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Kindergarten
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KINDERGARTEN Physical: Simple Measurement, Observation, Light/Colors

Perform simple comparative measurements

Describe objects according to their physical properties e.g. color, texture, size

Describe various sources of light

Identify sunlight as a composite of all colors

Identify primary colors

Describe the composition of secondary colors

Identify the fixed order of color as found in a rainbow
Life: Worms, Insects, Spiders

Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between organisms

Describe the basic needs of living things

Describe how related animals have similar characteristics

Identify how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt

Understand the beneficial effects of earthworms

Explain how insects are both harmful and helpful

Know the dangers of poisonous spiders
Earth: Air, Land, Water, Ecology, Seasons

Describe air as a substance that takes up space and moves around us

Recognize that the Earth is made up of land, water and the gases of the atmosphere  

Recognize and describe appropriate ways to care for our Earth

Identify God’s role in the creation of the Universe

Understand how Earth’s position in relation to the sun accounts for days, seasons and years

Identify seasonal changes in weather patterns
Health: Home/School Safety

Identify common hazards and practice safety rules

Demonstrate appropriate work and play behaviors

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment   

 

Service and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

FIRST GRADE    Physical: Electricity/Magnetism, Force/Motion, Energy/Work

Define electricity and describe electrical fields of force

Recognize that electricity in circuits produces light, heat, sounds and magnetic effects

Compare the force of various magnets

Investigate how magnets interact with each other

Define force and gravity

Describe how physical forces affect an object’s movement

Define energy and identify common types and uses

Define work

Identify simple and compound machines and their relationships Life: Plants/Animals (Biomes/Habitats, Life Cycles, Characteristics, Classification); The Senses

Identify various ecosystems (grasslands, forests, wetlands, desert, etc.) and the organisms that live there  

Understand God made living things to grow and change

Understand growth processes and life cycles of plants

Describe the basic needs of living things

Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves and find shelter

Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between related and unrelated organisms

Identify the senses and their functions and describe how they contribute to learning
Earth: Solar System (Sun, Earth, Moon, Seasons)

Identify the sun as the source of heat and light to Earth and explain why the sun is necessary for life on Earth

Identify Earth as one of the sun’s planets

Understand that Earth revolves around the sun and the moon is earth’s satellite

Identify and trace the movement of objects in the sky, including the orbits of the earth and moon

Recognize how Earth’s orbit influences the seasons

Compare and contrast the seasons
Health: Care and Basic Structures of Teeth, Eyes, Ears, Skin

Describe structures, functions and personal hygiene of the sense organs

Describe structure, function and personal hygiene of teeth

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment

 

Service and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Sc

Identify careers in areas of science

 

SECOND GRADE     Physical: States and Changes of Matter, Energy Waves: Heat

Identify the states of matter and their characteristics

Describe physical changes that occur in matter

Define heat and describe how it affects matter Life: Amphibians/Reptiles, Insects, Human Body Systems

Describe the basic needs of living things

 

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Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between organisms

Describe how related plants and animals have similar characteristics

Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt

Recognize the organization of the body’s systems and organs Earth: Geology (Earth’s Structure, Dinosaurs/Fossils); Natural Resources

Recognize physical differences in Earth materials

Describe Earth’s basic structure and habitats

Understand God created a perfect Earth for human habitation

Identify examples of common dinosaurs

Explain fossils as the remains or evidence of formally living organisms

Identify Earth’s basic natural resources found and the wise use of these resources Health: Home/Community Safety, Emotions

Identify common hazards at home

Observe rules for public safety and recall appropriate precautions that should be taken in special conditions

Identify emotions and share feelings in appropriate ways

Know ways to seek assistance if worried, abused or threatened 

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment   

 

Service and Career Options

2003-2005

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

THIRD GRADE    Physical: Electricity/Magnetism, Force/Motion: Friction, Gravity, Inertia

Identify the basic nature of current and static electricity

Define force and friction and explain how they affect movement

Define gravity and describe how it affects matter

Compare the gravitational attraction of objects of varying mass

Define inertia and describe the its effects

Describe how forces affect the motion of objects
Life: Birds, Mammals, Classification

