STEM Science for 5th and 6th Grades

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Inquiry and Design

0 Course Introduction 04:04

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Explore science hands on with guided STEM experiments! 

This course offers an in depth, advanced science program exploring concepts of qualitative and quantitative observations, the scientific method, the design process for engineering, physical science, life science, and earth science.

This course overview presents the instructional format of the course with guided experiments, home practice, and detailed experiment reviews.

1 Lesson 1 The Scientific Method 16:23

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Students will review the scientific method and how to apply this method to a science experiment. 

The science lab instructor will model scientific inquiry process skills and how to utilize the scientific method to complete an experiment.

The science lab instructor will review the three types of variables in a scientific investigation:

manipulated variables

controlled variables

responding variables

Students will review the two types of observations that scientists use when conducting an investigation - quantitative observations and qualitative observations.

2 Lesson 1 Work Page Review 06:08

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

3 Lesson 2 Scientific Questions and Hypothesis 12:40

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The science lab instructor will model the difference between forming questions and creating a testable hypothesis for an experiment. 

The students will practice analyzing questions in scientific investigations.

The science lab instructor will review examples of testable questions, model the steps for forming a hypothesis from the questions, and demonstrate the basic format of hypothesis statements.

4 Lesson 2 Work Page Review 12:35

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

5 Lesson 3 Observations Versus Inferences 11:26

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The science lab instructor will model the differences between something that is observed and something that is inferred in a scientific investigation. 

Students will practice using observations, inferences, and predictions in example scientific investigations.

The science lab instructor will use visual models from a scientific investigation using animal tracks to draw inferences and observations about the creatures that made the footprints.

6 Lesson 3 Work Page Review 06:21

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

7 Lesson 4 Analyzing Variables 13:28

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The science lab instructor will present the types of variables that are present in an experiment. 

Students will explore the differences between dependent and independent variables in an investigation.

Students will learn the vocabulary terms manipulated variables (independent variables), controlled variables (constants), and responding variables (dependent variables) within the context of a scientific investigation.

8 Lesson 4 Work Page Review 09:57

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

9 Lesson 5 Is It a Fair Test? 11:08

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The science lab instructor will review the process of designing an experiment.  The students will explore what makes an experiment valid and fair.  The students will analyze given experiments for validity and create plans for changing the experiments into fair tests. 

The instructor will review a real life scenario of an experiment.  Students will analyze the scenario for accuracy, fairness, and evaluate modifications that may be necessary to make the experiment accurate.  

10 Lesson 5 Work Page Review 08:51

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

11 Lesson 6 Gummy Worm Observations 17:56

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During this experiment, students will explore qualitative and quantitative observations about materials.

Students will use descriptive scientific language when making their observations.

They will correctly identify qualitative and quantitative observations.

Students will practice utilizing scientific observations to describe any object of matter.  

Students will test the physical properties and characteristics of Gummy Worms as they record their scientific observations.

12 Lesson 6 Work Page Review 05:53

Picture of Lesson 6 Work Page Review The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video. The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

13 Lesson 7 Accuracy in Scientific Investigations 11:10

Picture of Lesson 7 Accuracy in Scientific Investigations Students will create an experiment plan and utilize charts and graphs to log the results of each test within their experiment. The students will focus on accuracy by conducting repeatable tests and recording the results to present in a chart and graph.

14 Lesson 7 Work Page Review 07:37

Picture of Lesson 7 Work Page Review The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video. The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

15 Lesson 8 Using Data from Experiments 13:21

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The science lab instructor will guide the students through the process of analyzing data from experiments and creating accurate, clear charts and graphs of the results of the experiment.

Graphs will focus on change over time.

16 Lesson 8 Work Page Review 07:31

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

17 Lesson 9 The Design Cycle 11:31

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Students will learn the process of the design cycle as they develop plans to solve technical problems. 

Students will be presented with a problem that needs a technical solution. 

Students will devise a plan, construct a working model, and test their design for the solution.

The instructor will present a model for organizing the steps to the Engineering Design Cycle.

The instructor will guide students through the process of asking questions, generating an idea, constucting a model, evaluating the effectiveness of the design, making modifications, and sharing results.

18 Lesson 9 Work Page Review 06:28

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

19 Lesson 10 STEM at Camp 09:25

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Students will be presented with a STEM design cycle problem to plan, construct a model, and test their solution. 

This problem will focus on engineering simple machines to create a solution to a common situation posed by the science lab instructor.

