Programs by Topic

school programs by topic

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Body Science: Healthy Habits (K-2)

  • Identify that living things grow and change.
  • Understand that people need food for survival.
  • Explore the concept of nutrition and its importance for growth and function.
  • Investigate foods to learn how to make healthier choices.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.N.1.3, SC.K.L.14.1, SC.1.L.17.1, SC.2.L.14.1
  • LAFS: K-2.W.2.5, K-2.W.3.7-8, K-2.SL.1.1-3, K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5

Body Science: Cell Theory (3-5)

  • Identify that all living organisms are made of cells.
  • Investigate the structure and function of cells.
  • Explore the concept of cells as building blocks for tissues, organs, and body systems.
  • Identify some of the major body systems, organs within these systems, and how they function together.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.3, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.5.L.14.1
  • LAFS: 3-5.RL.2.4, 3-5.RF.3.3, 3-5.RF.4.4, 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Icky Squishy Matter (K-2)

  • Explore the concept of matter and its various states.
  • Discuss how chemistry is used in everyday life.
  • Observe a chemical reaction and phase changes.
  • Model safe laboratory procedures as students actively participate in making a take-home gooey concoction.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.N.1.1, SC.K.P.8.1, SC.K.P.9.1, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.2.P.8.2, SC.2.P.8.3, SC.2.P.9.1
  • LAFS: K-2.SL.1.1-3, K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5

Radical Reactions (3-5)

  • Review the definition of chemistry and matter.
  • Differentiate between chemical and physical reactions.
  • Incorporate steps of the scientific method through observation and experimentation.
  • Model safe laboratory procedures while recording and interpreting results.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.3, SC.4.N.1.6, SC.4.P.9.1, SC.5.P.9.1
  • LAFS: 3-5.RL.2.4, 3-5.RF.3.3, 3-5.RF.4.4, 3-4.RI.1.1-2, 3-5.RI.1.3, 3-5.RI.2.4, 3-5.W.1.2, 3-5.W.2.4, 3.W.3.8, 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Digging Deep: Fossil Hunt (K-2)

  • Define “fossil” and discuss fossil formation and types.
  • Work in teams in our sand site to uncover and identify fossils.
  • Discover the origin and identity of the fossils collected.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.N.1.1, SC.K.N.1.3, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.2.P.8.1
  • LAFS: K-1.RF.1.1, K-1.RF.2.2, K-2.RF.3.3, K-2.W.2.5, K-2.W.3.7-8, K-2.SL.1.1-3,K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5
  • MAFS: K.MD.1.1, K.G.1.1, 2.MD.1.1

Reasons for Seasons (1-2)

  • Identify that the Earth revolves around the sun.
  • Discuss how the sun provides energy in the form of light and heat.
  • Examine patterns in weather, comparing Florida to other areas in the U.S.
  • Construct and experiment with weather instruments.
  • NGSSS: SC.1.E.6.3, SC.2.E.7.1, SC.2.E.7.5
  • LAFS: 1-2.SL.1.1-3, 1.SL.2.4, 1-2.L.3.4-5

Rock and Erode (3-5)

  • Investigate the properties of rocks and identify the three rock groups.
  • Explore rock formation and stages of the rock cycle.
  • Experiment with a stream table to understand the effects of weather and erosion on rocks.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.P.8.3, SC.4.E.6.1, SC.4.E.6.4,  SC.5.N.1.5
  • LAFS: 3-5.RL.2.4, 3-5.RF.3.3, 3-5.RF.4.4, 3-4.RI.1.1-2, 3-5.RI.1.3, 3-5.RI.2.4, 3-5.W.1.2, 3-5.W.2.4, 3.W.3.8, 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Mineral Mystery (3-4)

  • Learn the properties of minerals.
  • Identify minerals and their uses in our daily lives.
  • Investigate basic techniques used to identify minerals with the use of test kits.
  • Record and interpret data to compare and identify unknown minerals.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.3, SC.3.N.1.6, SC2.N.1.7, SC.3.P.8.3, SC.4.E.6.2
  • LAFS: 3-4.RL.2.4, 3-4.RF.3.3, 3.RF.4.4, 3-4.RI.1.1-3,  3-4.RI.2.4, 3-4.SL.1.1, 3.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-4.L.3.4-6

StarLab: From Night to Day (K-2)

