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Science Lab - Overview

Lalitha Srinivasan lsrinivasan@fusdk12.net

                                                                      Science 2021-2022

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       Science Curriculum for Grades 4, 5 and 6;

           Grade 4 –December, 2021-March, 2022

         

      Fourth grade students have completed  the NGSS unit on “Body Senses and the Brain”. They explored the functions of , ‘Muscles & Skeleton’, ‘Eyes & Vision’, and ‘Brain & Nerves’ by doing a series of experiments and lessons.

        Fourth graders also explored the NGSS unit on Forces and Energy. They did a lot of exciting experiments by making Roller coasters, Cars, and chain reaction machines. They have started learning about electricty and electrical circuits. After completing the unit on electricity they will learn about Sound, waves and communication followed by rapid and slow changes on Earth.

Lessons- Electrical Emergy, How do charges behave?, Series & Parallel Circuits, How is Electricity used?

Sound Vibrations, Sound waves & wavelength.

Rock Cycle, Volcanoes & Earthquakes.

 

Grade 5- December,2021- March ,2022

         Fifth grade students learned about water in the oceans, rivers, lakes and the ways to get fresh water from salt water. They also explored the water cycle, ocean effect and weather by doing activities such as "rate of melting of ice", “Water cycle model",  "Heating up sand & water", "Weather measurements and predictions.

        Fifth graders have started learning about solar system.They are doing exciting activities to learn about "Earth's spin-day, night", "The first clock", "Constellations" and "Gravity". After this unit they will start exploring the physical science part of the curriculum (chapters 8 through 10 and online lessons).

          We are going through NGSS transition and therefore we will be exploring new activities and lessons from NGSS curriculum.

        Fifth grade students will have CAST testing in April-May, 2022.

 

Lessons- Earth's Rotation, First Clock, Seasonal changes, Constellations, Planets, Comets, Gravity.

Elements, Periodic table, Chemical Reactions, Acid & Bases.

       

Grade-6, December 2021-March 2022

        Sixth grade students have a new NGSS based curriculum this year (Amplify). They  learned about Microbiome unit. They did a combination of experiments, computer simulations and lessons to learn about Microbiomes and their roles.

     After completing the Microbiomes unit they have started exploring the Metabolism unit. In this unit they are learning about various human body systems and their functions. They are learning about  respiratory system, digestive, circulatory and systems, and also some of the diseases related to the body systems by doing a variety of experiments, simulations and lessons.

     After completing the Metabolism unit they will be studying the Traits and Reproduction followed by Thermal Energy Units.

Homework- Login to Clever and look for notifications in Amplify.