Science provides a way for people to actively learn about the world around them. Throughout this course the student will perform hands-on activities to explore organisms and habitats and examine the composition of Earth. The McGraw-Hill textbook, -Science: A Closer Look-, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The Earth science units explore the seasons and the solar system. The physical science units investigate changes in matter and energy. The student will also explore the scientific method and different careers in science. In this course, the student will investigate which liquids flow faster, how water can change from a liquid to a gas, create a weather chart, and delve into many more exciting experiments. The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student's education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allows the student to engage the new concepts through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.
Student participation in this course is documented by the following:
- Coursework submissions recorded by the learning management system.
- Participation verified by the virtual education teacher for time spent working offline.
- Academic-based communication between the student and virtual education teacher or learning coach and virtual education teacher.
- Synchronous time with the class, a group or the virtual education teacher recorded by the learning management system or teacher.
- The virtual education teacher verifies participation in the course 1-3 times a week.
- Virtual education teacher verifies participation 1 to 3 times weekly