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UNIT 1: ALL ABOUT DIRECTIONS

Directions
This unit will focus on the discovery of directions. While there are some step-by-step directions to follow in these lessons, we’re going to start by investigating left, right, up, and down. In the lessons, we’ll navigate to the Cardinal Directions: North, South, East, and West. We’ll stop along the way and expand our knowledge by looking at a variety of scientific areas including basic physics, biology, and astronomy.
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WHICH WAY DO WE GO?

Has anyone ever asked you how to get somewhere? At your house it might be, “Where’s the kitchen?” At school, someone might ask, “Where’s the Office?” Explaining how to get somewhere is an important skill. Using the right words can make it very easy to point someone in the right direction.

GOOD MORNING!

Some maps can be very fancy and we use special words to tell us directions on those fancy maps. As early as you can, go outside and take a look at the sky. Where’s the Sun? When the Sun comes up in the morning, we call that time sunrise.

AROUND AND AROUND

Many things spin. Have you ever been on a merry-go-round? Have you turned a doorknob to open a door? Is there a ceiling fan somewhere in your home? All of these things, and many others, spin around. How do you describe that motion? Let’s make a model of a clock, review telling time, and describe the movement of the clock’s hands.

THE NIGHT SKY

This two-day lesson introduces the fraction: one-quarter. We review earlier concepts: East, clockwise, and counter-clockwise. There is a connect-the-dots activity (which also reviews the alphabet) that introduces constellations in the night sky. It concludes with a night-time outdoor viewing session to see the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and the North Star on a clear night. Have a star party in your own back yard!

SUNSET

For most of us, the evening is a time to wind down from our day. In this lesson, we’ll make a Compass Rose, then turn toward the setting Sun to locate the West. We will learn about animals and plants that come out at night.

GATHERING DATA

Scientists keep track of their experiments by writing down what happened and when it happened. That information is called data. In this lesson, we look at a Data Table that shows the amount of daylight depending on the season. Then we create a Data Table of our own.

MIGRATION

Some animals move from one area to another when the seasons change. That movement is called migration. Animals migrate to follow the food. Let’s take a look at the Monarch Butterfly, a beautiful insect that migrates to our area every Summer.

CANADA GEESE

Let’s take another look at migration. If there’s a pond or lake near you, then you’ve probably seen Canada Geese. Many Canada Geese migrate every year. Learn about the goose and make your own 3D model of a flying Canada Goose!

EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD

Investigate the four main layers of our planet and discover Earth’s magnetic core. Then use a refrigerator magnet check if common household items are magnetic or not and record your observations in a data table.

MAKE A COMPASS

It’s not a needle in a haystack, but a floating needle that points you in the right direction. Make your own compass and find the four Cardinal Directions, then complete a Crossword Puzzle to review some of the directions that we’ve investigated.

UNIT 2: BACKYARD ECOSYSTEM

Backyard Ecosystem
In this unit we will take a look at some plants and animals and how they work together to give us all the food that we need for a healthy life. There will be make-at-home and outdoor activities to compliment the lessons.
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THE AMAZING BEE

Bees
Bees are important because they pollinate about 130 crops in the United States including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Learn some amazing facts about the honey bee, and identify some of the many parts of its body.

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION

Owl
People communicate with their entire bodies. Humans do not always need words. If someone is smiling, you know that they’re happy! Animals communicate with their bodies, too. They make gestures, movements, and vocal calls, and use their sense of smell and taste. Learn about how several animals communicate with each other!

PARTS OF A FLOWER

Flower
Learn more about flowers, and then make a model of your own. The best part about
this flower is that it will never wilt! Look around your house to see what you can use in your model. Be sure to get
permission first!

POLLINATION

Flower and Bees
Learn even more about flowers and how they are pollinated. You’ll have the opportunity to look around your yard for pollinators.

PARTS OF A PLANT

Sun and Plant
Learn about the different parts of a plant and why each one is important. Then go outside and find some plants for a fun art activity.

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Sun and Plant
Photosynthesis is the backbone of the most basic and necessary relationships on earth. This lesson will explain how plants do this amazing process and it all happens in your backyard.