Science is an adventure in which everyone can take part! In this first semester course, the student will be participating in scientific investigations of many different forms including simple observations and experiments. Results from these investigations will provide information about the surrounding world. The McGraw-Hill textbook, -Science: A Closer Look-, and the science kit are the primary resources for this course. The opening unit examines volcano exploration and reviews the scientific method. The life science units examine the commonalities and differences among organisms. The Earth Science units provide an opportunity for the student to investigate the different land features on Earth, as well as how to care for Earth. In this course the student will observe seed growth, explore the effects of flooding on a riverbank, and 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 allows 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