The science lab instructor will propose a challenge to students to design a way to keep food safely away from wild animals on the ground during a camping trip using a design for a simple machine (pulley).

20 Lesson 10 Work Page Review 05:24

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

Life Science

21 Lesson 11 Habitats Versus Ecosystems 14:57

Picture of Lesson 11 Habitats Versus Ecosystems In this video lesson the science lab instructor will review the background knowledge students should have about classification of animals, habitats, and basic needs. The instructor will review previous food chain models students should be familiar with to introduce the concept of interconnected parts of an Ecosystem.

22 Lesson 11 Work Page Review 06:45

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

23 Lesson 12 Cells Building Living Things 14:08

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will relate the concept of building blocks of matter - atoms and molecules - to the concept of cells being the building blocks of living organisms. 

Students will understand cells are living, growing, and reproducing parts within all living organisms.

Students will develop a basic understanding of the parts of cells.

24 Lesson 12 Work Page Review 06:11

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

25 Lesson 13 Animal Cells Versus Plant Cells 10:29

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In this lesson video the students will be guided through the research process to discover differences between plant and animal cells. 

They will complete graphic organizer charts to help organize the research data into a useable format for further experiments.

Students will gain a basic understanding of the parts of the cells.

26 Lesson 13 Work Page Review 04:44

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

27 Lesson 14 Going Cellular 09:17

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In this video lesson the students will complete a scientific investigation exploring plant and animal cells using microscopic slide images. 

The students will compare four example cells from the slides in a light microscope and gather data to draw conclusions about plant and animal cells.

The students will identify the parts of the cells using the photographic slides scientific artifacts.

28 Lesson 14 Work Page Review 08:24

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

29 Lesson 15 Ecosystems Frayer Model 11:42

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In this video lesson the students will create a research plan for the various classifications of Ecosystems using the Frayer Model. 

The students will explore the distinct characteristics and weather patterns of the climate as well as unique features of the organisms that live in the Ecosystem they are researching.

Student research will center around microscopic ecosystems or ecosystems that contain a food chain that begins with a microscopic creature.

30 Lesson 15 Work Page Review 05:04

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

31 Lesson 16 Ecosystem Travel Brochure 18:18

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During this video lesson, the students will be challenged to create a model Ecosystem and a travel guide brochure to highlight the key features of the Ecosystem they have selected. 

Students will complete research on the:

climate,

weather patterns,

organisms,

food chains,

and unique features of their Ecosystem before creating their model and brochure.

32 Lesson 16 Work Page Review 08:22

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

33 Lesson 17 Food Chains 13:18

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In this video lesson the students will explore the interconnected relationship of organisms within an Ecosystem through the Food Chain. 

Students will identify:

parasites,

hosts,

producers,

consumers,

decomposers,

predators,

and prey within a multifaceted food chain sequence.

34 Lesson 17 Work Page Review 06:47

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

Earth Science

35 Lesson 18 Geographic Features 12:50

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In this video lesson the students will review the observable land features on continents and islands. 

Students will review the names of the features of Earth and identify unique characteristics of those land and water features that are common among other continents.

36 Lesson 18 Work Page Review 05:09

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

37 Lesson 19 Observing Erosion 10:59

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In this video lesson the students will conduct a lab experiment to observe two forms of erosion (wind and water). 

The instructor will model the steps to conducting the experiment and recording observations in a science journal.  

Students will connect the changes to land forms and Earth's surface to the constant wearing away of soil and rock through erosion. 

Students will formulate a plan for preserving Earth's features and minimizing the effects of erosion.

38 Lesson 19 Work Page Review 07:28

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

39 Lesson 20 Oceanic Landforms Part 1 08:39

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will introduce the concept of landforms underneath the surface of the water (oceans). 

Students will explore oceanic landforms through research and visual models.

In the coming lesson, students will be creating a model based on the research for the ocean floor that is conducted in this lesson.  Students will create a three dimensional model of the features of the ocean floor.

40 Lesson 20 Work Page Review 05:18

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

41 Lesson 21 Oceanic Landforms Part 2 09:21

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In this video lesson the students will begin to create a 3D model of the ocean floor including each oceanic landform. 

The students will

research,

plan,

create a model,

and explain the features of the ocean floor through their project models.

42 Lesson 21 Work Page Review 09:17

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

Physical Science

43 Lesson 22 Mystery Boxes 07:34

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In this video lesson, students will learn about the observable properties of matter. 

Students will be challenged to use senses other than sight to make observations about objects that are made of matter.

The science lab instructor will remind students of the differences between observing and inferring.

