Science is taught through the 5E method. Research has shown that this is a highly effective way to present new concepts in science. Students will explore biology, astronomy, and earth science through videos, skits, experts, models, demos, readings, labs, interactive notebooks, projects, extension activities, and assessments. Each class will require much participation and preparation by the students.
- Examine the roles of consumers, producers, and decomposers in a biological community.
- Describe how matter and energy are transferred through an ecosystem.
- Draw conclusions from data about interactions between the biotic and abiotic elements of a particular environment.
- Analyze the environments and the interdependence among organisms found in the world’s major biomes.
- Analyze information about the major components of the universe.
- Describe the relative distance of objects in the solar system from earth.
- Explain how the positional relationships among the earth, moon, and sun control thelength of the day, lunar cycle, and year.
- Describe the different stages in the lunar cycle.
- Produce a model to demonstrate how the moon produces tides.
- Illustrate the relationship between the seasons and the earth-sun system.
- Describe the causes of lunar and solar eclipses.
- Design and conduct an investigation to determine how the sun drives atmospheric convection.
- Describe how the sun’s energy produces the wind.
- Investigate the relationship between currents and oceanic temperature differences.
- Analyze meteorological data to predict weather conditions.
- Organism Relationships
- Biotic and Abiotic Factors
- Lunar Cycle
- Convection Currents
- Weather Maps and Air Pressure
- Rough Syllabus
- Introduction Overview: Science lab expectation ice breakers
Science: 5 E Lesson Model
Day 1: Engagement: the hook (previous knowledge), set goals around the objective, introduce vocabulary, demos)
Day 2: Exploration: Science Labs (45 min)
Day 3: Explanation: note-taking/ questioning/ interactive notebooks/check for understanding
Day 4: Elaboration: practice new skills: small groups for RTI/extension activities
Day 5: Tests
Homework Schedules can be given as extension activities