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Elementary Full Curriculum Science for Grade 4 - 5, Part 1

Susan Laforet, M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction
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This 12 week course follows the pacing of the first semester of 4th and 5th grade science; covers science processes and procedures, force and motion, properties of matter, forms of energy, electric circuits, weather, and climate.

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 5
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
7 units//24 lessons//12 Weeks
Unit 1Science Processes
2 lessons1 Week
Science Processes
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Science Safety
Getting to know you, notebook set up, science safety procedures
Lesson 2
Science Tools and Measurement
Investigate the tools scientists use for data collection and processes for accurate measurement.
Unit 2Force and Motions
3 lessons2 Weeks
Force and Motions
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Experimental Design; How Does Force Affect Objects
Science Investigation: Gravity and Friction
Lesson 4
Experimental Design: Exploring Gravity
Science Investigation: Gravity and Distance
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Experimental Design: Exploring Gravity 2
Science Investigation: Gravity and Mass
Unit 3Properties of Matter
6 lessons4 Weeks
Properties of Matter
 Week 3
Lesson 6
Physical Properties of Matter: States of Matter
Solids, Liquids, and Gases and Describing Matter
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Physical Properties of Matter: Magnetism
Science Investigation: Make an Electromagnet
Lesson 8
Physical Properties of Matter: Density
Science Investigation: Create a Density Column
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Physical Properties of Matter: Mixtures and Solutions
Science Investigation: Create and Separate Mixtures and Solutions
Lesson 10
Physical Properties: Insulators and Conductors
Explore the difference between an insulator and a conductor
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Physical Properties: Multiple Properties
Assessment: Classify matter by multiple properties
Unit 4Forms of Energy
3 lessons2 Weeks
Forms of Energy
 Week 6
Lesson 12
Thermal Energy
Science Investigation: How does thermal energy change matter?
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Mechanical and Sound Energy
Science Investigation: Demonstrate mechanical energy and sound energy
Lesson 14
Light Energy
Science Investigation: How does light change as it moves through matter?
Unit 5Electricity
2 lessons1 Week
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Series Circuits
Science Investigation: Create a Series Circuit
Lesson 16
Parallel Circuits
Science Investigation: Create Parallel Circuits
Unit 6Weather and Climate
6 lessons3 Weeks
Weather and Climate
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Water Cycle
Science Investigation: Water Cycle in a Bag
Lesson 18
What is Weather
Science Investigation: How do meteorologists measure weather? Introduce weather journal
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Science Investigation: Make a Barometer; Introduce Semester project
Lesson 20
Weather Conditions
Reading Weather Maps
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Reading Climate Maps and Graphs
Lesson 22
Weather or Climate?
Assessment Game: Climate vs. Weather; Work on project with partners
Unit 7Semester Wrap Up
2 lessons1 Week
Semester Wrap Up
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Digital Escape Room
Work in teams to complete a digital escape room covering semester topics; work on project with partners
Lesson 24
Semester Wrap Up
Students will present semester projects, complete a self-reflection, and play a final digital game
  • Students will learn scientific process and procedures through the content typically taught in the first semester of 4th and 5th grade. Strands include Nature of Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science.
I taught 5th grade science in the largest public school system in my state for 17 years. During that time I attended intense science training programs led by Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and i3Laser through the Smithsonian Institution/Department of Education.  I was honored as Teacher of the Year on my campus and a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year. After 17 years, I moved from the classroom to become a STEM instructional coach, supporting teachers across the district in the STEM content areas, and finally as a math and science instructional coach, leading professional development and supporting teachers and students at low performing campuses. I retired from the school district in 2021, and now I am blessed to focus on instilling the love of science in students without the requirements of state and district assessments. In my classes, students will learn and love science; they will not learn to pass science tests!
Homework Offered
Some weeks will have short assignments for students to complete individually, typically requiring no more than 30 minutes. There will be a final semester project based on student choice from a product menu to summarize learning in the course.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Formative assessment will be embedded throughout the course through a variety of games and activities. Parents will be provided with a written report at the end of the course.
Grades Offered
Students and parents will be provided a teacher created, rubric based assessment at the end of the course.
Students will keep an interactive science notebook throughout the course, using a standard composition book. They will also need general art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, ruler, etc.).  Specific supplies for inquiry lessons will be posted on the class page at least 2 weeks prior to the lesson. Most will be easily available around the house. A complete supply list may be downloaded at this link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/18frXNOzWM_sKPp4Vub2TUbAmgAAmivnw/view?usp=sharing
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Some YouTube videos will be included, all of which are pre-screened for content and appropriate instructional level, and some created by the teacher. Lessons will be presented through the interactive Nearpod platform and will sometimes include Google applications, (docs and slides). Students will upload their assignments to the class page or to a designated Google Drive folder, open only to the teacher and enrolled students. Some Kahoot, Gimkit, and Blooket games will be used for assessment and engagement.
This class will follow best practices guidelines as set forth by the National Science Teacher's Association and Next Generation Science Standards.
Joined July, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
Texas Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
I have been sharing my love of science and math with elementary students in public schools for over 26 years. I served most of that time in the classroom and then moved into Instructional Coaching to help other teachers improve their practice in... 
Group Class


for 24 classes
2x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-11
1-8 learners per class

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