Unit of Study

 

Students will be able to:

 

Weather and Climate- Earth and Space Science

 

  • Collect and analyze weather data
  • Explore climates in different regions of the world and analyze why there are variations within climate.
  • Describe and provide evidence about climates in different regions. 
  • Identify climate patterns and changes in a given area over a period of time.
  • Explain how climate patterns can be identified.  
 
Forces and Interactions- Physical Science

 

  • Observe objects in motion to find evidence of forces in direct contact, understanding how force influences motion of an object.
  • Observe, explain, demonstrate, and alter strength and direction of forces.
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to observe and explain changes in objects’ motion in terms of unbalanced and balanced forces.
  • Describe forces using qualitative data with force diagrams.
 
 
Matter and its Interactions- Physical Science
 
  • Develop a model to describe matter is made of particles too small to be seen. 
  • Conduct an investigation and present findings to explain mixtures.
  • Conduct a series of tests to determine the properties of a mystery solid and present evidence to support their claim.
  • Design Challenge- create their own playdough mixture to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substance.

Inheritance and Variation of Traits- Life Science

 

 

  • Identify characteristics of ladybugs (and their lifecycles) by observing what types of ladybugs are present on school grounds, in order to distinguish different inherited characteristics of ladybugs.
  • Students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences among insect, animal, and plant life cycles to create a foundation for the understanding of traits and inheritance.
  • Identify inherited and acquired traits to understand the origin of traits. 
  • Identify plants' adaptive relationships to specific environments