Thinking Scientifically: Weekly Science for Grades 4-6 , Ongoing
Ronda Baker, B.Ed
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 ~
US Grade 4 - 6
Intermediate - Advanced Level
TOPICS: SCIENCE, DISCUSSION, CRITICAL THINKING, ANIMALS, NATURE, PHYSICS, GEOLOGY, METEOROLOGY, ECOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING Science from scripted textbooks are limiting because science is progressing faster than these curriculum editions can keep up, often making some of the "new science" in them, old news. In this class, we are able to explore new and emerging science in real-time. Additionally, students are exposed to the modern methods of guided learning through the viewing of...
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.
Assessments OfferedAn informal assessment will be in the form of discussion questions, and answers to handout questions.
A printable booklet / learning log for each unit will be made available on the classroom page.
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 Thoughtco.com Sciencing.com Ducksters.com Amoeba Sisters on YouTube Hayley Loren's Chat Science on YouTube Science ABC on YouTube Biology4Kids.com Science.Nasa.gov Geology.com Britannica.com Sciencedaily.com HowStuffWorks.com Study.com YouTube.com
Meet the teacher
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...
$40weekly ($20 per class)
2x per week
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Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
2-10 learners per class