STEM Science for Elementary Students

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Unit 1: Physical Science - Properties and Changes in Matter

0 Course Introduction 04:51

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The teacher will introduce the course goals and outline the course objectives. 

The teacher will explain the daily lesson plan guide and present what to expect with this virtual reading and creative writing course.

This course includes:

More than 20 hands on STEM projects

53 guided lesson and experiment videos

4 unit exams and answer keys

7 online progress check quizzes

Review lesson videos preceding the exams

Exam videos explaining the answers to the exams

Science journals and work pages for the student

12 additional enrichment lessons for parents and guardians to take the course further

1 Lesson 1: Introduction to Science Safety 15:14

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During this video lesson, the science lab instructor will introduce the procedures for conducting science experiments safely in a science lab setting or at home. 

The instructor will review the names of the protective equipment used in a science laboratory including: gloves, goggles, fire extinguishers, running water, and various tools for investigation.

The names of the science tools used for investigation will be taught and reviewed during the lesson video and with a student practice page.

The tools discussed in the video will be part of the scientific vocabulary utilized throughout the remaining videos in the course.

1 Lesson 1 Work Page Review 08:18

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

2 Lesson 2: The Scientific Method 12:02

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In this video the science lab instructor will present the scientific method for conducting an investigation.

The scientific method lesson includes the inquiry skills of asking questions and creating a working hypothesis for an experiment. 

Students are taught how to plan a test for their hypothesis, gather materials. plan for their variables, and carry out their experiment plan. 

The instructor reviews the basic principles of gathering data through observations during the experiment. 

The students learn to compare their results to the original hypothesis to create a conclusion that reflects an accurate depiction of the hypothesis and outcome of the experiment.

2 Lesson 2 Work Page Review 06:17

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

3 Lesson 3: Making Observations the Scientific Way 11:49

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In this video the science lab instructor will present an object to the students. 

They will then walk together through the process of making scientific observations using their five senses. 

The students will be encouraged to explore detailed observation techniques through a guide student work page to walk through the observation process on an object they find in their home. 

The instructor will continue to point out the differences between observations and inferences throughout this unit.

3 Lesson 3 Work Page Review 09:24

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

4 Lesson 4: The States of Matter 11:41

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review what matter is and the ways that matter exists in the world.

Students will explore solids, liquids, and gases that are made of particles and take up space in the world.

The instructor will present multiple examples of matter that exists in each of the three states. 

The students will learn the definition of matter, mass, and each of the three states of matter.

4 Lesson 4 Work Page Review 08:29

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

5 Lesson 5: Experiment Changing Matter 12:41

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During this lesson video, the students will learn how matter changes from one state to another using heat energy.

Students will learn about adding heat (thermal) energy to an object (water) in order to change it from one state to another through a science experiment.

Vocabulary words taught during this lesson:

heat (thermal) energy

melting

freezing

condensing

solids

liquids

gases

water vapor

5 Lesson 5 Work Page Review 06:13

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

6 Lesson 6: STEM Project Matter Models 11:14

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During this lesson video, students will be challenged to build a model of matter in each state showing the particles that make up the matter.

Students will be given basic guidance and ideas for their STEM project; however, the project will remain open ended for the students to question, analyze, plan, and explore on their own.

Students will complete an experiment journal for creating their project models to record the steps and purpose behind the materials they used to represent each state of matter.

6 Lesson 6 Work Page Review 04:40

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

7 Lesson 7: Reviewing the Project Modeling Matter 14:43

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During this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present ways that the STEM science project could have been created. 

The students may have differences in their unique models; however, the main portions of the project should reflect the same depictions of the change in number and placement of the material used for the particles (molecules) making up the matter in each state.

The teacher will demonstrate possible solutions to the project and answer any foreseen questions with how to conduct this STEM experiment.

7 Lesson 7 Work Page Review 05:13

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

8 Lesson 8: Talking Like a Scientist 13:25

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During this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the vocabulary words being used throughout unit 1. 

The definitions for the words are included in the student work page vocabulary dictionary.

Students are expected to learn the vocabulary words and their uses through independent study.

The teacher will review the words in the unit lesson videos; however, this is the main video that will provide definitions and explanations for each of the words.

