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.
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I can explain the composition of matter having parts too small to be seen without a microscope. I can explain models representing matter with particles taking up space even if it cannot be seen.
I can describe the frequency of physical changes occurring as a result of temperature. I can identify when a physical change has occurred due to a chemical change from temperature. I can describe the frequency of physical and chemical changes occurring as a result of temperature. I can identify the steps of the scientific method.
I can describe the effect of forces on an object. I can describe the effect of gravity on an object. I can identify the effect of friction on an object. I can explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigations. I can explain the connection between applied force and an object’s mass.
I can describe the transformation of electrical energy into other types of energy. I can identify conductors and non-conductors I can explain the flow of electricity in a closed circuit. I can explain attraction and repulsion between two electrically charged or uncharged objects.
I can describe the properties of temperature in each state of matter. I can describe the properties of mass in each state of matter. I can describe the properties of color in each state of matter. I can describe the properties of texture in each state of matter. I can explain the measurements and graph evidencing the conservation of matter.
I can explain the mixtures of solids that can be separated based on observable properties. I can evaluate the conditions affecting the dissolving process of a mixture. I can identify soluble and insoluble materials. I can analyze data identifying the results of the mixture parts not dissolving. I can identify the conditions that will speed up or slow down the dissolving process.
I can describe types of energy. I can explain the ability of energy to cause motion or change. I can explain the importance of repeated trials in a scientific investigation. I can identify the importance of a control group.
I can describe the conditions of climate zones. I can describe the interaction between the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
I can compare the organs and structures of plants. I can compare the organs and structures of animals.
I can describe the functions of the brain, heart, and lungs. I can describe the function of the digestive system. I can describe the function of the urinary system. I can describe the functions of the sensory organs, muscles, and skeleton. I can describe the functions of reproductive organs.
I can compare objects in the solar system. I can describe the Milky Way within the galaxy. I can explain the connection between apparent brightness and the relative distance from the Earth. I can describe patterns of daily change due to the Earth's position in the solar system. I can compare inner and outer planets. I can evaluate the difference between opinion and verified observation.
I can describe plant and animal adaptations. I can explain the process of animals using energy in food for body repair, growth, motion, and warmth. I can explain the process in which plants get the materials needed to grow. I can create a model showing the process of matter moving through an ecosystem. I can explain shifts in plant and animal populations based on changes in the environment. I can describe the use of scientific evidence to protect resources.
I can describe the conditions required for forms of precipitation. I can explain the effect of climate on precipitation. I can explain a created model of the water cycle. I can describe the importance of the ocean to the water cycle.
I can describe the influence of weather components on the weather in a particular place and time. I can explain a preparedness plan in the case of natural disasters.
Module 01: Properties of Matter
Module 02: Mixtures
Module 03: Atoms
Module 04: Changes in Matter
Module 05: Energy
Module 06: Force and Motion
Module 07: Forms of Energy
Module 08: Solar System and Galaxies
Module 09: Water Cycle
Module 10: Weather
Module 11: Climate
Module 12: Adaptations
Module 13: Human Body Organs and Functions
Module 14: Organism Structure, Function, and Comparison
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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