We are continuing to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, into our curriculum this school year. Ms. Hendrickson will teach all science lessons. During the first trimester (August - November) students will learn about environments and the human body using hands on investigations.


        The environments investigation is titled "Isopods and Beetles" and comes from FOSS science. During this investigation students will observe how isopods and beetles respond to environmental factors such as water and light. They will also study how plants depend on animals for survival (pollination and seed dispersal) and how animals depend on plants for food and shelter. This investigation will take approximately 6 weeks. 


        The human body investigation is titled "Human Machine" and comes from Mystery Science. During this investigation students will first learn about the muscles and skeleton by answering the question "Why do your biceps bulge". Students discover the mechanism by which their muscles control their bones (i.e., how their bodies move!). In the activity, students develop a robotic finger based on how their own fingers work. Next, they will explore the eyes and vision with the inquiry questions "Why do blind people see?". Students discover the basics of how their eyes work, and figure out some of the causes of vision problems. In the activity, students develop a working model of a human eye. The, they will discover how the eye works by answering the question "How can some animals see in the dark?". Students explore the function of their iris and pupil. In the activity, students add to their eye model and experiment to see how the pupil affects vision. The last component of this unit studies the brain and nerves to answer the question "How does your brain control your body?" Students explore the brain’s role in receiving information from the senses, processing that information, and controlling the muscles to enable movement. In the activity, students test their reflexes and develop a mental model of how their brain works.