Describe the basic needs of living things

Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt to their environments

Describe how related animals have similar characteristics

Explain food chains and food webs and identify producers and consumers in an ecosystem

Classify organisms according to characteristics that are similar and different Earth: Meteorology (Atmosphere, Water Cycle, Seasons, Weather Elements); Space Exploration

Describe the composition of the atmosphere

Describe the water cycle including precipitation, condensation, and cloud formation

Explain the change of seasons and why Earth is unequally heated

Identify the elements of weather including air pressure, temperature, wind, and humidity

Identify and trace the movement of objects in the sky

Describe Earth’s place in the solar system and movement patterns of objects within solar system

Recognize the contributions of space exploration, past and present 

Understand God as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe
Health: Nutrition, Family Health Habits, Consumer Health

Describe healthy dietary guidelines

Categorize foods in the food pyramid

Explain how the body utilizes basic nutrients

Understand that God has provided guidelines (natural laws) to keep us healthy

Understand how the family influences personal health and how health-related problems impact the whole family

Identify proper consumer health care habits e.g. regular visits to dentist, doctor

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment    

 

Service and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

 

FOURTH GRADE Physical: Atomic Structure/Matter

Explain the structure of atoms and how they are the building blocks of matter

Identify substances as they exist in different states of matter and how they may be changed

Distinguish between chemical and physical changes in matter
Life: Plants (Classification, Growth, Photosynthesis, Reproduction, Structure/Function)

Group and classify plants based on a variety of characteristics e.g. seed, non-seed

Identify conditions necessary for plant survival and growth

Describe the steps of photosynthesis and sequence them

Describe the life cycle of a plant including the process of pollination

Describe basic plant structures and systems and identify their functions

Understand ecosystems and communities and how plants adapt to survive Earth: Environmental Use (Conservation/Ecology, Pollution)

Identify properties, uses and misuses of Earth materials

Identify renewable and nonrenewable resources

Understand that God created natural resources for human use

Explain how human activity affects the balance of nature 

Recognize that Earth materials are limited and explore strategies for addressHealth: Disease Prevention, First Aid, Community Health

Identify sources of diseases and how they may be prevented 

Identify the appropriate first aid procedures to follow in case of emergency

Identify important community health care resources

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment

 

 

Service and Career Options

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Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

FIFTH GRADE  Physical: Energy Waves (Electromagnetic Spectrum, Heat, Light, Mirrors/Lenses, Sound, Waves)

Identify, describe and compare different types of wave energy

Describe the organization of the electromagnetic spectrum and the uses/applications of each type of electromagnetic wave

Compare electromagnetic (heat, light, radio) waves and mechanical (sound, water) waves

Explore characteristics of heat, light, and sound

Compare and contrast types of mirrors and lenses

Define a wave and describe characteristics and features of waves
Life: Cells, Classification/Behavior, Fish

Describe, explain and compare the structure and function of cells

Identify the characteristics of living things

Use the standard classification system to group animals based on their characteristics

Identify features of fish that distinguish them from other classes of animals Earth: Oceanography, Meteorology: Air Pressure, Climate, Earth’s Atmosphere, Water Cycle, etc.

Describe the physical structures of and ecosystems present in the ocean

Study currents, tides and waves

Explain air pressure and local/global winds, how they are measured and their effects on weather

Distinguish between climate and weather and identify factors that affect climate

Describe Earth’s atmospheric layers and the “greenhouse” effect

Explain the water cycle and its relationship to weather and climatic patterns
Health: Reproductive System, Mental/Emotional Health

Explain human reproduction and development 

Identify the physical, emotional, intellectual and social changes that occur at puberty

Describe God’s plan for human sexual behavior

Know ways to seek assistance if worried, abused or threatened 

Recognize how mood changes and strong feelings affect thoughts and behavior, and how they can be managed successfully

Describe how personality, relationships and self-concept affect mental and emotional health.

