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States of Water

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Students will compare the three states of water (liquid, solid, gas) and understand how water transforms from one state to another (the water cycle).

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The flow of Energy and Matter through an Ecosystem

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Students will identify and understand the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers in food webs, as well as the energy and biomass pyramids used to represent these relationships and the flow of energy and matter through an ecosystem.

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Mass and Volume

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Students will: understand the concepts of mass and volume, and how they are measured, learn about the Law of Conservation of Mass, learn about Archimedes’s displacement method, distinguish between mass and weight, be introduced to the concept of density.

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Simple Machines

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Identify the type of simple machine.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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Students will: explore and understand why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle materials, explore the effects of pollution on Earth and living organisms, identify ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials in their everyday lives.

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Traits in our Classroom

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Students will understand how various traits can be passed from parent to offspring.

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Magnets

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Students will recognize magnets and learn to describe the poles, properties and uses of magnets.

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Hurricanes

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Students will understand how hurricanes form, understand when and where hurricanes occur in the world, understand the scale that is used to measure hurricanes.

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Properties of Light

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Students will: understand that light has a source, travels in a direction, can be blocked to make shadows, and reflect off mirrors and other surfaces, objects are seen when light travels from an object into the eye.

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What comes from what?

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Help students to reinforce their understanding of certain scientific processes.

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Electromagnets

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Students will: discover how to create electromagnets, how the strength of an electromagnet can be altered by changing elements such as the number of coils or the strength of the electric current, recognize how electromagnets differ from permanent magnets.

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Buoyancy

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Students will: define buoyancy, explore the concepts behind Archimedes’ principle, investigate how and why the shape of an object can determine whether it floats or sinks.

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Energy and Work

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Students will understand that energy has the ability to cause motion or to create change and that work is done when an object moves a distance or when something undergoes a chemical change.

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Ways an Object Will Move

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Students will: understand the different ways an object can move (e.g., side to side, back and forth, zigzag, straight line, round and round), understand that motion is the result of a force, understand that a force is a push or a pull.

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Static Electricity

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Students will: understand the nature of static electricity, understand that static electricity is caused by positive and negative charges, understand that “like” charges repel and “unlike” charges attract each other.

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The Gas Laws

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Students will: explore the relationship between temperature, pressure and volume in gases, investigate and understand Charles’ Law and Boyle’s Law.

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