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.
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I can describe objects using different properties. I can predict an object's buoyancy to float or sink. I can describe magnets’ effects on objects and other magnets. I can compare my inferences to my observations. I can compare data resulting from repeated tests.
I can identify an object's state of matter. I can describe solids as objects with a definite shape. I can describe liquids as materials that take the shape of their containers. I can describe a gas as a material that takes the shape of its container. I can compare water in each of its three states. I can summarize the process of water changing from one state to another.
I can explain volume. I can estimate if the volume is larger or smaller than a liter. I can select an appropriate tool to measure the volume of a liquid. I can explain the property of liquids remaining constant when poured into containers of different size and shape.
I can explain the process of changing the state of materials. I can compare materials’ reactions when exposed to a common change. I can identify important properties when making a new object.
I can describe patterns observable in nature. I can explain current weather conditions through observation and the use of tools. I can compare weather conditions over a period of time to identify patterns and trends. I can describe repeating weather patterns in nature.
I can describe the effects of light and strong wind. I can describe severe weather and its harmful effects. I can identify landforms and structural designs that slow or prevent damage from severe weather. I can explain the importance of safety plans to prepare for severe weather.
I can categorize rock properties. I can explain soil composition. I can explain soil formation. I can explain soil properties. I can evaluate soil types according to the properties.
I can describe the energy that comes from the sun. I can evaluate the effects of direct sunlight on water, land, and air by measuring temperature. I can evaluate the effects of indirect sunlight on water, land, and air by measuring temperature.
I can identify the forms from which electricity can be generated. I can summarize the process for electricity to reach homes. I can identify uses of electricity.
I can compare the effects of large and small amounts of force applied to varying objects I can describe the impact of gravity on an object with and without support. I can explain the magnetic force ability to move objects without touching them. I can select a solution to a problem by evaluating options.
I can describe the functions of external parts of the human body. I can identify the locations of external parts of the human body. I can describe the functions of internal parts of the human body. I can identify the locations of internal parts of the human body.
I can identify the basic needs of living things. I can explain the importance of habitats that fulfill the needs of plants and animals. I can compare the process for plants and animals to meet basic needs.
I can describe the stages in the life cycle of a plant. I can describe the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. I can describe the stages in the life cycle of animals. I can explain the process by which animals help plants to spread seeds.
Module 01: Properties Of Objects
Module 02: States Of Objects And Materials
Module 03: Volume
Module 04: Changes In Materials
Module 05: Weather Patterns
Module 06: Wind/Severe Weather
Module 07: Rocks/Soil
Module 08: Sun’s Energy
Module 09: Forms Of Energy
Module 10: Forces And Changes In Motion
Module 11: Human Body
Module 12: Basic Needs
Module 13: Life Cycles
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.
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