Asking Good Questions
A large part of learning involves asking open-ended questions. Learning about science involves narrowing down these questions into new ideas (hypothesis) that can be tested. In this class we will learn about questions and answers that scientists have had in the past and hypothesis that are currently being tested regarding non-living parts of nature, or Earth. We will also practice asking questions, researching the answers, and developing tests for a new hypothesis of our own.
Tools of the Trade
We start by learning about maps and measurements. We practice reading graphs, using scientific tools to take data, and making graphs of our own.
We examine dirt. And rocks. And minerals. We learn new terms to describe the many different materials which make up the Earth.
Environment and Change
Weathering, erosion, plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, and tornadoes are actions that change the surface of the Earth. Water and the oceans are alsoexamined more closely and at a deeper level.
Solar system, stars and galaxies are seen at a Planetarium. In class, we talk about what we know already about the universe, and what scientists are working hard to discover.