering; Cause and Effect; Mechanism and Explanation
Session 2: October 22nd– December 6th ROCKS AND MINERALS
In this session, students will be introduced to three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary) and will make connections between rocks and minerals and commonly used objects like chalk and metal used in household items. Through hands on activities, students will conduct “field tests” that geologists use to identify and classify minerals.
NGSS Standards: Earth systems; Application of Science; Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information; Engaging in argument from evidence;
Session 3: January 7th– February 14th SCIENCE FAIR
In this session students will further develop their scientific literacy by applying the scientific method to a project of their choosing. They will understand the process of investigation, learning how to ask scientific questions, make careful observations, record data, use evidence to construct a reasonable explanation and communicate their results to others. By participating in a science fair at the end of the session, students will practice using scientific information to make choices and engage intelligently in public debate about important issues that involve science and technology.
NGSS Standards: Asking questions; Defining problems; Information processing; Planning and carrying out investigation; Analyzing and interpreting data; Designing solutions; Application of science; evaluating and communicating information; Engaging in argument from evidence;
Session 4: March 4th – April 11th SEASONS/EARTH SYSTEMS
In this session students will be introduced to four major earth systems (Atmosphere, Biosphere, Geosphere and Hydrosphere). Students will learn how these systems interact and will complete a painting that shows how the four spheres are pictured in a photograph.
NGSS Standards: Earth science; Weather Patterns; Making Observations; Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating information
Session 5: April 29th – June 6th HEALTH / HUMAN BODY
In this session students will explore body systems (Skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and the five senses). Students will learn of the various structures that make up the human body, how the body systems work together and how to keep these systems running at an optimal level.
NGSS Standards: Growth and development of organisms; structures and processes; unity and diversity;
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