Students will be challenged to create their own mystery boxes to practice identifying observable properties of matter without using the sense of sight.

44 Lesson 22 Work Page Review 08:48

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

45 Lesson 23 Matter or Not 13:20

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In this video lesson, the students will explore their own environments and common words to see if they can identify the observable properties of matter. 

Students will classify given items as matter or non-matter. 

Students will prepare scientific reasons to explain their classification systems.

46 Lesson 23 Work Page Review 08:18

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

47 Lesson 24 Exploring Particles in Matter 10:34

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In this video lesson, the students will create an experiment to watch the interactions between particles of matter. 

Students will observe the particles of matter moving at different temperatures to explore how the amount of energy changes the rate of interaction between the particles.

48 Lesson 24 Work Page Review 06:14

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

49 Lesson 25 Mixtures and Solutions 13:01

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In this video lesson, the students will explore the differences between mixtures and solutions. 

Students will create mixtures and solutions during an experiment. 

The students will create a plan for separating the mixtures and solutions back into their basic parts.

50 Lesson 25 Work Page Review 05:27

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

51 Lesson 26 Dilution Pollution 20:43

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In this video lesson, the students will explore the affects of pollution in water through food coloring. 

The students will conduct a scientific test diluting a solution of water and food coloring to explore the interaction of molecules and the spreading of toxins in waterways. 

Students will then connect the spreading of food coloring in the viles of water no matter how diluted to the spreading of polution into waterways and ecosystems.

52 Lesson 26 Work Page Review 07:33

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

53 Lesson 27 Manipulated and Responding Variables 13:06

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In this video lesson, the students will explore manipulated and responding variables. 

Students will practice identifying the variables within given example science experiments. 

They will also conduct an experiment while identifying the manipulated and responding variables of their own scientific investigation.

54 Lesson 27 Work Page Review 07:38

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

55 Lesson 28 Physical and Chemical Changes 09:37

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In this video lesson, the students will explore the changes that occur in matter. 

Students will learn to identify the properties of matter and to observe how those properties change. 

Students will identify the type of changes taking place during an experiment as either chemical or physical.

56 Lesson 28 Work Page Review 09:50

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

57 Lesson 29 Chemical Changes Part 1 09:48

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In this lesson video, the students will explore chemical changes within matter. 

Students will conduct an experiment to create a chemical reaction between the molecules in the matter. 

Students will record their observations and follow the scientific process during their experiment with chemical changes.

58 Lesson 29 Work Page Review 05:15

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

59 Lesson 30 Chemical Changes Part 2 09:41

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In this lesson video, the students will explore chemical changes within matter.

Students will conduct an experiment to create a chemical reaction between the molecules in the matter.

Students will record their observations and follow the scientific process during their experiment with chemical changes.

60 Lesson 30 Work Page Review 04:22

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

61 Lesson 31 Chemical Changes Part 3 10:13

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In this lesson video, the students will explore chemical changes within matter.

Students will conduct an experiment to create a chemical reaction between the molecules in the matter.

Students will record their observations and follow the scientific process during their experiment with chemical changes.

62 Lesson 31 Work Page Review 05:04

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

63 Lesson 32 Dissolving Solutions 12:28

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In this video lesson, the students will explore solutions through an experiment dissolving sugar molecules. 

The students will test energy's affects on the rate of change in the dissolving solution. 

Students will follow the scientific process as they conduct their experiment, record results, and draw conclusions.

64 Lesson 32 Work Page Review 06:07

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

65 Lesson 33 Forces in Motion 14:58

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In this lesson video, students will explore the concept of forces in motion. 

Students will explore force as a push or pull exerted on an object. 

Students will relate these concepts to simple machines and the STEM project completed previously in this course.

66 Lesson 33 Work Page Review 06:31

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

67 Lesson 34 Investigating Forces Part 1 13:04

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In this video lesson, students will explore types of forces as well as the strength of the force. 

Students will explore magnetic forces that push and pull through repulsion and attraction.

Students will discover through experimenting that the strength of the magnet is directly related to the strength of the repulsion and attraction.

68 Lesson 34 Work Page Review 04:01

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

69 Lesson 35 Investigating Forces Part 2 10:15

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In this video lesson, the students will explore types of forces and the strength they exert on objects. 

Students will conduct experiments with falling objects to explore the force of gravity and its strength pulling objects.

70 Lesson 35 Work Page Review 06:01

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

71 Lesson 36 Investigating Forces Part 3 08:02

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In this lesson video, students will experiment with forces and factors that can change the energy an object possesses after a force acts upon it. 

