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Estimated Completion Time

36 Weeks


The Elementary Science K-5 courses will spark curiosity in students and build a solid foundation in concepts across many types of sciences including Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Students will engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, defining problems, developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and informational technology, constructing explanations, designing solutions, engaging in scientific arguments using evidence, and communicating results.  A framework of active student learning supports and allows students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate throughout all courses. This dynamic format will help students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas in order to facilitate a better understanding of the world around them.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: Properties Of Objects

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Shape, Color, Size, And Texture
  • 01.02 Measuring Temperature
  • 01.03 Measuring Weight
  • 01.04 Floating Or Sinking
  • 01.05 Push And Pull
  • 01.06 Daily Temperatures
  • 01.07 Module One Review And Reflection
  • 01.08 Module One Assessment

Module 02: States Of Objects And Materials

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Solids, Liquids, And Gases
  • 02.02 Solids And Shape
  • 02.03 Liquids With Shape
  • 02.04 Trapping Gas
  • 02.05 States Of Water
  • 02.06 Disappearing Water
  • 02.07 Changing States
  • 02.08 Module Two Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.09 Module Two Assessment

Module 03: Volume

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Volume Of A Substance
  • 03.02 Measuring Volume
  • 03.03 Comparing Volumes
  • 03.04 Module Three Review And Reflection
  • 03.05 Module Three Assessment

Module 04: Changes In Materials

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Changes In Materials
  • 04.02 Investigate Change
  • 04.03 Different materials, same changes?
  • 04.04 Module Four Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.05 Module Four Assessment

Module 05: Weather Patterns

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 What’s up with the weather?
  • 05.02 Measuring Weather
  • 05.03 Patterns in Nature
  • 05.04 Daily Weather
  • 05.05 Season To Season
  • 05.06 Find The Pattern
  • 05.07 Hot or cold?
  • 05.08 Investigating The Weather
  • 05.09 Module Five Review And Reflection
  • 05.10 Module Five Assessment

Module 06: Wind/Severe Weather

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Air is all around us!
  • 06.02 An air investigation!
  • 06.03 The Moving Air
  • 06.04 Strong And Light Wind
  • 06.05 The Power Of The Wind
  • 06.06 The Effects Of Wind
  • 06.07 What is severe weather?
  • 06.08 Beware Of Severe Weather
  • 06.09 Don’t be scared, prepare!
  • 06.10 Module Six Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.11 Module Six Assessment

Module 07: Rocks/Soil

  • 07.00 Module Seven Pretest
  • 07.01 What’s that on the ground?
  • 07.02 Exploring Rocks
  • 07.03 Let’s compare rocks!
  • 07.04 Sizing Up Rocks
  • 07.05 Different Rocks, Different Looks
  • 07.06 Exploring Soil
  • 07.07 What makes soil?
  • 07.08 How is soil formed?
  • 07.09 Soil Here, Soil There
  • 07.10 A Rainbow Of Soil
  • 07.11 Investigating Soil
  • 07.12 Can it grow plants?
  • 07.13 The Mystery Soil
  • 07.14 Module Seven Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.15 Module Seven Assessment

Module 08: Sun’s Energy

  • 08.00 Module Eight Pretest
  • 08.01 Sunlight And Heat
  • 08.02 Warmth And Sunlight
  • 08.03 Heating Earth
  • 08.04 Sunlight Around The World
  • 08.05 Module Eight Review And Reflection
  • 08.06 Module Eight Assessment

Module 09: Forms Of Energy

  • 09.00 Module Nine Pretest
  • 09.01 Electrifying Electricity
  • 09.02 Earth’s Natural Power
  • 09.03 There’s an energy for that!
  • 09.04 Module Nine Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 09.05 Module Nine Assessment

Module 10: Forces And Changes In Motion

  • 10.00 Module Ten Pretest
  • 10.01 Welcome to Fizzworks Factory!
  • 10.02 Need A Push
  • 10.03 A push or pull?
  • 10.04 Force And Speed
  • 10.05 Big And Small Forces
  • 10.06 The Effects Of Force
  • 10.07 The Power Of Force
  • 10.08 Magnificent Magnets
  • 10.09 Do we have a problem?
  • 10.10 The Solution
  • 10.11 Module Ten Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 10.12 Module Ten Assessment

Module 11: Human Body

  • 11.00 Module Eleven Pretest
  • 11.01 Exploring The Human Body
  • 11.02 Journey Inside The Body
  • 11.03 The Brain
  • 11.04 The Heart
  • 11.05 The Lungs
  • 11.06 The Stomach
  • 11.07 Mighty Muscles
  • 11.08 All About The Skeleton
  • 11.09 My body can do what?
  • 11.10 Module Eleven Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 11.11 Module Eleven Assessment

Module 12: Basic Needs

  • 12.00 Module Twelve Pretest
  • 12.01 Basic World, Basic Needs
  • 12.02 Comparing Basic Needs
  • 12.03 Welcome To My Habitat
  • 12.04 Living With The Land
  • 12.05 The Habitats Of Earth
  • 12.06 Sunlight With A Side Of Water
  • 12.07 Module Twelve Review And Reflection
  • 12.08 Module Twelve Assessment

Module 13: Life Cycles

  • 13.00 Module Thirteen Pretest
  • 13.01 Seed To Bean
  • 13.02 Life Cycle Of Plants
  • 13.03 Egg To Butterfly
  • 13.04 Life Cycle Of Animals
  • 13.05 Let’s spread some seeds!
  • 13.06 Module Thirteen Review And Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 13.07 Module Thirteen Assessment

Credits 1


  • Properties of Objects
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of properties of objects by measuring their size, shape, weight, and temperature; observing their color, texture, and ability to float; and describing the push and pull of magnets.
  • States of Objects and Materials
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of states of objects and materials by finding and sorting objects as solids, liquids, or gases; and by identifying changes between states.
  • Volume
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of volume by measuring liquid from different size containers, comparing measurements, and identifying a liter.
  • Changes in Materials
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of changes in materials by identifying ways and causes that change solids and liquids, observing how objects can be pulled apart, and making new objects from pieces of materials.
  • Weather Patterns
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of weather patterns by measuring and comparing daily temperature, identifying weather conditions, describing sun and moon cycles, and identifying patterns in the seasons.
  • Wind and Severe Weather
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of wind and severe weather by observing objects moved by air, identifying types of wind and storms, and matching damage to types of storms.
  • Rock and Soil
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of rocks and soil by recording observations and comparing types of soil and rocks; sorting rocks by size and shape; and sorting soil by color, texture, ability to hold water, and ability to grow plants.
  • Sun's Energy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the sun’s energy by describing heat and energy; measuring and identifying the effects of sunlight and indirect sunlight on water, land, and air; and explaining why sunlight warms water, air, and land.
  • Energy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy by describing energy, identifying ways people use energy, explaining new ways scientists find to use solar, wind, and water energy.
  • Forces and Changes in Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of forces and changes in motion by identifying the force that pulls objects to the ground; explaining why bigger forces affect objects more than smaller forces; showing how magnets can move objects; and making a model to solve a problem.
  • Human Body
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the human body by matching body parts to their function, and identifying the location and describing the function of the brain, heart, lungs, stomach, muscles, and skeleton.
  • Basic Needs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic needs by identifying the basic needs of living things; comparing the needs of plants, animals, and humans; matching plants and animals to their habitats; and explaining how habitats give plants and animals basic needs.
  • Life Cycles
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of life cycles by observing and describing stages in the life cycle of a plant, butterfly, and animals; identifying observations made by others; and comparing observations.



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