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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: Magnets

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 All About Magnets
  • 01.02 Magnetic Materials
  • 01.03 Attracting and Repelling
  • 01.04 Module One Review and Reflection
  • 01.05 Module One Assessment

Module 02: Motion of Objects

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Changing Position
  • 02.02 Changing Direction
  • 02.03 The Need for Speed
  • 02.04 Module Two Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.05 Module Two Assessment

Module 03: Energy

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Energizing with Energy
  • 03.02 Light It Up
  • 03.03 All About the Heat
  • 03.04 Conductors and Insulators
  • 03.05 Feel the Beats
  • 03.06 What is pitch?
  • 03.07 Causing Motion
  • 03.08 Causing Change
  • 03.09 Waves of Change
  • 03.10 Energy Transformations
  • 03.11 Module Three Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.12 Module Three Assessment

Module 04: Properties of Matter

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Physical Properties
  • 04.02 Attraction to Magnets
  • 04.03 What’s that smell?
  • 04.04 The law of what?
  • 04.05 Turn up the volume!
  • 04.06 Physical Changes
  • 04.07 What happened to the marshmallow?
  • 04.08 Module Four Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.09 Module Four Assessment

Module 05: Physical Weathering and Erosion

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 Physical Weathering
  • 05.02 Erosion
  • 05.03 Weathering and Erosion
  • 05.04 Module Five Review and Reflection
  • 05.05 Module Five Assessment

Module 06: Rocks and Minerals

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Rock Talk
  • 06.02 Mineral Properties
  • 06.03 Rocks and Minerals
  • 06.04 Three Categories of Rocks
  • 06.05 Module Six Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.06 Module Six Assessment

Module 07: Plant Life

  • 07.00 Module Seven Pretest
  • 07.01 To flower, or not to flower?
  • 07.02 Comparing Plants
  • 07.03 Reproductive Structures
  • 07.04 The Birds, the Bees, and the Plants
  • 07.05 Internal and External Structures
  • 07.06 Module Seven Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.07 Module Seven Assessment

Module 08: Animal Life

  • 08.00 Module Eight Pretest
  • 08.01 Stages of Life
  • 08.02 It’s a Bug’s Life
  • 08.03 Comparing Life Stages
  • 08.04 Module Eight Review and Reflection
  • 08.05 Module Eight Assessment

Module 09: Heredity

  • 09.00 Module Nine Pretest
  • 09.01 Inherited Characteristics
  • 09.02 Effects of the Environment
  • 09.03 Heredity and Learning
  • 09.04 Structures to Survive
  • 09.05 Module Nine Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 09.06 Module Nine Assessment

Module 10: Resources and Environment

  • 10.00 Module Ten Pretest
  • 10.01 What’s for dinner?
  • 10.02 Producers and Consumers
  • 10.03 The Big Impact
  • 10.04 The Impacts of Humans
  • 10.05 Resources on Earth
  • 10.06 Find the Resources
  • 10.07 The Impacts of Earth
  • 10.08 Module Ten Review and Reflection
  • 10.09 Module Ten Assessment

Module 11: Seasonal Changes

  • 11.00 Module Eleven Pretest
  • 11.01 As the Seasons Change
  • 11.02 Different Seasons, Different Plants
  • 11.03 See How Animals Change
  • 11.04 Animals, Animals Everywhere
  • 11.05 Module Eleven Review and Reflection
  • 11.06 Module Eleven Assessment

Module 12: Earth’s Movement

  • 12.00 Module Twelve Pretest
  • 12.01 A Starry Night
  • 12.02 Patterns in the Sky
  • 12.03 Different Stars, Different Seasons
  • 12.04 The Groovin’, Movin’ Earth
  • 12.05 Revolves Around the Sun
  • 12.06 The Shapes of the Moon
  • 12.07 The Effects of Space Research
  • 12.08 Module Twelve Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 12.09 Module Twelve Assessment

Credits 1


  • Properties of Magnets
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of magnets by explaining the forces of repulsion and attraction, the types of materials that experience magnetic force, and the characteristics of magnetic force.
  • Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of motion by defining the nature of motion, differentiating between motion and direction, and explaining the use of speed as a measure of motion with associated units.
  • Energy Forms and Transformations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy forms and transformations by defining energy forms, explaining the ways in which energy moves between forms, and explaining factors which help and hinder movement.
  • Properties of Matter
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter by explaining the law of conservation of mass, the terms and units used to describe matter, and differentiating between chemical and physical changes.
  • Physical Weathering and Erosion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical weathering and erosion by explaining the impact natural elements have on earth’s surface material and characterizing the similarities and differences between physical weathering and erosion.
  • Properties of Rocks and Minerals
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of properties of rocks and minerals by identifying and explaining the three types of rocks, defining the properties of minerals, and differentiating rocks from minerals.
  • Life Cycle and Structure of Plants
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of life cycle and structure of plants by explaining the life cycle of plants, describing their reproductive, external and internal structures, and differentiating between flowering and non flowering plants.
  • The Life Cycle of Animals and Insects
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the life cycle of animals and insects by identifying, describing and comparing major life cycle moments for both animals and insects.
  • Characteristics and Behaviors
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of characteristics and behavior by explaining heredity, the impact environment can have on behavior and characteristics, and the nature of coordinated internal and external structures.
  • Resources and the Environment
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of resources and the environment by differentiating between consumers and producers, identifying the available resources and explaining the environmental impact humans have as consumers and producers.
  • Seasonal Changes Impact on Plants and Animals
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of seasonal changes impact on plants and animals by describing the nature of seasonal climate change, identifying the impact of seasonal change on foliage and animals, and explaining the differences in animals and plants as a result of warmer or cooler climates.
  • Earth's Revolution and Rotation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Earth’s revolution and rotation by explaining Earth's positional relationship with the stars, the movement of the moon around Earth and the movement of the Earth around the sun.



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