8 Lesson 8 Work Page Review 04:13

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

9 Lesson 9: Changing States 12:03

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During this lesson video, the students will review concepts of matter and explore through a science experiment how matter changes from one state to another using heat energy.

Students will learn about adding heat (thermal) energy to an object in order to change it from one state to another through a science experiment.

Vocabulary words taught during this lesson:

heat (thermal) energy

melting

freezing

condensing

solids

liquids

gases

water vapor

9 Lesson 9 Work Page Review 04:25

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

10 Lesson 10: Experiment Changing States of Matter 12:40

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During this lesson video, the students will review concepts of matter and explore through a science experiment how matter changes from one state to another using heat energy.

Students will continue to explore by adding heat (thermal) energy to an object in order to change it from one state to another through a science experiment.

Vocabulary words reviewed during this lesson:

heat (thermal) energy

melting

freezing

condensing

solids

liquids

gases

water vapor

10 Lesson 10 Work Page Review 06:22

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

11 Lesson 11: Review the Quiz and Answers 11:45

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In this lesson the teacher will review the quiz questions and explain the answers to the students by way of review. 

The students will demonstrate mastery of the new vocabulary words and scientific method as used in this unit.

The science lab instructor will explain the science test on the scientific method and why each correct choice was best for the context of the story problems listed.

11 Lesson 11 Work Page Review 04:52

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

Unit 2: Physical Science - Energy Transfer, Electricity, and Magnetism

12 Lesson 12: Talking Like a Scientist 16:56

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will introduce the vocabulary dictionary resource for the students.

The students will be shown how to use this reference tool to learn more about each of the scientific concepts in this unit as well as utilizing this resource to study for unit exams.

The science lab instructor will review the main vocabulary words used in this unit with the students and explain how to find out more about them in the unit resources.

Students will learn new vocabulary words, their meanings, and how to use them correctly when discussing scientific topics. 

The teacher will practice the vocabulary with the students and model how to use the words correctly during an investigation.

12 Lesson 12 Work Page Review 04:58

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

13 Lesson 13: Types of Energy 12:20

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will introduce the main types of energy.

Students will learn about light energy, sound energy, heat (thermal) energy, and kinetic energy.

The teacher will demonstrate forms of energy as things that move using a variety of household objects that utilize energy in each form.

The basic concept of transferring energy from one form to another will be introduced.

The students will be challenged to find household objects around their own homes that use each form of energy.

13 Lesson 13 Work Page Review 05:16

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

14 Lesson 14: Transfer of Energy 11:16

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the main forms of energy: light energy, sound energy, heat (thermal) energy, kinetic energy, and potential energy.

The students will learn how energy is changed from one form to another through the process of transformation.

Students will review the types of energy and study ways that energy can change by being transferred to another type of energy. 

They will study examples of energy being transferred and identify which energy is being changed and what type of energy it is becoming.

14 Lesson 14 Work Page Review 05:38

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

15 Lesson 15: Introducing Circuits 12:03

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present energy in the form of electric energy.

The instructor will explain the concept of electric energy moving (flowing) in an electrical current.

The students will learn that electric energy can only flow in a complete, unbroken circular path called a circuit.

Students will learn what a circuit consists of and what purpose it serves in the transfer of energy. 

They will explore engineering models of circuits and see how circuits are used in the world around them.

This lesson presents new vocabulary and practices those scientific terms in context.

15 Lesson 15 Work Page Review 05:42

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

16 Lesson 16: STEM Circuit Experiment 12:20

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will challenge the students with a STEM project to create their own working model circuits using basic household supplies.

The students will see a model of the project and the supplies needed for the experiment; however, the instructor will not explain how to construct the design to complete the experiment in detail. 

The students will utilize scientific thought, questioning, and analysis to discover how to finish the project model.

The students will be presented with a STEM project task involving constructing circuits. 

The students will form questions, create designs, conduct a plan, and reflect on the results of the experiment. 

The teacher will present the task to the students, but will leave the project open ended for the students to investigate.

Note: The following lesson video (Lesson 17) will go over possible constructions of the project and ways students could have completed this assignment.

16 Lesson 16 Work Page Review 05:50

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

17 Lesson 17: Reviewing the Circuit Experiment 10:21

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the STEM project experiment from Lesson 16 and the possible outcomes students may have had from completing the experiment.

The instructor will present the directions for the STEM project as well as a sample project.

