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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

The Elementary Science 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 01Properties of Matter

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 What’s the matter?
  • 01.02 States and Properties of Matter
  • 01.03 The Mystery of Mass
  • 01.04 Weighing in on Mass
  • 01.05 What’s so basic about volume?
  • 01.06 Pump up the Volume
  • 01.07 Module One Review and Reflection
  • 01.08 Module One Assessment

Module 02Mixtures

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Mixtures of Solids
  • 02.02 Does it dissolve?
  • 02.03 Mixtures in Water
  • 02.04 Rate of Dissolving
  • 02.05 Module Two Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.06 Module Two Assessment

Module 03Atoms

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Building Blocks of Matter
  • 03.02 A Model of Matter
  • 03.03 Module Three Review and Reflection
  • 03.04 Module Three Assessment

Module 04Changes in Matter

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Turning up the Heat
  • 04.02 Chemical Change
  • 04.03 Module Four Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.04 Module Four Assessment

Module 05Energy

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 Energy for Motion and Change
  • 05.02 Light and Heat Energy
  • 05.03 Sound Energy
  • 05.04 Electrical Energy
  • 05.05 Chemical Energy
  • 05.06 Mechanical Energy
  • 05.07 Module Five Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.08 Module Five Assessment

Module 06Force and Motion

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Forces That Move
  • 06.02 Falling to Earth
  • 06.03 The Force of Friction
  • 06.04 Forces and Motion
  • 06.05 Forces and Mass
  • 06.06 Balancing the Forces
  • 06.07 Module Six Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.08 Module Six Assessment

Module 07Forms of Energy

  • 07.00 Module Seven Pretest
  • 07.01 It’s electric!
  • 07.02 Let’s get this train moving!
  • 07.03 The Circus of Circuits
  • 07.04 Electrical Changes
  • 07.05 Investigating Electricity
  • 07.06 Attracting an Uncharged Object
  • 07.07 Investigating Charges
  • 07.08 Module Seven Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.09 Module Seven Assessment

Module 08Solar System and Galaxies

  • 08.00 Module Eight Pretest
  • 08.01 What makes up a galaxy?
  • 08.02 The Solar System
  • 08.03 The Sun, Stars, and Patterns
  • 08.04 Characteristics of Planets
  • 08.05 Inner and Outer Planets
  • 08.06 Module Eight Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08.07 Module Eight Assessment

Module 09Water Cycle

  • 09.00 Module Nine Pretest
  • 09.01 Different Forms of Precipitation
  • 09.02 All the way up!
  • 09.03 Precipitation and Weather
  • 09.04 The Water Cycle
  • 09.05 Changing of States in the Water Cycle
  • 09.06 Modeling the Water Cycle
  • 09.07 The Importance of the Ocean
  • 09.08 Making the Connections
  • 09.09 Module Nine Review and Reflection
  • 09.10 Module Nine Assessment

Module 10Weather

  • 10.00 Module Ten Pretest
  • 10.01 Talking About the Weather
  • 10.02 Components That Determine Weather
  • 10.03 Components Working Together
  • 10.04 Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • 10.05 Module Ten Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 10.06 Module Ten Assessment

Module 11Climate

  • 11.00 Module Eleven Pretest
  • 11.01 The Climate Zones
  • 11.02 Climates and Characteristics
  • 11.03 Life, Water, Air, and Land
  • 11.04 Weather and Environments
  • 11.05 Module Eleven Review and Reflection
  • 11.06 Module Eleven Assessment

Module 12Adaptations

  • 12.00 Module Twelve Pretest
  • 12.01 Surviving in Different Environments
  • 12.02 What about the plants?
  • 12.03 Plants and Animals
  • 12.04 What’s the difference?
  • 12.05 Moving Matter
  • 12.06 Protecting Earth’s Resources
  • 12.07 Module Twelve Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 12.08 Module Twelve Assessment

Module 13Human Body Organs and Functions

  • 13.00 Module Thirteen Pretest
  • 13.01 The Brain, Heart, and Lungs
  • 13.02 The Body’s Functions
  • 13.03 The Kidneys and Bladder
  • 13.04 Building Muscles
  • 13.05 The Reproductive Organs
  • 13.06 Module Thirteen Review and Reflection
  • 13.07 Module Thirteen Assessment

Module 14Organism Structure, Function, and Comparison

  • 14.00 Module Fourteen Pretest
  • 14.01 Plant and Animal Structures
  • 14.02 Comparing Plants and Animals
  • 14.03 Module Fourteen Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 14.04 Module Fourteen Assessment

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Matter
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of matter by describing the basic properties of solids, liquids and gases and explaining measurements of temperature, mass, and volume for solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Mixtures
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of mixtures by explaining the factors considered when separating mixtures of solids, identifying materials that are soluble in water and describing the factors that impact the rate of dissolution.
  • Atoms and the Nature of Matter
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the atom and the nature of matter by describing the relative size of the atom, modeling matter, and describing the nature of matter.
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of physical and chemical changes by describing physical and chemical changes, explaining how temperature impacts physical and chemical changes, and providing evidence of physical and chemical changes.
  • Sources of Energy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of sources of energy by describing categories of energy sources, and explaining the movement of energy within each category using the properties associated with the energy source.
  • Forces of Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of forces of motion by describing the characteristics of a force, explaining the impact of balanced versus unbalanced forces, and describing the forces of friction and gravity.
  • Electrical Energy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of electrical energy by explaining the characteristics of electrically charged objects and describing the components of an electrical circuit.
  • Our Solar System
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the solar system by describing our position in the galaxy, the characteristics of inner and outer planets, and the relative distance between celestial objects.
  • Water Cycle
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the water cycle by explaining the water cycle, describing the impact the ocean has on the water cycle , and explaining the connection between weather, type of precipitation and local climate.
  • Weather Predicting and Planning
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of weather by identifying, describing and interpreting the components that determine weather and explaining emergency preparedness planning.
  • Climate
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of climate by describing the different climate zones, explaining the characteristics of each climate zone,and identifying the interaction of the earth’s spheres for a specific climate zone.
  • Resource Allocation and Adaptation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of resource allocation and adaptation by describing the way in which resources cycle through the environment, explaining the role science can play in protecting both earth’s resources and the environment, and describing the adaptations both plants and animals undergo to accommodate changing resources and environments.
  • Human Body Organs and Functions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the human body organs and functions by describing the major organs in the human body and the ways in which they work together in the human body.
  • Comparing Plants and Animals
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the common attributes between plants and animals as living things by describing the function of plant and animal organs and other physical structures and comparing and contrasting their functions and structures.

Pre-Requisites

None

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