Studying science helps us understand the world around us as well as the world that existed before us. The McGraw-Hill textbook, -Science: A Closer Look-, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The student will study the major branches of science as he performs hands on activities. The Earth science units investigate Earth's weather patterns and seasons as well as the solar system. The physical science units analyze changes in matter and explore different forms of energy. In this course, the student will compare the strength of different magnets, analyze the affect of sunlight on temperature, and do much, much more! 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 allow the student to engage the new concepts he encounters 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