Classes Offered > Science > General Science K-6 2018-2019

Elementary Science K–6  2018-2019

K–2 Science — (Grades K–2) 

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

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

Book:  None

Supplies: Spiral Notebook with pockets or a 1" 3-ring binder with pocket folders, pencil, paper, crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

First Semester: Amazing Air, Weather-Watching, Sunshine, and Shadows. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. The first semester introduces students to air, and its fascinating properties by providing hands-on experiments. Weather-watching is the next science topic that they will explore using handmade weather tools. They will also explore rainbows, thunderstorms, and snowflakes. The semester ends with a look at shadows and ends with a full-fledged original performance in a shadow theater.

Second Semester: Finding the Moon, Sun, and Earth and Exploring Soil. Students will compare the daytime and nighttime skies. Through direct observations and modeling exercises, they will discover that the Earth’s nearest neighbor in space is far more interesting than any storybook Moon. The students will also take to the schoolyard with trowels in hand and explore soil components, weathering and erosion, minerals and nutrients, and more. Once they understand what soil is, they find out how it is made and observe how earthworms mix and enrich the soil.

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

2–4 Science — (Grades 2–4)  

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

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

Book:  None

Supplies: Spiral Notebook or 1" 3-ring binder with pocket folder/pencil.

First Semester: Earth Movements, Rocks, and Minerals. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. They will explore the massive movements that are constantly shaping the earth and learn how rocks provide clues to the earth’s structure and geological activities. They will explore rock and mineral properties and become geologists by performing field tests on mineral and rock samples. Students will also create rocks and grow salt crystals to model minerals.

Second Semester: Solar System and Solar Energy. Students will explore the Solar System through hands-on activities, become familiar with the names and positions of the planets, and create model planets. They will also discover the concept of energy transfer from a source (the Sun) to a receiver (solar collector). In a series of heat exchange experiments, the students will test the variables that affect energy retention.

***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

OR
      Tuesday 10:30-11:25 

Class and Material Cost:  $245    

Book:  None    

Supplies: Spiral notebook or a 1" 3-ring binder with pocket folders, pencil.

A copy and material fee of $30 is included in the cost of the class.

First Semester: Earth Processes and Weather Forecasting. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. Earth Processes begin with activities to explain continental drift and plate tectonics. They will construct replicas that demonstrates our planet’s structure and the three main types of rocks. Then they explore, map, and measure the forces that result in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain-building and model the explosive events that make plate margins.

Second Semester: Shipwrecks and Astronomy. During the second semester, students are introduced to the world of shipwrecks and marine archaeology. They will learn the methods and tools used to navigate and some of the most common causes of shipwrecks and discover how archaeologists work in the marine environment to discover, map, and preserve historic shipwrecks of the past. Next, the students discover how Earth’s motion relates to day and night, the annual seasons, and the predictably changing night sky. They reproduce constellation patterns and investigate the life cycles of stars, the shapes of galaxies, and the size of the universe.

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

 

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