Students will learn the answers to any predicted questions they may have about the project as well as additional ways to explore electrical circuits safely.

The teacher will present possible models and outcomes of the circuit project that the students completed in the previous lesson. 

The teacher will review the results, practice key vocabulary terms, and go over the answers to the questions on the student work page.

17 Lesson 17 Work Page Review 07:24

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

18 Lesson 18 Sound Energy 11:53

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will present the concepts of sound energy, sound waves, vibrations, and pitch.

The students will learn many ways that sound can be produced.

The instructor will demonstrate the structure of sound waves of high pitch and low pitch to the students using visual models.

The students will learn how all sounds are made through vibrations that send pulses of energy through the air which our ears recognize as sounds.

18 Lesson 18 Work Page Review 04:37

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

19 Lesson 19 STEM Experiment - Exploring Sound Energy Creating Sound 12:12

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the vocabulary words for sound (sound energy, sound waves, vibrations, pitch, and volume).

The instructor will demonstrate how the speed of the vibrations effects the sounds that are produced.

The students will explore vibrations causing sound energy. 

Students will work on a STEM project to create a musical instrument using vibrations to make and observe sound energy.

19 Lesson 19 Work Page Review 07:02

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

20 Lesson 20: STEM Insulator Experiment 10:36

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the concepts of transfer of energy.

The instructor will present the problem to the students about the transfer of heat energy into something frozen causing it to melt.

The students will be presented with a STEM project task involving insulators (creating an effective insulator).

The students will form questions, create designs, conduct a plan, and reflect on the results of the experiment.

The teacher will present the task to the students, but will leave the project open ended for the students to investigate.

20 Lesson 20 Work Page Review 07:54

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

21 Lesson 21: Review Insulator Experiment 10:19

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the transfer of energy concepts.

The instructor will present the criteria for the STEM project model creating an insulator to stop the flow of heat energy.

The teacher will present possible models and outcomes of the insulator project that the students completed in the previous lesson.

The teacher will review the results, practice key vocabulary terms, and go over the answers to the questions on the student work page.

21 Lesson 21 Work Page Review 05:27

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

22 Lesson 22: Electrifying Review 10:04

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The teacher will review key vocabulary and terms with the students from this unit to prepare them for the unit test. 

The teacher will review the experiments and lessons from this unit to refresh the vocabulary and key concepts.

Students will complete the written unit test on physical science.

Note:  The written test will be on topics from both physical science units.  The test should be completed before students watch the next lesson video (Lesson 23).  The answers to the test questions will be reviewed during the next lesson video.

22 Lesson 22 Work Page Review 09:55

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

23 Lesson 23: Reviewing the Test on Unit 2 14:01

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The teacher will review key vocabulary and terms with the students from this unit to review the unit test. 

The teacher will review the experiments and lessons from this unit to refresh the vocabulary and key concepts.

Students will check the written unit test on physical science.

The teacher will address any possible misconceptions or difficult concepts during this review.

Note:  The written test will be on topics from both physical science units.  The test should be completed before students watch this lesson video (Lesson 23).  The answers to the test questions will be reviewed during this lesson video.

23 Lesson 23 Work Page Review 05:37

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

24 Lesson 24: Reviewing Experiments from Unit 1 and 2 10:36

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This lesson links the two physical science units together to explain how the parts of science are interconnected. 

The student will link the concepts from the previous unit about matter and its ability to change to forms of energy that matter uses in order to change.

The science lab instructor will review the concepts of magnetism, polarity, strength, attraction, and repulsion.

24 Lesson 24 Work Page Review 05:06

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

Unit 3: Earth Science - Earth's Materials and Processes

25 Lesson 25: Talking Like a Scientist 10:36

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The science lab instructor will introduce the new vocabulary for unit 3.

The students will explore their new vocabulary dictionary resource for unit 3.

The stuudents will lern how to read scientific charts to find information.

Students will learn new vocabulary words, their meanings, and how to use them correctly when discussing scientific topics.

The teacher will practice the vocabulary with the students and model how to use the words correctly during an investigation.

25 Lesson 25 Work Page Review 04:47

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

26 Lesson 26: Types of Rocks - Sedimentary 10:43

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the three main classifications of rocks.

