Science+

Science+

Elementary, phenomenon-based science curriculum that integrates foundational cyber concepts and awareness

Rating
Average: 4.8 (6 votes)
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Number of Units
9
Subjects
Science
Grade Levels
3
4
5
Duration (hours)
120
Overview
Science+ is a phenomenon-based, hands-on science curriculum designed to engage elementary students in real-world applications.

Each module is centered around an anchor phenomenon, which encourages students to ask questions about the natural world. As they seek answers to their questions, students make observations, gather information, and design investigations to test their ideas. Students learn to work in teams, engage in critical reflection, develop models, and share their ideas through speaking and writing. The modules introduce the engineering design process to help students apply concepts and design solutions.

Science+ modules connect to key math, writing, and cyber concepts, and have been mapped to the Next Generation Science Standards covering all standards for each grade level and reaching all three dimensions.

Standard Frameworks
Next Generation Science Standards
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Cyber Connections
Computational Thinking
Digital Literacy
Coding/Programming
Cybersecurity
Cryptography
Cyber Career Awareness
Accordion Items
Title
Robobees: Organisms & Technology
Content

Overview: Students will discover how nature can help us design better technology. Students will explore what is happening to bees around the world and how a robotic bee is part of a temporary solution. Students will also learn about the life cycles of various plants and animals to design a robot that can be used to clean up trash on their school playground.

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Mammoths: Environmental Changes Over Time
Content

Overview: Students will discover how the environment has changed over time and how those changes affected organisms. The woolly mammoth once roamed North America but is now extinct. Students will research temperatures of different cities in particular seasons to compare the weather patterns around the U.S. Students will also design a solution to help an animal on the endangered species list.

Grades: 3

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Title
Sight: Structures and Functions of Organisms
Content

Overview: Students will explore all about sight and how it can vary. Students will also look at other senses and how animals and plants process information using their senses for survival. Researching a sunflower for inspiration, students will design a stand to make a solar panel more efficient. The module concludes with discovering how sight can vary between people.

Grades: 4

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Communication: Energy Transfer and Information Transmission
Content

Overview: Students will learn how long-distance messages were sent in the past and will use technology to understand how long-distance messages are sent currently and can be send it the future. Students will be block based coding with the BBC micro:bit throughout this module. Students will use a web based coding platform and can utilize a free online simulator when micro:bits are not available.

Grades: 4

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Title
Crash Tests: Energy and Collisions
Content

Overview: Students will discover why safety devices like seat belts and car seats are an important part of high speed travel. In the phenomena picture, Brittany and Sierra are going for a car ride. Brittany wonders why there are laws about using seat belts and car seats for kids.

Grades: 4

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Title
Titanic: Physical and Chemical Changes
Content

Overview: Students will explore the physical and chemical changes that took place aboard the Titanic and how some of these changes impacted the ship sinking. Students will also look at mystery items that could have come from the ship and determine what the item is made out of by looking at its properties.

Grades: 5

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Title
Mars: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Content

Overview: Students will discover what is needed to sustain life and how energy travels through an ecosystem. Students will develop a model to describe the movement of matter through plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Students will also support an argument from their investigations and research that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

Grades: 5

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Title
Water: Earth's Systems
Content

Overview: Students will discover what is needed to sustain life and how energy travels through an ecosystem. Students will develop a model to describe the movement of matter through plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Students will also support an argument from their investigations and research that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

Grades: 5

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Weather: Advantages in Survival
Content

Overview: In this module, students explore how organisms survive weather-related hazards. They will use authentic data to understand trends in temperature and precipitation around the world. Students create their own line graph to show their results. Students will design a structure to decrease the impact of flooding.  

Grades: 3

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