Science is amazing! This year you will learn about sound and about rocks found on the Earth’s surface. You will test and evaluate building materials and apply problem-solving strategies to build structures for a specific classroom challenge. As a curious scientist you will also study the life cycles and needs of animals. You're gonna love it! To deepen your understanding on the concepts, please check out the tons of non fiction books in our classroom library and visit the following sites. Most importantly ... have fun!
- National Geographic for Kids
- Animals Enchanted Learning
- Endangered Animals Exhibit, The American Museum of Natural History
- Kids Biology
Animal Life Cycles
You will learn about the growth and development of animals and discover that different animals have different life cycles. By observing the life cycle of one small animal from its earliest stage to adulthood, you will acquire a reference point for the study of other animals and come to appreciate all living things. You will also learn that the egg, larva, pupa and adult stages that are characteristic of many insects represent a different life story from that of the egg, young, adult life cycle that is common to most vertebrate animals. In studying these animals, you learn about the changes in the needs of the young as they grow and develop and about the changing relationship between these animals and their environments.
To further enhance your understanding please check out the non-fiction books on life cycles in our classroom library and visit the following sites.
- Eco Kids: Chain Reaction
- Birds of Prey Videos
- Paper Wings
- Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly
- Butterfly Life Cycle Game
- Professor Garfield: Animal Life Cycles
- Life Cycles Movie
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly
- Butterfly Life Cycle
- Who Pooped at the Farm
- Kid Wings: Virtual Pellet Dissection
- Do You Know What I'm Saying
- Learn your Place
- Hoot: Buid an Online Habitat
- Eco Kids: Artic Animal Adaptation Quiz
- TED: Phenology and Nature's Shifting
- DK Find Out!
Rocks and Minerals
In this unit you will learn about materials found on Earth's surface - rocks, minerals and soil. By closely examining sample rocks, you will discover similarities and differences and explore these, using simple tests and tools. As well, you will learn that each kind of rock has a set of characteristics and that these characteristics can be used in classifying and identifying rocks. In studies of soil, you discover that the component materials include rock fragments and remains of living things, and that different soils have different compositions.
To further enhance your understanding on rocks and minerals, please check out the non-fiction books in our classroom library and visit the following sites.
- Rock Cycle
- Sedimentary, My Dear Watson
- Minerals in Your House
- National Geographic: Crystal Palace
- Discover Simulations - The solid earth
- Discover Simulations - Treasures from Earth
- Igneous Rock Formation
- Soil Horizons
- Beach Rocks
- Rocks and Soils
- Rock Cycle
- Mineral Mix and Match
- Rockin' Rock Grower
- How We Use Minerals
- Strange Matter: A Rock is Not Boring
Testing Materials and Design
In this amazing hands on unit, you will study the materials and designs used in construction tasks. You will compare paper, clay, cardboard, styrofoam or other available materials to see which are the strongest-which ones resist bending, crushing or tearing-and which are most easily shaped and joined. They test different shapes and thicknesses to find out what makes a structure strong and stable and to find out how much material is needed. Throughout the topic, students learn that many things are considered when materials and designs are selected and that different tasks may require different materials and designs.
To further enhance your understanding on this topic please check out the non-fiction books in our classroom library and visit the following sites.
- Power Shoot Out
- Mission Materials Game
- NOVA: Build a Bridge
- Dr. Ben Senburner's Lab
- Push and Pull
- Sorting and Using Materials
- Characteristics of Materials
- Changing and Grouping Materials
Hearing and Sound
You will explore the nature of sound, its sources, its qualities and what it is. You learn that sound is vibration and that changes in vibration can affect the loudness, pitch and quality of sound. You also learn about sound travel by studying what things carry sound, what things make it louder or softer, and what happens to sound when it reaches your ears. A huge part of this unit is being mindful of how you can damage you ears. To compliment this unit, Farm Safety visits our classroom and demonstrates how loud everyday noises are and what we can do to protect our ears from harm.
For further study, check out the following sites.
- Wonderviille: How We Hear
- Sound Patterns
- Ocean Odyssey
- Place Matters
- The Interactive Ear
- A Journey into the Ear
- The Brain and Senses - The Brain
- The Brain and Senses - Hearing
- Dangerous Decibles: Virtual Exhibit
- How Do You Hear?
- Sound and Hearing
- Changing Sound
- Parts of the Ear
- Listen: Making Sense of Sound