Students will explore friction and its affects on objects and forces as it works to slow down the forward motion of forces.

72 Lesson 36 Work Page Review 04:45

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

73 Lesson 37 Describing Position 10:11

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In this video lesson, the students will utilize the correct scientific vocabulary necessary to describe the positions of objects in relation to one another. 

Students will use a standard magnetic compass as a reference for the directional vocabulary needed to describe position. 

74 Lesson 37 Work Page Review 04:48

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

75 Lesson 38 Using Force on Moving Objects 07:34

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In this video lesson, the students will experiment with applying force to objects that are in motion. 

Students will make predictions about the:

impact of the force on the object,

test their hypothesis,

observe the results,

and draw conclusions about the impact of force on moving objects.

76 Lesson 38 Work Page Review 05:21

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

77 Lesson 39 Force Problems Part 1 10:26

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In this video lesson, the students will utilize critical engineering thinking as they delve into real world situational problems involving force. 

The students will be presented with a situation exploring the concept of force and will create a diagram, plan, and solution to the problem.

78 Lesson 39 Work Page Review 05:54

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

79 Lesson 40 Force Problems Part 2 10:15

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In this video lesson, the students will utilize critical engineering thinking as they delve into real world situational problems involving force.

The students will be presented with a situation exploring the concept of force and will create a diagram, plan, and solution to the problem.

80 Lesson 40 Work Page Review 03:50

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

81 Lesson 41 Force Problems Part 3 09:43

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In this video lesson, the students will utilize critical engineering thinking as they delve into real world situational problems involving force.

The students will be presented with a situation exploring the concept of force and will create a diagram, plan, and solution to the problem.

82 Lesson 41 Work Page Review 07:05

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

83 Lesson 42 Graphing Change Over Time 17:20

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In this video lesson, the students will delve into data analysis. 

Students will learn to correctly read data on charts and graphs,

create their own charts and graphs that show change over time,

and utilize accurate measurements when relaying information about a scientific experiment.

84 Lesson 42 Work Page Review 07:55

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

85 Lesson 43 Applying Force in Motion Part 1 12:44

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In this lesson video the students will devise a scientific investigation for changing the size and direction of the force of a toy car. 

Students will develop a plan,

test their plan,

record results,

and draw conclusions based on the results of their experiments.

86 Lesson 43 Work Page Review 04:31

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

87 Lesson 44 Applying Force in Motion Part 2 11:40

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In this video lesson, the students will utilize the data they gained during the previous lesson's experiment trials to create accurate charts and graphs of the results. 

Students will draw conclusions about changing size and direction of force based on the results of their experiments.

88 Lesson 44 Work Page Review 06:19

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

Science in Action

89 Lesson 45 Science in Action Guided Experiment 1 13:24

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

The student will conduct a scientific investigation using Topography to construct a three dimensional model of an object without using their sense of sight to look at the object.

90 Lesson 45 Work Page Review 05:46

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

91 Lesson 46 Science in Action Guided Experiment 2 11:15

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will conduct an experiment studying the process of osmosis and the way that moisture passes through the membrane layer of cells using shell-less eggs.

92 Lesson 46 Work Page Review 06:14

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

93 Lesson 47 Science in Action Guided Experiment 3 08:01

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will conduct an investigation on trajectory paths of a pingpong ball from three angles.  Students will construct a model of a launcher, test their working model, and measure the distances of each path traveled.

94 Lesson 47 Work Page Review 05:42

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

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95 Lesson 48 Science in Action Guided Experiment 4 07:42

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will construct a design for a working catapult using only the materials listed.  

Students will develop, construct, and test a variety of designs to perfect a model of the catapult that is the most accurate and launches the marshmallow the farthest during the experiment trials.

96 Lesson 48 Work Page Review 06:03

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

97 Lesson 49 Science in Action Guided Experiment 5 08:37

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will conduct an experiment to study how the density of water can be changed by creating a solution.

Students will see and measure the change in density of the solution by causing an object that is more dense than pure liquid water to float.

98 Lesson 49 Work Page Review 05:12

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

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99 Lesson 50 Science in Action Guided Experiment 6 10:00

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will conduct an experiment exploring the concept of pouring particles of matter in the gaseous state. 

Students will see and record observations about visible evidence of the effects of an invisible gas created through a chemical reaction.

100 Lesson 50 Work Page Review 05:23

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

101 Lesson 51 Science in Action Guided Experiment 7 08:30

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will explore the laws of physics by testing to see if particles of matter can occupy the same space at the same time.

