There are six units of study covered over a two year cycle. We will study three units in science class each year. Our hands-on FOSS Science Program comes to us through Grant Wood AEA. New this year, students in Mrs. O'Brien's room will come to Mrs. Nelson's room for Science.
In 2016-2017, students study these modules:
Insects and Plants
This unit provides experiences that heighten awareness of the living world. Students will come to know, see, and compare the life cycles of several insects. They will also grow one type of plant from seed to observe its life cycle to produce new seeds.
Air and Weather
This unit provides experiences that heighten students' awareness and understanding of Earth's atmosphere. It provides opportunities for younger students to engage in scientific and engineering practices. Students explore the natural world by using simple instruments to observe and monitor change.
Solids & Liquids
This unit provides students with experiences that develop an understanding of how materials are similar and different from one another and how properties of materials relate to their use. Students observe, describe, and compare properties of solids and liquids. Students engage in science and engineering practices to collect data, define problems, and develop solutions.
In 2015-2016, students studied these modules:
Plants and Animals
This unit provides experiences that heighten students' awareness of the way that plants and animals meet their basic needs. Students observe the structure of plants and discover ways to propagate new plants from mature plants (from seeds, bulbs, roots, and stem cuttings). They observe and describe changes that occur as plants grow, and compare classroom plants to those in the schoolyard. They design terrariums and provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in the classroom.
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
This unit provides experiences that heighten primary students' awareness, curiosity, and understanding of Earth's natural resources – rocks, soil, and water – and provides opportunities for students to engage in scientific and engineering practices. Students explore the natural world by using simple tools to observe and describe properties of earth materials.
Balls and Ramps
Students will discover balls have different physical properties and characteristics. There is a relationship between the physical properties of balls and their motion and behavior on inclined planes. There is also a relationship between the steepness of an inclined plane and the motion of balls.