Students will learn examples of sedimentary rocks, their structure, and how they are formed using visual models and samples of sedimentary rocks.

Students will explore the formation of sedimentary rocks. 

They will study examples of rocks that are of this type and compare the properties that these rocks have in common. 

They will use scientific terms and vocabulary to relate to others their observations about this classification of rocks.

26 Lesson 26 Work Page Review 05:41

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

27 Lesson 27: Experiment - Making a Sedimentary Rock 09:09

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In this video, the science lab instructor will review the types of rocks.

The instructor will remind students of how sedimentary rocks are formed and materials that may be used to represent the sediment deposits in nature.

Students will create a model of their own that is formed the way a sedimentary rock is formed. 

They will discuss attributes and properties of sedimentary rocks that their model has. 

They will use the scientific process in order to create and describe their STEM project.

27 Lesson 27 Work Page Review 05:38

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

28 Lesson 28: Types of Rocks - Igneous 09:39

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the three main types of rocks.

Students will learn about the characteristics and properties of rocks formed from molten rock (lava or magma).

The instructor will present real igneous rock samples, models, and visual aids while introducing igneous rocks.

Students will explore the formation of igneous rocks. 

They will study examples of rocks that are of this type and compare the properties that these rocks have in common. 

They will use scientific terms and vocabulary to relate to others their observations about this classification of rocks.

28 Lesson 28 Work Page Review 04:52

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

29 Lesson 29: Experiment - Making an Igneous Rock 10:00

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In this video, the science lab instructor will review the types of rocks.

The instructor will remind students of how igneous rocks are formed and materials that may be used to represent the molten rocks and minerals in nature.

Students will create a model of their own that is formed the way an igneous rock is formed. 

They will discuss attributes and properties of igneous rocks that their model has. 

They will use the scientific process in order to create and describe their STEM project.

29 Lesson 29 Work Page Review 05:49

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

30 Lesson 30: Types of Rocks - Metamorphic 10:31

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the three main types of rocks.

Students will learn about the characteristics and properties of rocks formed from heat and pressure causing changes to existing rocks.

The instructor will present real metamorphic rock samples, models, and visual aids while introducing metamorphic rocks.

Students will explore the formation of metamorphic rocks. 

They will study examples of rocks that are of this type and compare the properties that these rocks have in common. 

They will use scientific terms and vocabulary to relate to others their observations about this classification of rocks.

30 Lesson 30 Work Page Review 04:54

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

31 Lesson 31: Experiment - Making a Metamorphic Rock 12:09

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In this video, the science lab instructor will review the types of rocks.

The instructor will remind students of how metamorphic rocks are formed and materials that may be used to represent these rocks and the minerals that form them in nature.

Students will create a model of their own that is formed the way a metamorphic rock is formed. 

They will discuss attributes and properties of metamorphic rocks that their model exhibits. 

They will use the scientific process in order to create and describe their STEM project.

31 Lesson 31 Work Page Review 07:09

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

32 Lesson 32: Types of Soil 10:27

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present models of the four main classifications of soil: humus, sand, silt, and clay.

The instructor will discuss the individual composition, properties, and uses of the main types of soil using real models and samples of each type of soil.

Students will explore the four main types of soil. 

They will identify and classify soil types based on their properties and uses.

32 Lesson 32 Work Page Review 06:33

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

33 Lesson 33: Earth’s Resources 09:42

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present materials that are useful on Earth to be used as a source of energy.

The students will learn the differences between types of fuels including fossil fuels.

Students will discover alternative energy sources that are renewable on Earth as well as energy sources that are nonrenewable.

Students will explore the vocabulary terms renewable and nonrenewable resources on Earth. 

They will discover ways to conserve resources and make good choices that will help to preserve the materials available.

33 Lesson 33 Work Page Review 07:13

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

34 Lesson 34: Types of Minerals 13:17

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present minerals as the building blocks of rocks.

Students will discover how minerals have distinct properties from one another.

The science lab instructor will review sample minerals and their individual properties using a mineral identification chart from the vocabulary dictionary resource.

The instructor will demonstrate the scientific tests used to identify the properties of minerals.

Students will explore the properties of minerals and the way that scientists classify minerals. 

They will explore with minerals from a variety of sources to discover usefulness and availability of Earth’s minerals.