102 Lesson 51 Work Page Review 04:45

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

103 Lesson 52 Science in Action Guided Experiment 8 07:46

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will explore density by experimenting with the layering affect of liquid matter in which the particles of matter are packed more closely together.

Students will create a tower of density layers and measure unknown objects's mass by the layer to which the objects stop sinking in the density tower.

104 Lesson 52 Work Page Review 06:43

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

105 Lesson 53 Science in Action Guided Experiment 9 07:59

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will explore methods of using magnet attraction to separate particles of matter that have been chemically combined.

106 Lesson 53 Work Page Review 04:34

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

107 Lesson 54 Science in Action Guided Experiment 10 09:06

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students through the scientific method as they apply their knowledge of inquiry and design to a scientific investigation from start to finish.

Students will explore the properties of energy by changing light energy into heat engery.  Students will build a working model of a solar powered oven to test during their experiment.

108 Lesson 54 Work Page Review 04:28

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The science lab instructor will review the steps to completing the work pages and experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video.

The possible answers to the work page questions will be reviewed during this video.

109 Lesson 55 Course Review 05:39

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will

review the main concepts from the course,

key vocabulary terms,

and ways for students to continue exploring with science throughout their daily life.

110 Lesson 55 Work Page Review 06:30

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The science lab instructor will review the experiments that were completed with the corresponding lesson video. 


This video will also contain a preview of other courses available with this instructor.

Course Description

Explore science hands on with guided STEM experiments!  This course offers an in depth advanced science program exploring concepts of qualitative and quantitative observations, the scientific method, the design process for engineering, physical science, life science, and earth science.

Course Topic Overview

STEM Science for Upper Elementary Course Overview

This course will guide students into utilizing scientific practices common to all areas of science and engineering which are:

    • Asking questions
    • Developing and using models
    • Planning and carrying out investigations
    • Analyzing and interpreting data
    • Using mathematics and computational thinking
    • Constructing explanations
    • Engaging in scientific argument from evidence
    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
    • Constructing devices or designing solutions
    • Science Safety

Students will utilize scientific skill of asking questions that will be answered through investigations or are used to refine models, explanations, or designs. Students will learn to identify variables in an investigation.

Additional resources are available for you to work with your budding scientist to explore further with Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science.

Course Includes

This course includes:

  • 55 lesson videos with guided science experiments (Over 600 minutes - 10 hours - of instruction!)
  • more than 16 hands on STEM experiments for students
  • 55 additional work page review videos
  • 6 printable assessments (quizzes and tests)
  • Virtual Quizzes to check understanding before progressing with the course
  • Parent Answer Keys and Explanation of Answers Packets
  • Certificate of Completion of Course
  • List of Science Academic Standards Addressed in this Course
  • Additional Resources for Going Further with Science
  • And more!

Core Science Standards Taught:

Scientific Inquiry –

5-1 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry, including the foundations of technological design and the processes, skills, and mathematical thinking necessary to conduct a controlled scientific investigation.

o   Identify questions suitable for generating a hypothesis.

o   Identify independent (manipulated), dependent (responding), and controlled variables in an experiment.

o   Plan and conduct controlled scientific investigations, manipulating one variable at a time.

o   Use appropriate tools and instruments (including a timing device and a 10x magnifier) safely and accurately when conducting a controlled scientific investigation.

o   Construct a line graph from recorded data with correct placement of independent (manipulated) and dependent (responding) variables.

o   Evaluate results of an investigation to formulate a valid conclusion based on evidence and communicate the findings of the evaluation in oral or written form.

o   Use a simple technological design process to develop a solution or a product, communicating the design by using descriptions, models, and drawings.

o   Use appropriate safety procedures when conducting investigations.

 

Life Science

5-2 – Students will demonstrate an understanding of relationships among biotic and abiotic factors within terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  

o   Recall the cell as the smallest unit of life and identify its major structures (including cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, and vacuole).

o   Summarize the composition of an ecosystem, considering both biotic factors (including populations, to the level of microorganisms, and communities) and abiotic factors.

o   Compare the characteristics of different ecosystems (including estuaries/salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands).

o   Identify the roles of organisms as they interact and depend on one another through food chains and food webs in an ecosystem, considering producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores), decomposers (microorganisms, termites, worms, and fungi), predators and prey, and parasites and hosts.

o   Explain how limiting factors (including food, water, space, and shelter) affect populations in ecosystems.

