Classes Offered > Science > General Science K-6 2017-2018

Elementary Science K-6  2017 - 2018

K-2 Science - (Grades K-2)

Teacher:  Kim Vander Hill                            Time:  Friday 9:00-9:55

Class & Material Cost:  $245
A copy and material fee of $30 is included in the cost of the class.

Book:  None
Required Material: Spiral Notebook or 1" 3-ring binder with pocket folders/pencil

During the first semester students will learn about properties, length and capacity and will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of physical sciences. They will develop science processing skills by observing, classifying, and sorting familiar objects. They will practice measuring and will recognize the importance of standard measuring tools and units. They will also work with balances and other equipment to compare and contrast objects by weight, buoyancy, magnetic attraction, and material composition. They will also build two vital vocabulary skills: describing and explaining.

Students explore force and motion with hands-on activities. They compare the relative work of moving identical objects, different distances, and different objects, identical distances. They then discover how simple machines make work easier by reducing the amount of force needed. Young scientists crank gears, decrease friction, and investigate household gadgets to identify what makes them labor-saving devices.

During the second semester students explore water, the most abundant substance on Earth, using many tools and techniques, so they should be prepared for splashes and spills. After using their senses to determine some of water’s properties, students pour, mix, filter, and freeze water. They watch water climb, bubble, condense, and take different shapes. Experimental setups and trials help your water detectives operationally define such scientific vocabulary as sink, float, dissolve, and evaporate. They also compare water to other liquids and experiment with filtering muddy water. Groups construct and test boats made from different materials to understand how shape and weight affect sinking and floating. Students will also explore the states of matter through hands-on experiences with blocks, balloons, and beakers to identify the distinctive properties of the three common states of matter. They will observe, explore, and measure solids, liquids, and gases, and investigate the processes by which one changes into another. As students conduct melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation experiments, they learn the importance of controlling variables and keeping records. To conclude the unit, the class can celebrate by making ice cream for a “Matter Matters” party.

***This class is on a three–year rotation of subject matter.

 

2-4 Science - (Grades 2-4)  - WAIT LIST 

Teacher:  Kim Vander Hill                                       Time:  Friday 10:00-10:55

Class & Material Cost:  $245
A copy and material fee of $30 is included in the cost of the class.

Book:  None
Required Materials: Spiral Notebook or 1" 3-ring binder with pocket folder / pencil.

  During the first semester, students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of physical sciences. They will develop science processing skills by designing, constructing, and diagramming simple electrical circuits. They will investigate resistance in solid and liquid conductors, and even make their own light bulbs and circuit fuses! They will also discover the Law of Magnetic Attraction and much more about the principles that govern magnetic behavior and interaction. They experiment with magnets of various sizes and shapes, even our planet-sized magnet, to explore this invisible but observable force. They demonstrate magnetic fields and polarity. Then they make compasses that align with Earth’s magnetic poles. They model temporary magnetism and use a simple circuit and an iron nail to create an electromagnet. Students will also learn about refraction and reflection as we experiment with light, mirrors, lenses, and filters.

During the second semester, the classroom will double as a chemistry lab when students identify six unknown substances that their senses tell them are very similar. After comparing the substances to named samples, students apply several tests to discover the chemical properties of each: water test, vinegar test, iodine test, BTB test, and heat test. They will also explore simple machines by measuring force as they lift, push, and pull loads and determine the mathematical relationship between force and work. They will build and operate classroom versions of the six simple machines. They will investigate how each one makes work easier by magnifying, modifying, transferring, or changing the direction of the applied force. Complex machines will be explored and created as “contraptions” are designed by teams. Then the students will explore prisms, color filters, and pigments in order to determine the components of white light and the products of color mixing.
*Students will be required to write short research papers (length based on grade level) on various topics throughout the year.

***This class is on a three–year rotation of subject matter.

General Science - (Grades 4-6) 

Teacher:  Kim Vander Hill                     Time:  Friday 11:00-11:55 - 

Class & Material Cost:  $245

Book:  None
A copy and material fee of $30 is included in the cost of the class.

During the first semester, students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of physical sciences. They will develop science processing skills as they build, operate, and analyze different electrical circuits and experiment with the variables that affect the current in each by building their own galvanometers. They will also look at simple energy converters and use circuits to model some common household devices. Students will explore the unique relationship between electricity and magnetism, and how it can be manipulated to produce an electric current or a magnetic field and will construct several devices based on their findings. The students will be introduced to famous scientists and the contributions they have made to civilization.

During the second semester, young chemists will hypothesize, test, and draw conclusions about the nature of matter. In this chemistry unit, students calculate liquid densities and apply filtration and evaporation to suspensions and solutions. They measure gas volumes and pressures to demonstrate Boyle’s law. They investigate atomic structure and learn to read the Periodic Table and delve deeper into the Mystery of the Periodic Table. With three-dimensional models and corresponding chemical equations, students explore the covalent and ionic molecular bonds of compounds, including double bonds of fats. Then, they conduct experiments: a neutralization reaction between bases and acids, an oxidations reaction, and a double replacement reaction to form a precipitate. Later, students will experiment with familiar toys and objects. As they explain their observations, they will prove Newton’s three laws of motion. The path of a tossed basketball, the flip of a grasshopper toy, and the endless swing of clackers will reinforce the concepts of inertia, gravity, acceleration, mass, force, and momentum. Students will engage in races, games and challenges that emphasize the laws of motion that govern every day.

***This class is on a three–year rotation of subject matter.

 

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