Life Skills Science

  • Life Skills Science - 2018-19

    Course Description:

    This course has been designed to meet the alternative state standards in science.  Science and special educators have worked together to create a variety of lessons and activities to meet a diverse group of learners.  

       

     Learner Outcomes and Activities

       

    Scientific Method

    9.1.1.2.1 Recognize a scientific experiment by making a hypothesis, analyzing data and /or making a conclusion on this data

    Loads and loads of science experiments!

    Make observations and journal about them

    Maintain a blog and newsletter

     

     
         

    Structures in Plants and Animals

    9.4.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals have different structures and methods to obtain energy and maintain homeostasis.

    This is our biggest standard and will spiral throughout the year.

    Highlights:

    We will touch on human digestion, nutrition, reproduction, and types of teeth  We will connect this learning to our own lives by talking
    about healthy eating, living and dental care.

     

    We will touch on the life cycle of chickens and ducks. Students  will have “hands-on/ eyes on” experience with the animals that live
    in the courtyard.

     

    Additionally, we will touch on plant structure, photosynthesis and pollination.  We round out this unit by planting and tending heirloom
    plants in our classroom.

     

     
         

    Ecosystems

    9.4.2.1.2   Recognize that an ecosystem can change when a new species is introduced to it.

    Students will create a Google presentation regarding one ecosystem

     

     

     

       

    Traits

    9.4.3.2. Recognize that traits are passed from parent to offspring

    Loads of trait activities and checklists

    Observation of animals

     

     

     

       

    Population Survival

    9.4.3.3.5 Recognize that the principles of natural selection affect the survival rate of groups of organisms

    Focus on Minnesota Bees, Asian Carp,  and other local species

    Reading from A to Z Science will add more depth to this unit as we will also learn about animals from other countries.

     

     

     

       

    Positive and Negative changes

    9.4.4.1.2 Recognize the risks and benefits of changing a natural ecosystem as a result of human activity

    Recycling and good lifestyle habits

    Research Minnesota and invasive species

    Learn about the water cycle and how to be good to our earth regarding water