34 Lesson 34 Work Page Review 05:49

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

35 Lesson 35: Observing Minerals and Crystals 10:31

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will present the ways that minerals form by exploring the individual crystal structures within minerals.

The instructor will demonstrate crystals with samples and visual aids. 

The students will explore with a STEM project watching change over time as halite (salt) crystals gradually form during a four week experiment.

Students will practice making scientific observations to identify minerals based on their individual properties. 

Students will grow crystals of their own during an experiment to explore the way crystals form to create mineral deposits naturally.

35 Lesson 35 Work Page Review 06:01

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

36 Lesson 36: STEM Erosion Experiment Rivers on Sand 10:06

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will present changes to Earth's surface caused by erosion from wind and water. 

The instructor will model an example of changes farmers make to a field in the patterns of plowing trenches to route water and limit the erosion of soil through a water experiment.

Students will create a STEM project to explore paths and patterns to route water to limit erosion in fields for farmers.

Students will discover the things that can cause change on Earth’s surface. 

They will discover how erosion from rivers and streams breaks down and wears away the surface of the Earth and deposit those pieces in new places to create new land forms.

36 Lesson 36 Work Page Review 06:18

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

37 Lesson 37: STEM Erosion Experiment Ocean Washing Houses 09:10

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will demonstrate how erosion caused by ocean tides and waves can create devastation to the areas on the beach front.

The instructor will model an experiment exploring what happens to a home or lighthouse built on the ocean front as the ocean tides and waves erode the soil.

The students will create a STEM model of a home and ocean to explore the changes that happen to the land and formulating strategies to preserve the land that remains on the shore line.

Students will discover the things that can cause change on Earth’s surface. 

They will discover how erosion from ocean tides breaks down and wears away the surface of the Earth and deposit those pieces in new places to create new land forms.

37 Lesson 37 Work Page Review 06:54

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

38 Lesson 38: Unit 3 Earth Science Review 10:07

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The teacher will review key vocabulary and terms with the students from this unit to prepare them for the unit test. 

The teacher will review the experiments and lessons from this unit to refresh the vocabulary and key concepts.

Students will complete the written unit test on earth science.

Note:  The written test will be on topics from the earth science unit.  The test should be completed before students watch the next lesson video (Lesson 39).  The answers to the test questions will be reviewed during the next lesson video.

38 Lesson 38 Work Page Review 05:39

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

39 Lesson 39: Go Over the Unit 3 Test 07:27

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The teacher will review key vocabulary and terms with the students from this unit to review the unit test. 

The teacher will review the experiments and lessons from this unit to refresh the vocabulary and key concepts.

Students will check the written unit test on earth science.

The teacher will address any possible misconceptions or difficult concepts during this review.

Note:  The written test will be on topics from the earth science unit.  The test should be completed before students watch this lesson video (Lesson 39).  The answers to the test questions will be reviewed during this lesson video.

39 Lesson 39 Work Page Review 04:04

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

Unit 4: Life Science - Environments and Habitats

40 Lesson 40: Unit 4 Vocabulary Talking Like a Scientist 10:25

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will introduce the new vocabulary terms for unit 4. 

The students will learn the key terms for concepts related to Life Science such as:

  • Food Chain
  • Producer
  • Consumer
  • Decomposer
  • Carnivore
  • Herbivore
  • Omnivore
  • Environment
  • Adaptation
  • And More!

Students will become familiar with the terms and practice using them correctly in scientific investigations and models.

The science lab instructor will utilize these terms throughout the unit 4 lesson videos with additional practice and models.

40 Lesson 40 Work Page Review 04:55

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

41 Lesson 41: Food Chain 09:01

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will review the interconnected parts of the food chain.

Students will explore producers, consumers, and decomposers through models.

The students will identify food chain interactions between organisms. 

They will identify parts of the food chain that are the producer, predator, and prey.

41 Lesson 41 Work Page Review 05:24

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

42 Lesson 42: STEM Food Chain Model 10:30

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide students in creating their own models to represent the parts of the food chain in a 3D model.

Students will create their own model of producers, consumers, and decomposers through models. 

The students will create their own models of organisms and the food chain interactions between those organisms. 

They will identify parts of the food chain that are the producer, predator, and prey.

