- Steps of The Scientific Method
- Water Unit
• The water cycle is ongoing and is powered by the sun. Water circulates through the Earth's crust and
atmosphere as part of the water cycle.
• Water can exist in three states of matter: solid, liquid, gas.
• Clouds are formed when condensation occurs in the atmosphere.
• When liquid water evaporates, it turns into a gas in the air and if cooled can reappear as a liquid or a solid. Demonstrate how water changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water vapor/steam) and changes from gas to liquid to solid.
• Identify the temperatures at which water becomes a solid and at which water becomes a gas.
• Investigate how clouds are formed.
• Explain the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation).
Investigate different forms of precipitation and sky conditions (rain, snow, sleet, hail, clouds, and fog).
- Weather Unit
How does the weather reporter know what the weather will be tomorrow?
• Identify weather instruments and explain how each is used in gathering weather data and making forecasts
(thermometer, rain gauge, barometer, wind vane, anemometer).
• Using a weather map, identify the fronts, temperature, and precipitation and use the information to interpret the weather conditions.
• Use observations and records of weather conditions to predict weather patterns throughout the year.
• Differentiate Between Weather and Climate
Students will be able to…
Recognize the physical attributes of stars in the night sky such as number, size, color, and patterns.
Compare the similarities and differences of planets to the stars in appearance, position, and number in the night sky.
Explain why the pattern of stars in a constellation stays the same, but a planet can be seen in different locations at different times.
Identify how technology is used to observe distant objects in the sky.
Students will model the position and motion of the earth in the solar system and will explain the role of relative position and motion in determining sequence of the phases of the moon.
Explain the day/night cycle of the earth using a model.
Explain the sequence of the phases of the moon.
Demonstrate the revolution of the earth around the sun and the earth's tilt to explain the seasonal changes.
Demonstrate the relative size and order from the sun of the planets in the solar system.
We are finishing up our fire safety unit and moving on to our space unit. The students are already excited for Space Day on November 15th!
We will be learning about the following…
Water Test on September 14th – Study guide has been provided in addition to lessons in Science Interactive Notebook