Students learn how light is important in their everyday lives. They will investigate different materials, including prisms and diffraction glasses, to see how light travels through them. Science Topics:
What is Light?
What are shadows?
How Can Light be used for Communication?
Where do the Colors of the Rainbow Come From?
What is Sound?
Students explore the relationship between sound and vibrations and will understand the properties of sound waves (Physical Sciences). Science Topics:
What is a Vibration?
How is Sound used in Communication?
How do Percussion Instruments Work?
How do Stringed Instruments Work?
What are Plants?
Students will analyze data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists. Students will learn that traits are passed from one generation to the next. Students will learn that who we are is encoded in our genes. Gives students a basic introduction to DNA, genetics and heredity (Life Science). Science Topics:
What do Plants Need to Survive?
What is a Seed?
What are Leaves?
What are Trees?
What are Life Cycles?
Students learn that all living organisms are unique and go through finite life spans. They learn about stages in various animals’ growth by observation and making their own models (Life Science) Science Topics:
What are Parents and Offspring?
How are Parents and Offspring Alike?
How are Parents and Offspring Different?
What Patterns of Behavior of Parents and Offspring Help Offspring Survive?
What is Our Sun?
Students learn the basics of the Sun. The reasons for night and day and the changes in the amount of daylight during the different times are expolored. Science Topics:
How does the Length of Daylight Change with the Season?
How do Sundials Tell Time?
How does Sunlight Keep us Warm?
How do we Predict Patterns from Observing the Sun Over Time?
What is the Solar System?
Students study our solar system, focusing on planets and our moon and predict celestial patterns. Science Topics:
What is our Moon?
What are Stars?
How do we Predict Patterns from Observing the Solar System?