The science curriculum rotates on a 3 year cycle.
Students will be introduced to the living world of plants and animals. We will use observations of the living world to identify and discuss living organisms. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the living world through a variety of projects including a leaf collection, seed growth, owl pellet, and fish dissection. The students will be participating in a science expo where they will implement the scientific method for their project.
We will begin the year learning the 5 kingdoms of classification for living organisms. Students will discuss the characteristics of the different kingdoms and how to classify living organisms into their proper kingdom. Students will be able to label living organisms through the use of taxonomy.
Students will examine plants through a study of their functions in the living world. We will study photosynthesis, plant anatomy, and plant reproduction. We will examine plants through observation of seed growth, flower dissection, and leaf collection.
Students will examine animals through study of major classes of the animal kingdom. They will examine these classes through discussions of the characteristics of how these animals are classified. We will discuss how the characteristics of the animals are similar and dissimilar. The study of the food chain is used to examine the different functions of animals in their habitat. Projects we will use in our study of animals are a spider collection, owl pellet dissection, and a fish dissection.
Students will be learning the systems of the human body. They will be comparing and contrasting the systems of the human body with those of animals in the major classes. We will conduct a pickle dissection to practice techniques used for dissection. We will be learning how heredity functions through the process of how traits are passed from parents to children.
Students will be introduced to cellular biology. They will be studying the parts and functions of cells, different types of cells, and cell life cycle. We will be using a microscope to examine different types of cells and one-celled animals.