Science

Science

ALS Sciences are comprehensive courses for grade levels 1–12. Major themes of study include scientific inquiry, the history and nature of science, science in perspective, physical science, life science, earth science, and technology. The Sciences will educate students in a variety of topics within the major themes of study. Lessons are designed to take the student from basic knowledge into critical thinking and learning activities.

  • The Sciences is a collection of semester- and year-long courses
  • All lessons contain a study guide, practice and mastery tests, and a written essay, activity, or experiment
  • Lessons include a variety of essay types such as descriptive, narrative, persuasive, compare and contrast, and letter writing. Additional activities include journals, short reports, summaries, and creating a collage, brochure, or graph. Directions for essays and rubrics for grading are provided for each of the writing assignments. Students will also complete a self-evaluation form to assess their performance
  • Some of the lessons contain images of the human body produced by A.D.A.M. Inc., an award-winning provider of medical images. The high quality and detailed anatomy images add visual reinforcement of lesson content, enhancing the students’ learning experience.
  • Most courses are certified by MetaMetrics® with a Lexile® score
  • The content in these courses is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the National Science Education Standards (NSES). These requirements are identified in the following standards: Science Inquiry, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Life Science, Science and Technology, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, and the History and Nature of Science
  • The Sciences focus on science facts, concepts, principles, and theories that are important for all students to know, understand, and use
  • Numerous lessons are associated with the process of design and primary understanding regarding science and its various links with technology
  • Lessons examine personal and social perspectives of science and allow students to learn about the history and nature of science, as well as to learn about science itself

 

1st GRADE SCIENCE:

The Sciences I sparks the natural curiosity of young learners. The lessons present basic scientific concepts and definitions related to physical science, earth and space science, and science and technology. Colorful images provide visual reinforcement to enhance learning. This course helps students discover how we learn by using our senses to observe things around us. The students gain knowledge in understanding matter and machines, living and nonliving things, plants and animals, day and night, our earth’s weather, and how we can be like scientists in problem solving. 42 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

2nd GRADE SCIENCE:

The Sciences II course expands on the basic scientific concepts introduced in The Sciences I. Measurement, magnets, and forms of energy are introduced in this course. Students will study the effects of drugs and alcohol on people and understand how human activities such as burning the rainforests and clearing areas for development affect our environment. The moon, our earth’s landforms, and the seasons are also studied. This course recognizes how technology has improved various inventions and methods of transportation. 44 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

3rd GRADE SCIENCE:

In this course, more emphasis is given to understanding how scientists solve problems and organize observations and data. Students learn about science fair projects and the process of the scientific method. The differences between simple, compound, and complex machines are discussed at this level. Animal populations, habitats, and the food chain are explored by the students, showing the interconnection between all organisms and their environments. Students also study about our earth and the solar system. 49 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

4th GRADE SCIENCE:

The explanation of science fair projects and the scientific method is continued in the Sciences IV. The students expand their knowledge of inventions that have changed the world and explore careers in science. Investigations into magnetism and motion are also presented. Students explore the cell and its parts and learn about cell division. Lessons examine the changing earth including the rock cycle, earthquakes, and volcanoes. A distinction is made between inner planets, outer planets, and beyond the solar system. Included at this level is a discussion of computer terms, parts, and uses. 49 lesson, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

5th GRADE SCIENCE:

Students gain understanding of the importance of research, observation, data collection, hypothesizing, and analyzing as used in the scientific method. Students discover the makeup of atoms and the composition of molecules, elements, and compounds. This course explores the relationship between magnetism and electricity and the various types of electric circuits. A study of the major human body systems and their functions is also included. An investigation is made of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis and how they affect land formation. Students study climatic and geological natural disasters and how scientists monitor and prepare for them. 48 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

6th GRADE SCIENCE:

In the Sciences VI, students continue to investigate the process of scientific inquiry through experimentation. Exploration is made into various forms of energy including nuclear, geothermal, and solar. This course offers a study of the characteristics of light and how force affects motion. Students explore the phases of the moon, the characteristics and properties of the sun, the life cycle of stars, black holes, and quasars. Communicable and noncommunicable diseases are also reviewed. 45 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

7th GRADE SCIENCE:

