Unit 1 Overview
Focus: Things happen in the world for a reason! Science is a method for exploring the reasons that things happen.
Activity: series of penny activities (drawing key features)
Activity: objects from a single location
Activity: "Notes from an Extraterrestrial
III. Types of data:
Quantitative: measurement – grams, liters, meters, time, and temperature (metric)
Qualitative: using the 5 senses
Activity: stations that require the acquisition of data using only one of the five senses.
Activity: Timeline (several choices)
Resource: Human Evolution Coloring Book
Investigable questions lead to either performing a systematic investigation or an experiment
Activities: FOSS kit on Models.
Graphing, charting, writing, and drawing.
Formation of the Solar System
Earth History: introduce the concept of geologic time
Early models of our world (atom, stars, etc. much of this from various GEMS guides).
Nullius in verba
Particulate model of matter
Solid, liquid, and Gas
(continuum activities with oobleck and silly putty should probably be done with the Plate Tectonics unit)
Activity: see “Dry Ice” GEMS guides.
Activity: Drops on a Penny
Activity: Prentice-Hall/GEMS “Dry Ice” units have info and activities for examining the molecular structure of water.
Movie: “Powers of Ten,” which coordinates nicely with the study of exponents in Math.
While much of the material in the GEMS “Dry Ice” unit pertains to the themes we teach in this unit, the bulk of the activities probably work best as a culminating activity that gives students a chance to apply what they have learned in the unit to an actual systematic investigation. Other options for organizing this unit that lead to culminating activities include: