Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 - 2016 Unit Studies - Ready. Set. Grow

Monthly Unit Studies

2015 Science
  • September - Science - Anatomy and Physiology - Portia 
  • October - Life Science - Gardening 101 - Debbie and Mark 
  • November - Earth Science - Sun, Moon and Stars - Andrea 
  • December - Physical Science - Cynthai 
2016 Social Studies
  • January - American Heros - Andrea
  • February - American Heros - Andrea 
  • March - Economics - Camryn
  • April - Economics - Camryn
  • May - Geography - Samantha
  • June - Awards Ceremony & Yearbook - Andrea 
Here are the standards we are working with for our unit studies from Georgia's Performance Standards.

Anatomy and Physiology - Human Body
These standards are taken from Georgia's Performance Standards for Grades 9-12 Anatomy and Physiology Course. They are adapted for Kids Grades PreK-5th Grade.
SAP1. Students will analyze anatomical structures in relationship to their physiological functions.
a. Apply correct terminology when explaining the orientation of body parts and regions.
SAP2. Students will analyze the interdependence of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems as these relate to the protection, support and movement of the human body.
b. Explain how the skeletal structures provide support and protection for tissues, and function together with the muscular system to make movements possible.

Life Science - Gardening 101 
S2L1. Students will investigate the life cycles of different living organisms.
a. Determine the sequence of the life cycle of common animals in your area: a mammal such as a cat or dog or classroom pet, a bird such as a chicken, an amphibian such as a frog, and an insect such as a butterfly.
b. Relate seasonal changes to observations of how a tree changes throughout a school year.
c. Investigate the life cycle of a plant by growing a plant from a seed and by recording changes over a period of time.
d. Identify fungi (mushroom) as living organisms.

Earth Science - Sun, Moon and Stars 
S2E1. Students will understand that stars have different sizes, brightness, and patterns.
a. Describe the physical attributes of stars—size, brightness, and patterns.
S2E2. Students will investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the year.
a. Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.
b. Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or using a sundial.
c. Relate the length of the day and night to the change in seasons (for example: Days are longer than the night in the summer.).
d. Use observations and charts to record the shape of the moon for a period of time.
S2E3. Students will observe and record changes in their surroundings and infer the causes of the changes.
a. Recognize effects that occur in a specific area caused by weather, plants, animals, and/or people.

Physical Science 
S2P1. Students will investigate the properties of matter and changes that occur in objects.
a. Identify the three common states of matter as solid, liquid, or gas.
b. Investigate changes in objects by tearing, dissolving, melting, squeezing, etc.
S2P2. Students will identify sources of energy and how the energy is used.
a. Identify sources of light energy, heat energy, and energy of motion.
b. Describe how light, heat, and motion energy are used.
S2P3. Students will demonstrate changes in speed and direction using pushes and pulls.
a. Demonstrate how pushing and pulling an object affects the motion of the object.
b. Demonstrate the effects of changes of speed on an object.

Social Studies- American Heros 
SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.
a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author/ statesman),Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Independence),
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea (exploration), Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad), Theodore Roosevelt (National Parks and the environment), George Washington Carver (science).
b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation).
SS1H2 The student will read or listen to American folktales and explain how they characterize our national heritage. The study will include John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Annie Oakley.
SS1CG2 The student will explain the meaning of the patriotic words to America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful.

SSAAH1 The student will read about and describe the accomplishments of historical figures in American History .
a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Bayard RustinFrederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall.

SS1E1 The student will identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other. SS1E2 The student will explain that people have to make choices about goods and services because of scarcity. SS1E3 The student will describe how people are both producers and consumers. SS1E4 The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices

SS1G1 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS1H1a. SS1G2 The student will identify and locate his/her city, county, state, nation, and continent on a simple map or a globe. SS1G3 The student will locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
a. Locate all of the continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.
b. Locate the major oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
c. Identify and describe landforms (mountains, deserts, valleys, plains, plateaus, and coasts).