Earth Science:

5-3 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of features, processes, and changes in Earth’s land and oceans.

o   Explain how natural processes (including weathering, erosion, deposition, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods) affect Earth’s oceans and land in constructive and destructive ways.

o   Illustrate the geologic landforms of the ocean floor (including the continental shelf and slope, the mid-ocean ridge, rift zone, trench, and the ocean basin).

o   Compare continental and oceanic landforms.

o   Explain how waves, currents, tides, and storms affect the geologic features of the ocean shore zone (including beaches, barrier islands, estuaries, and inlets).

o   Compare the movement of water by waves, currents, and tides.

o   Explain how human activity (including conservation efforts and pollution) has affected the land and the oceans of Earth.

Physical Science:

5-4 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of properties of matter.

o   Recall that matter is made up of particles too small to be seen.

o   Compare the physical properties of the states of matter (including volume, shape, and the movement and spacing of particles).

o   Summarize the characteristics of a mixture, recognizing a solution as a kind of mixture.

o   Use the processes of filtration, sifting, magnetic attraction, evaporation, chromatography, and floatation to separate mixtures.

o   Explain how the solute and the solvent in a solution determine the concentration.

o   Explain how temperature change, particle size, and stirring affect the rate of dissolving.

o   Illustrate the fact that when some substances are mixed together, they chemically combine to form a new substance that cannot be easily separated.

o   Explain how the mixing and dissolving of foreign substances is related to the pollution of the water, air, and soil.


5-5 – The student will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of force and motion.

o   Illustrate the effects of force (including magnetism, gravity, and friction) on motion.

o   Summarize the motion of an object in terms of position, direction, and speed.

o   Explain how unbalanced forces affect the rate and direction of motion in objects.

o   Explain ways to change the effect that friction has on the motion of objects (including changing the texture of the surface, changing the amount of surface area involved, and adding lubrication).

o   Use a graph to illustrate the motion of an object.

o   Explain how a change of force or a change in mass affects the motion of an object.

Target Audience

This course is designed for upper elementary students who already possess a basic understanding of the scientific method of conducting a scientific investigation.  It is intended for advanced students in science (grades 5th and 6th).  The ages of the students will vary at the descretion of parents enrolling their children in the course and the aptitude of individual students.

Course Requirements

It is recommended that students have already completed basic science courses that introduce the scientific method, science tools, and basic observation skills.  Students should have a thorough scientific understanding on at least a fourth grade level before enrolling in this course.

  • Teacher: Kristin
  • Areas of expertise: Master teacher with more than 10 years of experience in the elementary classroom teaching all subject areas to grades 2-6. Selected to represent her county to the Roper Mountain Science PLUS Institute for Teachers two years in a row. Most recent classroom experience has been teaching all subjects in a 5th grade self contained classroom.
  • Education: Graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Degree in Elementary Education from North Greenville University Received a teaching license from the state of SC Professional Teaching Certificate from the SCACS association of Christian schools Received the National Excellency Award for the Principals of Learning and Teaching
  • Interests: Photography, Painting, Teaching, and Spending Time with Her Family
  • Skills: Author, Drama Teacher, Art Teacher, Computer Technician, Science Lab Instructor
  • Associations: State licensed teacher. Member of the Beta Delta Honors Society
  • Issues I care about: I am passionate about communicating with students and inspiring them to move to the next level in both academics and personal character.

"If my students do not learn the way I teach, I must teach the way they learn." I learned this anonymous quote during my days studying at the university. I have adopted this slogan as my motivation for teaching students, rather than covering content. Every student is a unique learner with different skills, struggles, and successes. I strive to teach in a way that motivates my students by meeting them where they are and challenging them to move one more step forward each day. As we move our instruction into virtual platforms, we have the unique opportunity to reach learners across the globe and motivate them to rise above the day's challenges. I am thrilled to be a part of your virtual learning journey! I may not see you everyday in the classroom, but I still care about your success. You have a unique story to tell. Let me come along side you in your journey this school year to help you tell that story in the most effective way possible so that you can one day inspire others with your story.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Parent Packet

This resource will contain the standards correlation for the scientific concepts taught, the certificate of completion, daily lesson plan guide, and a grade book template.

Answer Keys

This resource will contain the answer keys to the printable assessments utilized during this course as well as an additional optional assessment.

Explanations for Answers to Tests

This resource will provide additional explanations for why the answers to the test should be selected and provide a deeper understanding of the material.

Answer Keys to Daily Work Pages

This resource will provide the answers to the work pages that are  not open ended response that are utilized in this course.

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