Week 1 : Earth-Space Science - Time for Science
This issue introduces students to Science Studies Weekly. Students will learn that everyone can do science and that working with others can be helpful. They will also discuss how scientists can learn by observing and by investigating.
Week 2 : Earth-Space Science - Science Tools
Students will learn about some common science tools and discuss scientific investigations. They will also learn that it is important to describe things accurately and to compare observations with others.
Week 3 : Earth-Space Science - Science Safety
Students will learn about the importance of safety in the science lab. They will discuss some safety equipment and learn some basic rules for staying safe when doing investigations and making observations.
Week 4 : Earth-Space Science - Earth
Students will identify rocks, soil and water as the basic materials that make up Earth. Students will learn that rocks and other things on Earth come in many different sizes. They will also learn that people and animals can change their environments.
Week 5 : Earth-Space Science - Water
Students will be introduced to the Earth’s waterways—oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds, etc. They will learn about some of the plants and animals that live in water habitats.
Week 6 : Earth-Space Science - Weather
Students will explore the types of weather that happen on Earth. They will compare weather patterns from season to season and learn about how seasons affect plants and animals. They will also learn about safety procedures to follow during severe weather conditions.
Week 7 : Earth-Space Science - Space
Students will learn about day and night and the objects we can see in the sky at different times. They will also learn that we need a telescope to see some things in space. They will expand their knowledge that the way the moon looks follows a pattern.
Week 8 : Earth-Space Science - The Sun
Students will learn that the sun provides light and heat for the Earth. They will explore how the rotation of the Earth is responsible for sunrise and sunset. They will learn how the sun causes shadows on the Earth.
Week 1 : Life Science - Living Things
Students will distinguish between living and non-living things. They will understand the basic needs of all living things—food, water, air and space. They expand their knowledge that living things are alike in some ways and different in others.
Week 2 : Life Science - Plants
Students will understand that many different kinds of plants live in different environments on Earth. They will identify the parts of plants—roots, stem, leaves and flowers—and learn about the functions of each part.
Week 3 : Life Science - Animals
Students will learn about different systems that help animals get what they need to survive. They will also learn that animals use plants and other animals for food. They will recognize similarities and differences in animals and their parents.
Week 4 : Life Science - Our Bodies
Students will understand that people have different systems that perform different functions—movement, digestion, respiration, etc.—and will recognize the parts of the body that are associated with some of those systems. They will recognize that there are similarities and differences between children and their parents.
Week 5 : Life Science - Living Things Grow
Students will learn that living things need energy to grow and that they change as they grow. They will also learn that living things produce offspring.
Week 6 : Life Science - Be Healthy
Students will learn that exercise helps us stay healthy. They will learn about foods that we should eat often and foods that we should eat only occasionally. They will also understand that doctors, nurses and medicines help us when we are sick.
Week 7 : Life Science - Families
Students will learn that children are very similar to their parents but not exactly like them.They will understand that plants and animals depend on each other. They will also learn some ways that human and animal parents take care of their young.
Week 8 : Life Science - Homes
Students will learn about different habitats on Earth that plants and animals call home. They will understand that some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth are no longer alive but are similar to some living things that are.
Week 9 : Life Science - Share the Earth
Students will understand that people need to use resources carefully, so that they don't run out.They will also learn that some living things are in danger of becoming extinct and need to be protected.
Week 10 : Life Science - Technology
Students will explore how technology can help make people's lives better. They will learn about tools that help us do work and understand that people can work alone or in groups to find new ways to solve problems.
Week 1 : Physical Science - What Are Things Made Of?
Students will explore the idea that objects can be described by the materials they are made of and that many things are made of smaller parts. They will learn that materials can exist in different states and understand the difference between solids and liquids.
Week 2 : Physical Science - Things Can Change
Students will learn that people can change some properties of matter by doing something to them, e.g., cutting, heating, freezing, etc. They will also learn that materials respond in different ways when people try to change them. Students will be able to describe changes in size, shape, color, etc. and note what properties stay the same.
Week 3 : Physical Science - Energy
Students will explore how matter and energy interact. They will learn that heat can be produced in different ways and that all living things need energy that comes from food. Students will also learn that light passes through some objects but not others.
Week 4 : Physical Science - Move It
Students will discuss how things move—in a straight line, back and forth, fast, slowly, etc. They will learn that pushing or pulling can change how things are moving.
Week 5 : Physical Science - Forces
Students will continue to explore the relationship of force and motion. They will learn about natural forces like gravity and magnets.
Week 6 : Physical Science - Models and Systems
Students will learn that most things are made of parts that work together and that things may not work if parts are missing. They will understand that, put together, parts can do things they couldn’t do separately.