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Grove City Christian School

September, 2010

General Course Description:

Students will use the Scientific process to construct knowledge and understanding of the earth’s resources, matter and forms of energy, and behavior growth and changes within organisms and plants, all the while knowing that God desires that we study His world and the details of His creation.

General Course Evaluation:

Resources: Purposeful Design Science text

Grove City Christian School

September, 2010

Health, Safety and Manners text Bible Truths Schlessinger videos Scit Kits

3 - 5 Theme: Interconnections within Systems This theme focuses on helping students explore the components of various systems and then investigate dynamic and sustainable relationships within systems using scientific inquiry. Science Inquiry & Applications

Grove City Christian School

September, 2010

During the years of PreK to Grade 4, all students must develop the ability to: ● ● ●

Observe and ask questions about the natural environment; Plan and conduct simple investigations; Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses; Use appropriate mathematics with data to construct reasonable explanations; Communicate about observations, investigations and explanations; and Review and ask questions about the observations and explanations of others.

Theme: Interconnections within Systems Earth & Space Science Week s

Topic: Earth’s Resources

Instructional Strategies & Assessments

Strand: Science Inquiry and Application

Biblical Integration

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Earth's nonliving resources have specific properties. Soil is composed of pieces of rock, organic material, water and air and has characteristics that can be measured and observed. Rocks have unique characteristics that allow them to be sorted and classified. Rocks form in different ways. Air and water are nonliving resources.

Earth's resources can be used for energy.

September, 2010 Students planted seeds in different types of soil to determine which is best for growing plants.

Observe soil types and their composition.

Students sang about the rock cycle.

Students hunted for rocks and consulted field guides to try to identify the type.

Students learned how geologists classify rocks (informal participation assessment taken). Students learned the three types of rocks. Open-book assessment given at the end of the unit.

Students made their own rock.

Looked up verses about rocks and soil. Discussed how amazing God’s creation was as we looked at different rock formations. Talked about the image of Christ being our solid rock.

Grove City Christian School

September, 2010

Many of Earth’s resources can be used for the energy they contain. Renewable energy is an energy resource, such as wind, water or solar energy that is replenished within a short amount of time by natural processes. Nonrenewable energy is an energy resource, such as coal or oil that is a finite energy source that cannot be replenished in a short amount of time. Nov.

Some of Earth’s resources are limited. Some of Earth’s resources become limited due to overuse and/or contamination. Reducing resource use, decreasing waste and/or

Students recycled newspaper into pulp and made their own paper.

Observed, and recorded data about what happened to the newspaper.

Discussed how God made our world so that everything works together.

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September, 2010

pollution, recycling and reusing can help conserve these resources.

Theme: Observations of the Environment Strand: Physical Science Week s

Topic: Matter & Forms of Energy

Instructional Strategies & Assessments

Science Inquiry and Application


All objects and substances in the natural world are composed of matter.

Observation and sorting of candy based upon shape, color and size. Students filled out a chart for assessment

Observed, sorted and communicated results

Unit 4 Students, explored and observed different substances. They then had to decide which form of matter they each were. Informal assessment

Observed, and recorded data

Nov./ Jan.

Matter takes up space and has weight. Matter exists in different states, each of which has different properties. The most common states of

Discussed findings within groups. Watched a video on sublimation/condensation/evaporation

Biblical Integration

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Students use that verse to understand that matter is not eternal, it was

Grove City Christian School matter are solids, liquids and gases. Shape and compressibility are properties that can distinguish between the states of matter. The shape of a solid is independent of its container. Liquids and gases flow and take the shape of the container. One way to change matter from one state to another is by heating or cooling. Jan.

September, 2010 created. Gen. 1:1 Students also recycled newspaper into pulp and made paper. Informal assessment Students observed a liquid changing into a gas and recorded their observations. (vinegar, baking soda and a balloon) Informal assessment

Recorded observations Worksheets

2 Peter 3:12 All matter will one day come to an end. Proverbs 3:19-20 Sharing the world that God created and conserving matter

End of Unit Test, open book, fill in the blank and short answer Separated the matter (carbon dioxide from soda)

Students worked with Heat, electricity, balloons, wool and plastic to observe how light and sound static electricity works. are forms of energy. Students made predictions and then There are many different forms of observed static energy. Energy is electricity by shuffling

Observed, Planned and Communicated All energy comes from God and was created by Him.

Grove City Christian School the ability to cause motion or create change.

September, 2010 on the carpet and touching various materials.

Theme: Observations of the Environment Strand: Life Science Week s Sept.

Topic: Behavior, Growth and Changes Offspring resemble their parents and each other. Individual organisms inherit many traits from their parents indicating a reliable way to transfer information from one generation to the next. Some behavioral traits are learned through interactions with the environment and are not inherited.

Instructional Strategies & Assessments Explored new Science packets, introduction of highlighted vocab words. Students read packets independently, buddy read and we read out loud as a class. Questions at end of lessons were discussed. Unit assessment was writing our definitions for 10 vocab words along with several short answer questions.

Science Inquiry and Application

Biblical Integration

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Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing. Plants and animals have physical features that are associated with the environments where they live. Plants and animals have certain physical or behavioral characteristics that improve their chances of surviving

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Students read and study various habitats and creatures. We watched a video on the animals and their environment. Assessed used the textbook using the textbook objective test.

Students observed, planned, and charted a forest habitat.

Psalm 104:10-13

Grove City Christian School in particular environments. Individuals of the same kind have different characteristics that they have inherited. Sometimes these different characteristics give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing. Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments. Over the whole earth, organisms are growing, reproducing, dying and decaying. The details of the life cycle are different for different organisms affecting

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Grove City Christian School their ability to survive and reproduce in their natural environments.

September, 2010

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