Classes Offered > Science > General Science K-8 2015-2016

Elementary Science K-7

Amazing Air, Weather-Watching, Sunshine & Shadows - (Grades K-2) First Semester

Finding the Moon, Sun & Earth & Exploring Soil - (Grades K-2) Second Semester

Teacher: Jordan Parks

Time:  Friday 11:00-11:55

Class & Material Cost:  $240

Book:  None

Required Materials:  Spiral Notebook or 1” 3-ring binder with pocket folders / pencil

***The K-2 Science has a 3 year rotation of subject matter.

1st Semester:  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 some of its fascinating properties by providing hands-on experiments that enable them to see that air takes up space, has weight, exerts constantly changing pressure, and is always in motion. Weather watching is the next science topic that they will explore firsthand. Using their senses and handmade weather tools, the students will observe and measure weather factors such as temperature, wind, clouds, and precipitation. They will record data on a weather calendar, which will help them recognize daily and seasonal weather changes and patterns. They will also find out how weather affects everyday life and which cloud formations predict which weather patterns. Lastly, they will explore the causal conditions for such phenomena as rainbows, thunderstorms, and snowflakes. The semester ends by exploring shadows from many angles. They begin with a simple definition of shadow and end with a full-fledged original performance in a shadow theater.

2nd Semester:  Next, students will compare the daytime and nighttime skies. They will discover that the Earth’s nearest neighbor in space is for more interesting than any storybook Moon. Through direct observations and modeling exercises, students will learn that the Moon is visible day and night, that it rises and sets, appears to change shapes, cast shadows, reflects light, and lacks air and water. Then they demonstrate the phases of the Moon and its far side.  Students also form craters on a “moon dust” surface and handle substances very similar to Moon soil and rocks. Lastly, the students take to the schoolyard with trowels in hand. Several weeks later, they are familiar with sampling techniques and soil components, weathering and erosion, minerals and nutrients, and more. They separate soil into particle layers and classify soil types according to estimated proportions. Once they understand what soil is, they find out how it is made and observe how earthworms mix and enrich soil.

Earth Movements, Rocks, and Minerals - (Grades 3-5) First Semester

Solar System and Solar Energy - (Grades 3-5) Second Semester

Teacher:  Jordan Parks

Time:  Friday 10:00-10:55

Class & Material Cost:  $240

Book:  None

Required Materials:  Spiral Notebook or 1” 3-ring binder with pocket folders / pencil

***The 3-5 Science has a 3 year rotation of subject matter.

First Semester:  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: volcanoes erupting, trenches creeping open, continental plates colliding and sending mountain ranges skyward. They will also learn how rocks provide clues to the earth’s structure and geological  activities, and explore rock and mineral properties and uses, investigating assorted stony specimens by observing, experimenting, and recording results. Students will create rocks and grow salt crystals to model minerals. They practice geology by performing field tests on mineral samples.

Second Semester:  Students will explore the Solar System through hands-on activities and gain perspective on the physical relationships between objects in our Solar System. They will become familiar with the names and positions of the nine planets, research one planet, and share that information with the class. Next, combining geometry and astronomy concepts, they study ellipses and orbit paths, then circles and planet shapes. Model planets and a classroom-size model solar system will be built to scale dramatizing the relative sizes and distances of our satellites in our solar system, such as asteroids, meteoroids, and comets. It even extends its stars and their celestial patterns, the constellations that have intrigued sky-gazers for millennia. Afterwards, the remaining time will be spent discovering the concept of energy transfer from a source (the Sun) to a receiver (solar collector). Then in a series of heat exchange experiments, the students will test the variables that affect energy retention: covers, colors, water levels, exposure times, angles of presentation, types of solutions, and uses of reflectors.

Earth Processes and Weather Forecasting - (Grades 6-8) First Semester

Shipwrecks and Astronomy - (Grades 6-8) Second Semester

Teacher:  Jordan Parks

Time:  Friday 12:45-1:40

Class & Material Cost:  $240

Book:  None

Required Materials:  Spiral Notebook or 1” 3-ring binder with pocket folders / pencil

***The 6-8 Science has a 3 year rotation of subject matter.

First Semester:  This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understandingg of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. Earth Processes begins and ends with two important, related geological theories: continental drift and plate tectonics. In the activities, students examine the evidence supporting these explanations of Earth’s dynamic landforms. They will construct a layered Earth replica that demonstrates our planet’s structure. Next they will replicate the formation of the three types of rock an discover how heating, cooling, compression and weathering create a perpetual rock cycle. Then they explore, map, and measure the forces that result in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain-building. They model the explosive events that make plate margins, especially the Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire, the most volatile area on earth.

Second Semester:  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. They 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 build a three-dimensional model to explore stellar distances and magnitudes. Color transparencies from Hubble images and space shuttle training programs support student investigation of the life cycles of stars, the shapes of galaxies, and the size of the universe. Students also build instruments to experience celestial navigation. Astronomy brings the expanse of the cosmos and centuries ideas about it into the reach of student understanding.
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