Chemistry in Our World
In Chemistry in Our World, students will investigate properties of matter. Some matter is too small to be seen so students will demonstrate how they could be modeled. Students will mix substances to determine any property changes including conservation of mass or the formation of a new substance. With this information, students will be challenged to notice patterns in the properties of mystery substances to identify the substances. Then they will be challenged to separate a mixture based on the properties of the mixed substances.
In Earth Systems, students will be learning about the Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere/lithosphere and hydrosphere and how all three interact to support the biosphere and other processes on earth. Students will gain an understanding of how the water cycle is influenced by the atmosphere and geosphere and thus influences weather and climate, and thus determines the biosphere patterns of living organism populations around the world.
In Space Systems, students will examine the relationships between the Earth, Moon and stars, including the Sun. Students will notice daily, nightly, monthly, and yearly patterns and create models and simulations to understand the causes of those patterns.
The Energy of Life
In The Energy of Life, students will have the opportunity to observe, first hand, the energy that flows through an ecosystem from sunlight, to plants, to consumers, and finally decomposers. Students will examine photosynthesis, respiration, the carbon cycle and food webs. A classroom leopard gecko along with mealworms and crickets to is an option to support these concepts.