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Upper Elementary Science Overview

Would you like your student to have a fun year of Science based on the all the Science disciplines including Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, Meterology, and Life Science?  Then this class is for you!  We will do Science experiments and fieldtrips to make Science come to life.  Come have some Science Fun with us!

In this activity-driven, year-long class, we will break down the areas of science and give a bird’s eye-view of all the different areas as a review before doing high school work. Through experiential learning, we will examine the concepts and the applications of sciences in the real world. This is a great class if parents don’t like the mess and materials required for a good lab class.  Science can be fun. Let us show you!

Here is my proposed syllabus (subject to change):

Semester 1:

In this activity-driven, year-long class, we will break down the areas of science and give a bird’s eye-view of all the different areas as a review before doing high school work. Through experiential learning, we will examine the concepts and the applications of sciences in the real world. This is a great class if parents don’t like the mess and materials required for a good lab class.  Science can be fun. Let us show you!

 

Earth Science (8 weeks) 

Week 1:

Comprehensive review of last semester

  • Multiple physics experiments to refresh the first-principles, physics-style of logical reasoning.

Week 2: Geophysics

Structure of planet earth

  • Core, Mantle, Lithosphere, etc…

Electromagnetic / dynamo field properties of earth

Heat flow

Gravity field

Week 3: Geology (Big Picture)

Tectonic Plates, Hydrology effects, Atmosphere, Soil science, Ecology overview

Experiment/Diorama for use in explanations and experiment for next few weeks

Week 4: Geomorphology

Tectonic & Seismic activity and effects

Earthquakes, Tsunami’s

Experiment: Mountain ranges formation

Fault lines

Erosion

Types of rock, plus volcano types and what they spew

Week 5: Continuing geology with experiments, demonstrations, and more detailed         explanations of geologic phenomena (builds on previous weeks)

Week 6: Atmosphere, Meteorology & Climatology

 

Hydrology

Water and its vitality to life on earth

Different aspects of the various oceans

Rate of decay of the ice caps

Waves

 

Layers of the atmosphere

Review of Phase Change

What the heck are clouds? (Not solid, not liquid, how can they be gas?)

Evaporation, Condensation, Saturation, experiments

  • Low/High pressure’s effects on weather
  • Temperature’s effects on weather

Briefly: El Nina / La Nina basics

 

Week 7: Atmosphere & Meteorology continued, + glaciology

In depth + Experiment: Layers of the atmosphere

The Water Cycle

El Nino / La Nina, and its amazing effects on global weather

Basic Glaciology

In depth: Global warming & its effects on the planet’s future for us

Week 8: Volcanology

Yellowstone

Intermediate volcanic physics

­          Experiments creating miniature (accurate) volcanoes

Current science being done on and near volcanoes

 

Biology / Life Science (6 weeks)

Week 9: Review of basic biological concepts

Classification of biology, biotic, abiotic, etc…

How do we classify “alive”? + “intelligent”?

Cells

Ecosystem definition

Week 10: Cells & their development over time

Single VS Multi-Cellular organisms

Prokaryotic Cells VS Eukaryotic Cells

Similarity and differences to the video game Spore

          In depth: Ecosystems, Symbiotic relationships, Parasitic relationships, and the  effects of environment on a species’ survival

Week 11: (Modern) Evolutionary Basics

Modern evolutionary concepts

Fundamental concepts in evolution

Darwinian evolution à how it differs from modern evolution

The next step in the evolutionary tree after the prok/euk-aryotic cells

Activity: Play a game to demonstrate the idea of “survival of the fittest” and     circumstantial continuation of species.

Week 12: (Modern) Evolutionary Basics Continued

In Depth:

  • The evolutionary tree (as far as we can tell) from cells to humans
  • Ecosystem changes through earth’s history
  • Major extinction events

Dinosaurs

The fossil record, and how fossilization works (activity/experiment)

Controversy on modern evolutionary theory and continuing research.

Week 13: Humans (Part 1)

Percentage of earth’s history that humans have been around

Next step in evolution of life (ocean à land à air à multi-planets!)

Advances that humanity has made in its baby existence.

Features of humanity, that appears to make us more advanced than other species

Week 14: Humans (Part 2)

Basic Anatomy

Incredible systems of the body

Simplistic complexity of the human body & its operation

Things that are bad for the body (in general)

Future of human biology and longevity

 

 

Week 15: Technology & Applied Sciences

Solar panels

Batteries

Computers

Binary

Flow of electricity in a computer(?)

Let’s Build That (apply learned sciences) activity for a concept

 

Week 16: Technology & Applied Sciences

More: Let’s Build That: Engineering Projects to Apply the Science!

Teacher: Jonny Hyman

Cost: Please see pricing chart

Ages: 9-12yo.

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