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The Science Units below are new for the 2018-2019 School Year!
Patterns of the Sun and Moon
Students explore shadows as a way to learn about the patterns of the sun and moon. They also begin to keep track of the amount of daylight over the year. As a result of the learning gained during the unit's learning sequences, students ultimately create a sundial to deepen their understanding of sunlight and shadows as well as the way the sun moves in the sky.
Communicating with Light and Sound
Students view a film animation and build an understanding for how light and sound work together to communicate a message. Throughout the unit students develop their ability to make comparisons using patterns and identify causal relationships related to light and sound and ultimately use these understandings to improve (engineer) an animation.
Learning from Nature Through Our Senses
Students begin by viewing three videos of specific plant and animal behaviors and consider the factors of their external parts and need for sunlight. Throughout the unit's learning sequences students will explore and explain animal/plant structure and function and how these meet survival needs. Students will also be, learning from nature to make things better, in order to design a solution to a problem that mimics a solution from nature.
Seasons Change and So Does Nature
Students will explore how offspring may or may not be exactly like their parents and how the parental response to their offspring's behavior help in their survival. Throughout the unit's learning sequences students identify cause and effect relationships between the changing seasons and the behaviors of plants and animals. Students act as field biologists by collecting and recording information about living things in their field guides.