Life Skills Science
Life Skills Science - 2018-19
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
22.214.171.124.1 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
126.96.36.199 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.
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.
188.8.131.52.2 Recognize that an ecosystem can change when a new species is introduced to it.
Students will create a Google presentation regarding one ecosystem
184.108.40.206. Recognize that traits are passed from parent to offspring
Loads of trait activities and checklists
Observation of animals
220.127.116.11.5 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
18.104.22.168.2 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