42 Lesson 42 Work Page Review 06:04

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

43 Lesson 43: Adaptations in Plants and Animals 12:32

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the interactions between organisms in a larger area with interconnected habitats.

The teacher will review the interactions between organisms within an environment. 

Students will discover adaptations that plants and animals have which helps them to survive. 

Students will see models of adaptations and compare the changes within animals to help them through: protection, gathering food, locomotion, and moderating temperature.

43 Lesson 43 Work Page Review 05:57

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

44 Lesson 44: Habitats 14:32

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the primary needs of all organisms: food, shelter, water, and air.

The students will explore distinct characteristics of different habitats and the organisms that live in each. 

They will focus on adaptations that enable organisms to thrive in each habitat.

44 Lesson 44 Work Page Review 05:45

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

45 Lesson 45: Interconnected Parts - Ecosystems 08:25

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will demonstrate how many habitats exist together to form interdependent communities called Ecosystems.

Students will create a model of interdependent organisms and habitats that are a part of an Ecosystem. 

They will demonstrate how organisms within an Ecosystem depend on each other to survive.

45 Lesson 45 Work Page Review 05:30

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

46 Lesson 46: Metamorphosis (Life Cycles) 11:44

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will demonstrate the stages of the life cycle of two organisms that develop through metamorphosis.

Students will learn how some animals and insects change through a process called metamorphosis from hatching through adulthood. 

Students will identify the various stages of the metamorphic process for butterflies and frogs.

46 Lesson 46 Work Page Review 04:15

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

47 Lesson 47: Changes in Environment Affect the Ecosystem 08:55

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will present many changes that occur within an Ecosystem through natural disasters.

Students will explore how natural changes affect the environment of an Ecosystem. 

Natural disasters such as a flood, fire, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, or drought will be discussed as factors that cause changes to Ecosystems.

They will discuss positive and negative changes that occur naturally with environmental changes.

47 Lesson 47 Work Page Review 05:04

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

48 Lesson 48: Experiment Plants with Water Sunlight and Soil 08:49

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will guide the students through an experiment to find out what happens to living organisms when one of their primary needs (sunlight for making food) is taken away for a time.

The students will experiment with changes in a natural environment due to flooding, landslides, and droughts. 

They will discuss positive and negative changes that occur with environmental changes that remove the primary needs of living things within that Ecosystem.

48 Lesson 48 Work Page Review 10:02

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

49 Lesson 49: Humans Changing the Environment 13:40

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will present many of the changes to natural environments and Ecosystems that are caused by human sources.

Students will explore how human actions affect the environment of an Ecosystem. 

They will discuss positive and negative changes that occur when humans cause environmental changes.

49 Lesson 49 Work Page Review 05:02

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

50 Lesson 50: Recycling 09:57

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In this video lesson, the science lab instructor will present the need for artificial materials to be reused to conserve natural resources, eliminate waste, and preserve the environment for generations to come.

Students will explore how human actions affect the environment of an Ecosystem. 

They will discuss positive behavioral changes that will enable humans to protect the environment and limit the negative impact of humans on an Ecosystem.

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

51 Lesson 51: Review Unit 4 and Prepare for Test 13:55

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the concepts and vocabulary words that have been introduced throughout this unit.

The teacher will review the unit on Life Science and the scientific vocabulary words used to prepare students for a paper exam on unit 4.

The answers to the exam will be reviewed in the lesson 52 video.

51 Lesson 51 Work Page Review 04:25

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the concepts and vocabulary words that have been introduced throughout this unit.

The teacher will review the unit on Life Science and the scientific vocabulary words used to prepare students for a paper exam on unit 4.

The answers to the exam will be reviewed in the lesson 52 video.

52 Lesson 52: Review the Test on Unit 4 10:27

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the concepts and vocabulary words that have been introduced throughout this unit.

The teacher will review the unit on Life Science and the scientific vocabulary words used to prepare students for a paper exam on unit 4.

The answers to the exam will be reviewed in this lesson video.

The teacher will go over the test questions with the students to ensure student mastery of the scientific concepts.

52 Lesson 52 Work Page Review 05:58

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The science lab instructor will review the student work pages and explain possible solutions to the activities on the student work pages.

The instructor will present many possible answers to open ended questions and explain how to keep a daily science journal about the lesson.

53 Lesson 53: Review the Course 08:18

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In this lesson video, the science lab instructor will review the entire course as a final review for student mastery.