  • Identify that the sun provides energy in the form of light and heat.
  • Investigate the position of the sun in the sky as it appears to change throughout the day.
  • Explore the night sky in the Star Lab.
  • Construct a sky scope for continued exploration.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.E.5.2, SC.K.E.5.3, SC.K.E.5.4
  • LAFS: K-2.SL.1.1-3, K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5
  • MAFS: K.MD.1.1, K.G.1.1

StarLab: Moon and Stars (3-4)

  • Identify the sun as a star that emits energy.
  • Investigate the changes in the observable shape of the moon.
  • Observe the patterns of the night sky in our StarLab.
  • Explore the reasons why stars seem to shift across the sky.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.E.5.1, SC.3.E.5.2, SC.3.E.5.3, SC.4.E.5.1, SC.4.E.5.2, SC.4.E.5.3
  • LAFS: 3-4.SL.1.1, 3-4.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-4.L.3.4-6

StarLab: Exploring Our Galaxy (5)

  • Identify the objects which make up our galaxy.
  • Compare properties of the inner and outer planets.
  • Discuss the influence of gravity and energy in the formation of galaxies, stars, and solar systems.
  • Explore our solar system in our StarLab.
  • NGSSS: SC.5.E.5.1, SC.5.E.5.2, SC.5.E.5.3
  • LAFS: 5.RF.3.3, 5.RF.4.4, 5.RI.1.3, 5.RI.2.4, 5.W.2.4, 5.SL.1.1, 5.SL.1.3, 5.L.3.4

Magnet Investigations (K-2)

  • Identify properties of magnets using careful observation.
  • Work collaboratively to investigate the steps of the scientific process.
  • Participate in hands-on experiments with magnets.
  • Compare observations and ideas by sharing results with others.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.N.1.1, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.2.P.13.1
  • LAFS: K-2.SL.1.1-3, K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5

Good Vibrations (K-2)

  • Explore the concept of vibrations.
  • Identify that sound is caused by vibrations that travel in waves through different media.
  • Experiment at centers to understand how sound is made.
  • Construct a musical instrument for continued exploration back in the classroom.
  • NGSSS: SC.K.P.10.1, SC.1.N.1.1, SC.2.N.1.1
  • LAFS: K-2.W.2.5, K-2.W.3.7-8, K-2.SL.1.1-3, K-1.SL.2.4, K-2.L.3.4-5

Electrical Encounters (3-5)

  • Explore the concept of electricity and identify the different types.
  • Investigate static electricity in the form of lightning.
  • Examine current electricity by building circuits.
  • Experiment with materials to differentiate between conductors and insulators.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.P.10.1, SC.3.P.10.2, SC.4.P.10.1, SC.4.P.10.2, SC.5.P.10.1, SC.5.P.10.2, SC.5.P.10.4
  • LAFS: 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

3-2-1 Blast-Off: Forces and Motion (3-5)

  • Explore rockets and identify the parts.
  • Investigate Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
  • Identify types of energy and acting forces during a rocket launch.
  • Collaboratively work in pairs to construct and launch a water rocket.
  • NGSSS: SC.3.E.5.4, SC.4.P.10.2, SC.5.P.13.1
  • LAFS: 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3,3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Build It: Engineering (3-5)

  • Investigate the concepts of engineering by raising questions and experimenting in teams.
  • Record date in the form of simple charts.
  • Explore the idea that science does not always follow a rigid method.
  • Construct a model while using creativity and design skills.,
  • NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.3, SC.4.N.1.3, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.5.N.1.5
  • LAFS: 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Clues of the Past (3-5)

  • Investigate the use of present artifacts to make inferences about the past lives of Tequesta Native Americans.
  • Explore evidence and, generate science explanations.
  • Differentiate between an experiment, and other types of scientific explanations.,
  • Explore Florida history by discussing "trash mounds."
  • NGSSS: SC.3.N.1.6, SC.4.N.1.7, SC.5.N.1.2
  • LAFS: 3-5.SL.1.1, 3-5.SL.1.3, 3-4.L.2.3, 3-5.L.3.4, 3-4.L.3.5-6

Know Your Rock (1-2)

  • Learn what it means to make observations using one or more of the five senses.
  • Collectively describe an object in as much detail as possible.
  • Explore the definition of a rock by actively participating in “My Secret Rock.”
  • Discover different types of rocks in a rock dig.,
  • NGSSS: SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.E.5.3, SC.1.E.6.1, SC.2.E.6.2
  • LAFS: 1-2.W.2.5, 1-2.W.3.7-8, 1-2.SL.1.1-3, 1.SL.2.4-5, 1-2.L.3.4-5