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Thinking Scientifically: Weekly Science for Grades 4-6 , Ongoing

In this ongoing class, students will meet for 55 minutes twice weekly for science lessons from four 8-week units that cover Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Technology & Engineering. ~FULL YEAR CURRICULUM STARTS 8/30~
Ronda Baker, B.Ed
351 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 21 learners
year olds
US Grade Level
Intermediate, Advanced Level
learners per class


Charged weekly
$20 per class
Meets 2x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
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Students will explore science topics related to Life Science. 
Students will explore science topics related to Earth Science. 
Students will explore science topics related to Physical Science. 
Students will explore science topics related to Technology and Engineering. 
Students will participate in discussions and activities. 
During my 10 years teaching in the public education system, I have been in charge of the planning and teaching of all the science content for my grade level for 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.   In addition to teaching, my experience includes many Professional Development hours in science.  I have twice attended the Schools of the Future Conference in Hawaii which included many high level science sessions,  and was a registered member of both the Hawaii State Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Teacher's Association.   
A printable booklet / learning log for each unit will be made available on the classroom page.
An informal assessment will be in the form of discussion questions, and answers to handout questions. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
When we get to Human Body Systems, in Life Science, we will NOT be covering human reproduction and sexuality.  We will, however, be covering types of gestation in animals, and forms of pregnancy seen in the animal kingdom.  

When we get to evolution in Life Science, we will cover the topic briefly, citing scientific positions on evolution, but will focus more on adaptations and natural selection, in an effort to remain respectful to faith based world views that some students may hold. 

In the Technology and Engineering Unit, students will be introduced to newer topics not typically covered in most boxed curricula used in traditional school settings.  These include Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and 
"Transhumanism", or the idea that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of genetic engineering or technological implants.  I will introduce emerging technologies such as cloning, genome editing, implants, bionic appendages, etc. which may be controversial or disturbing to some.   A neutral presentation of the facts of these technologies or ideas will be presented with no specific position (pro or con) being pushed by the teacher.   Please consider discussing these topics with your child before and after those classes. 
We will be exploring science topics using the following sources.  This list is not exhaustive, but include the most commonly referred to sources in this class. 

Textbooks:  ScienceSaurus Student Handbook for grade 4 and grade 6 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Web Sources: 
National Geographic.org
Ted-Ed on YouTube
Amoeba Sisters on YouTube
Hayley Loren's Chat Science on YouTube
Science ABC on YouTube


Ronda Baker, B.Ed
Lives in the United States
Licensed K-6 Elementary Teacher
351 total reviews
568 completed classes

About Me

I have been a licensed elementary school teacher since 2012.  I have taught K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 grade classrooms in the public education system in Hawaii.  During 2020, when schools moved to distance learning for a time, I learned that I enjoyed... 
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