Segment A of Science 5 reviews and reinforces what students have learned in life science about cells, plants, and animals. This moves toward a review of environmental science and ecosystems and biomes, which, in turn, prepares students for an introduction to earth and space science. Students will study minerals, rocks, and the Earth’s surface, exploring the formation of volcanoes, the science of earthquakes, and the effects of weathering and erosion on the Earth’s surface. Students learn that the Earth is one member of the solar system and discover similarities and differences among the other bodies in that cosmic realm.

Segment B of Science 5 sets students on a path toward chemistry as they look more closely at the properties and structure of matter, observing changes in matter, both physical and chemical. They will also look further into weather, atmosphere and storms, observing the overall effect on climate. After reviewing energy and its forms, students will be introduced to the mechanical area of science, studying simple machines and their relationship to work, energy, force, and motion. The course concludes with a study of water and terrestrial systems, and their relationship with producers and consumers.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Life Science

  • Cells
  • Multicellular Organization
  • Classifying Plants
  • Classifying Animals
  • The Oxygen Cycle

Environmental Science

  • Ecosystems
  • Food Chains
  • Water Cycle
  • Biomes
  • Biodiversity
  • Pollution

Earth and Space Science

  • Moving Continents
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Mountain Formations
  • Seasons
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Astronomy and Space

Solid Earth

  • Minerals
  • Rocks
  • Earth’s Structure
  • Fossils

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Matter and Its Properties

  • Properties and Structure of Matter
  • Property Changes in Matter
  • Chemical Properties
  • Mixtures and Compounds

Weather

  • Weather and Atmosphere
  • Precipitation and Clouds
  • Storms
  • Climate

Using Energy

  • Heat
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism

Simple Machines

  • Levers
  • Pulleys, Wheels, and Incline Planes
  • Work and Energy
  • Force and Motion

Microworld

  • Animal and Plant Cells
  • Monerians
  • Fungi
  • Protista

Ecosystems

  • Producers and Consumers
  • Water Ecosystem
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Cycles in Ecosystems

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B