This course reviews the ethical and moral obligations of scientists regarding scientific research. Students identify the five oceans and study the composition of ocean water, the various depths and the living organisms present, and the ocean food chain. A discussion of natural selection is introduced, as well as Darwin’s theory of evolution, adaptations, and mutations. Students investigate how plants use the sun’s energy during the process of photosynthesis. Students learn about the constellations and how they were named. The development and use of technology including robots, artificial skin, and genetic engineering are also discussed. 47 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

8th GRADE SCIENCE:

The Sciences VIII presents lessons that continue to build on previous scientific concepts. Students study types of chemical bonds and chemical reactions. They learn to read chemical formulas and balance chemical equations. The topic of waves is discussed including wavelength, crest, trough, amplitude, and frequency. Students study the cell processes of meiosis and mitosis and investigate DNA bonding. A study is made of Mendel and inherited traits. Students learn about the science and technology involved in constructing and maintaining the International Space Station. 46 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Grades 9-10):

Physical Science offers several distinctive components: an in-depth examination of the biological functions of vision and sound in relation to physical laws, the impact of scientific discoveries on technology and society, and an overview of natural hazards, including the impact of humans on the environment. The Physical Science course covers the fundamentals of chemistry, matter, energy, and various scientific fields. The lessons are designed to move the student beyond the level of basic knowledge into critical thinking and learning activities. 31 lessons, 1 semester. **Fast-Track available

 

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (Grades 9-12):

Earth and Space Science is a comprehensive, completely integrated course for grade levels 9-12. This course provides the basic foundations of scientific measurement skills, a comprehensive look at the way the Earth and all its layers are formed, and a complete overview of the solar system and its major components. Each lesson is designed to be the foundation for the next lesson in the course so that students are provided the best reinforcement of key terminology throughout their studies. Interactive media has been included to help engage the student in the visual learning process. 32 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

COMPREHENSIVE BIOLOGY (Grades 9-12):

This course, for students who have been introduced to biology topics in middle school, focuses on topics in cell chemistry and biology, genetics, evolution, the biology of living things, and ecology. Students use a combination of online instruction with animations, hands-on laboratory activities, reference book study, and collaborative activities with virtual classmates. This course prepares students to take AP® Biology or any beginning-level college biology course. 39 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

CHEMISTRY 1A(Grades 10-11):

The Chemistry IA course is designed as a first semester general chemistry course. Students will learn basic chemistry concepts and develop skills relating to basic chemical calculations and mathematical principles. This course offers activities formulated to teach and engage students in problem-solving and critical-thinking skills related to chemistry learning. Divided into five units of study, each unit utilizes the scaffolded approach, enabling students to achieve foundational skill sets needed to progress to the next level of understanding. Every scientific discipline has its own unique language and symbols. Understanding chemistry depends on developing a knowledge of the chemical language and its symbols. In the Chemistry IA course, the chemical language and symbols are explored, as well as laboratory procedures and equipment. Based on problem solving, this course leads to a basic understanding of chemistry. Nearly every scientific discipline known, from astronomy to zoology, uses chemistry to achieve knowledge and understanding. 53 lessons, 1 semester. **Fast-Track available

CHEMISTRY 1B (Grades 10-12):

Chemistry IB is the second semester of a year-long study of chemistry that builds on the concepts and principles learned in Chemistry IA. The development of essential knowledge and skills of Chemistry, based on Next Generation Science Standards and State Standards, is the goal of Chemistry IB. Instruction is carefully designed to promote student engagement and understanding through real world examples, carefully focused lessons, and frequent checks for understanding with ongoing feedback. 25 lessons, 1 semester. **Fast-Track available

 

PHYSICS (Grades 11-12):

Physics is an advanced level science course that includes the introduction to physics concepts, mathematics as the language of physics, scalar and vector quantities, acceleration, Newton’s first law of motion, vectors, universal gravitation, mechanical advantage, thermal energy, types of waves, definition of sound, Snell’s Law, atoms, magnets, the unit of charge, Ohm’s Law, resistance, combined electrical circuits, how electricity is generated, and a brief review of astronomy. 29 lessons, 2 semesters. **Fast-Track available

 

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