The teacher will review physical science, earth science, and life science concepts that were taught throughout the course to reinforce student memory and mastery of concepts.

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In this video, the science lab instructor will review the course and present information about other courses available from the same instructor.

The teacher will review ways to strengthen students scientific communication skills by presenting a creative writing course that is also available on Lernsys for students in this age range.

Course Goals:

This complete science course for elementary students 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. This is a complete year's worth of science curriculum.

 

Course Units:

  • Physical Science: Properties and Changes in Matter
  • Physical Science: Energy Transfer, Electricity and Magnetism
  • Earth Science: Earth’s Materials and Processes
  • Life Science: Environments and Habitats

 

Course Includes:

  • 53 video lessons and corresponding work sheet review videos (106 videos)
  • Over 14 hours of science lab instruction videos
  • More than 20 hands on STEM experiments
  • Student response vocabulary work pages 
  • Student science journaling pages
  • 4 Unit Tests and Answer Keys
  • 7 Online Progress Check Quizzes

 

Target Audience:

This course is created based on learning standards for students in the third through fifth grades. Actual ages and grades of students enrolling in the course will vary at the discretion of the parents and guardians enrolling them.

 

Core Science Standards Taught:

  • Physical Science – Properties and Changes in Matter:

o   3.P.2A –Matter exists in several different states and is classified based on observable and measurable properties. Matter can be changed from one state to another when heat (thermal energy) is added or removed.

  • Physical Science – Electricity and Magnetism:

o   3.P.3A. –Energy can be transferred from place to place by electric currents. Electric currents flowing through a simple circuit can be used to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. Some materials allow electricity to flow through a circuit and some do not.

o   3.P.3B. –Magnets can exert forces on other magnets or magnetizable materials causing energy transfer between them, even when the objects are not touching. An electromagnet is produced when an electric current passes through a coil of wire wrapped around an iron core. Magnets and electromagnets have unique properties

  • Earth Science:

o   3.E.4A –Earth is made of materials (including rocks, minerals, soil, and water) that have distinct properties. These materials provide resources for human activities.

o   3.E.4B –Earth’s surface has changed over time by natural processes and by human activities. Humans can take steps to reduce the impact of these changes.

  • Life Science:

o   3.L.5A –The characteristics of an environment (including physical characteristics, temperature, availability of resources, or the kinds and numbers of organisms present) influence the diversity of organisms that live there. Organisms can survive only in environments where their basic needs are met. All organisms need energy to live and grow. This energy is obtained from food. The role an organism serves in an ecosystem can be described by the way in which it gets its energy.

o   3.L.5.B –When the environment or habitat changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, and some die. Fossils can be used to infer characteristics of environments from long ago.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to have mastered basic science concepts to a second grade level before beginning this course. Students should have a cognitive ability to analyze concepts on an elementary level, make observations about the world around them, and communicate in written sentences with ease.

  • 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

Earth Science Exam Answer Key

Earth Science Exam Answer Key

Units 1 and 2 Physical Science Exam KEY v2

Units 1 and 2 Physical Science Exam KEY v2

Life Science Test Answer Key

Life Science Test Answer Key

Course Overview and Parent Packet

This resource provides an overview of the course content, shares the academic standards taught in this course, contains a sample grade book, provides a daily lesson plan guide, and awards a certificate of completion.

Resources include:

Parent Packet (including overview, standards, gradebook, and more!)

Daily Lesson Plan Guide

Certificate of Completion

Answer Keys to Student Unit Exams and Quizzes

This resource contains the answer keys to the unit 1 test and quiz and the 3 exams on Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science. 

The 7 online progress quizzes are graded automatically.

Enrichment Lessons

This resource compiles many STEM hands on lessons and activities from a variety of sources including AIMS Science Foundation and NASA.  Use these lessons as part of your science curriculum to extend the content and add enrichment experiments to this program.

Includes 12 additional complete compiled lesson plan packets and student pages.

Additional Student Activity Pages

This resource contains additional blank copies of the pages students will need to conduct exploration experiments on their own.

This packet includes:

Science Safety Rules

Mass Measurement Activity Chart

5 Senses Observation Chart

Experiment Journal Pages

Vocabulary Dictionary Packets for Each Unit

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