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment

 

Service/Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Sc

Identify careers in areas of science

 

 

SIXTH GRADE      Physical: Electricity, Magnetism

Compare and describe static and current electricity

Identify the difference between conductors and insulators.

 

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Differentiate between open and closed circuits and parallel and series circuits.

Identify characteristics of magnets and what causes magnetism

Describe the relationship between electricity and magnetism

Identify uses of electromagnets Life: Human Body Systems

Describe and explain the structure and functions of the human body in terms of cells, tissues and organs

Describe the functions of each major organ system in the human body

Describe and explain the relationship and interaction of the organ systems in the human body Earth: Geology

Describe Earth’s structure and features

Explain how Earth changes/has changed over time e.g. erosion, weathering, earthquakes

Explore and interpret evidences for the Genesis Flood and the Ice Age 

Describe the components and relationships of Earth’s land forms and geological features

Describe the processes by which rocks and soils are formed 

Classify rocks, minerals and soils based on their origin and their chemical and physical properties

Identify how successive layers of sedimentary rock and the fossils contained within them can be

 

used to confirm the age, history and changing life forms of the Earth Health: Drug Effects, Decision Making, Nutrition

Define drug and identify helpful and harmful drugs

Explain the short- and long-term physical and emotional consequences of drug use

Identify personal and community resources for drug abuse education and treatment

Describe the steps in decision-making, how values develop and how these apply to healthy choices

Explain healthy eating practices and design nutritional goals based on national dietary guidelines and individual needs

Identify eating disorders and explain how they adversely affect health

 

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment  

 

Service and Career Options

2003-2005

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

 

SEVENTH GRADE    Physical: Force/Motion, Energy/ Work

Describe and compare types of force and types of friction

Define and extend understanding of gravity, mass and weight

Describe Newton’s laws of motion

Define and describe motion-related terms such as balanced/unbalanced forces,
distance/displacement, speed/velocity, acceleration and momentum

Identify forms of energy and how energy can change from one form to another

Distinguish between work and power

Define simple machines and identify characteristics of various types

Describe the relationship between simple and compound machines

Distinguish between potential and kinetic energy and explain mechanical advantage
Life: Cell Theory, Genetics, Simple Animals

Describe and explain the structure, function and theory of cells

Describe how the traits of an organism are passed from generation to generation

Explain genetic engineering and its impact 

Categorize simple animals into groups according to how they accomplish life processes and by

similarities and differences in external and internal structures
Earth: Astronomy

Describe characteristics and movement patterns of objects in the universe

Describe the relationships of the Earth to the sun, the moon and other interplanetary objects and how they account for the day, year, phases of the moon, eclipses, seasons and ocean tides

Describe the life cycle and classification of stars and the instruments for study
Health: Transmission of Diseases, Sexuality

Describe how lifestyle, pathogens, family history and other risk factors are related to the cause or prevention of disease 

Identify the structure and function of bacteria and viruses and explain how they transmit diseases

Describe God’s plan for sexual relationships

Explain the adverse physical, emotional, and economic consequences of premarital sex and ways to support a decision for abstinence

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment  

 

Service and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

 

EIGHTH GRADE   Physical: Chemistry

Explain the structure of matter and how different forms can be combined to create new
substances

Explain conservation of matter

Describe how elements are organized on the periodic table 

Compare the properties of acids and bases

Identify and compare physical and chemical change

Identify methods used to separate mixtures into their component parts
Life: Ecology (Natural Resources); Plant Processes

Explain how use of natural resources affects quality of life and the health of ecosystems

Recognize that Earth’s materials are limited and explore strategies for addressing this problem

Describe how water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen are recycled through the environment

Describe the life processes of a plant including photosynthesis and reproduction
Earth: Creation/Evolution

Distinguish between the basic ideas of and evidence for naturalistic evolution and special creation Health: Health Risks, Community Health

Describe personal and community health care practices that result in prevention, detection and treatment of communicable diseases

Know how to locate and use community health resources that provide valid health information 

Identify community health organizations and agencies such as The American Cancer Society and the advocacy services they provide

 

Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results

Safely use and store tools and equipment   

 

Service and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science

 

 

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