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Physical Science – Using a textbook for an older child and living books for a younger child

This year we are continuing with CPO Physical, Earth, and Space Science.  This thick book will take us awhile to get through.  We started it towards the end of last school year and we are continuing it this year.  However, it is only part of our science studies since we are also spending time learning about invertebrates.

CPO labs are designed to be used with expensive lab equipment.  As a result, I’m adapting and substituting with more inexpensive labs when appropriate. I’ve also added many creative science challenges.

The 5th grader loves science so we are using a hefty book to help feed his hunger.  I tried approaching physical science without a textbook, but my knowledge base wasn’t strong enough to pull that off so we are using a textbook.  My 3rd grader is a highly creative visual-spatial learner.  He will be reading the books I’ve listed for him.  When he is done with reading he will have time to do projects on ideas he learned in the books or related to other science questions he has.

Because I know we won’t finish the book this year, I’ve only mapped out through chapter 10.  The CPO text has 28 chapters in total.  It is supposed to take an entire school year to complete if you spend 4-5 45 minute class periods each week.  We aren’t doing that.  We are spending a total of 4 hours per week on science, but it isn’t just on this textbook.

3.1 Position, Coordinates, and Maps

Investigation 3A:  Positive and Negative Position (5th and 3rd grader)

Read pg 51-59 and complete pg 60 (5th grader)
Check for Understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet 3.1 Latitude and Longitude (5th grader)
Map and Compass by Jacobson (3rd grader)

3.2 Topographic Maps

Investigation 3B: Topographic Mapping (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pg 61-64 and complete pg 65
Check for Understanding
Skill and Practice Worksheet 3.2 Topographic Maps

Egg Drop Contest (all kids)

Container must be no larger than 12x12x12 inches, no parachutes

Dropped from second floor of house to cement patio.

3.3 Bathymetric Maps

Read  pg 66-68 and complete pg 69 (5th grader)
Check for Understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet 3.3 Bathymetric Maps (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet 3.3 Tanya Atwater Biography (5th grader)
Complete chapter 3 Assessment pg 70-73 (5th grader)
Tracking Trash Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion – Burns (3rd grader)

4.1 Speed and Velocity

Read pages 74-79 and complete pg 80 (5th grader)Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet Speed (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet Vectors on a Map (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet Velocity (5th grader)
Speed and Acceleration by Somervill (3rd grader)
Speed and Acceleration by Spilsbury (3rd grader)

Balloon Blast-Off

Balloon blast-off http://pbskids.org/zoom/ activities/sci/balloonblastoff.html
Balloon Blast-Off

4.2 Graphs of Motion

Investigation 4A  – Use hot wheels track and car the distance traveled by the car.  Time is the amount of time it took for the car to travel to that spot.  Position is the distance away from the start.  Calculate speed for 6 different points on the track.

Backup:   http://sciencespot.net/Media/hotwheel.pdf (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pages 81-84 and complete pg 85 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Worksheet – Analyzing Graphs of Motion with Numbers (5th grader)
DK Car Science – Hammond (3rd grader)

4.3 Acceleration

Investigation 4B – Acceleration (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Use hot wheels track again and lab to figure acceleration of the hot wheels car.
Bill Nye Motion (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Read pg 86-92 and complete page 93 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)

Skill and Practice Worksheet Acceleration (5th grader)
Complete chapter 4 assessment pg 94-96 (5th grader)
Marvelous Machines Rides at Work (3rd grader)
The Biggest Thrill Rides by Mitchell (3rd grader)
High-Speed Thrills Acceleration and Velocity (3rd grader)

Ping-Pong Fling

Ping-Pong Fling Sciencewise 2 pg 155

5.1 Forces

Investigation 5A:  What is a Newton?
http://www.explorelearning.com /index.cfm?method=cResource.dspDetail &ResourceID=653 (sign up for free trial – copy and paste and remove the spaces)
Use this tool to complete the investigation – just use pumpkin and other items instead of washers.  Measure on Earth, the moon, and other planets. (3rd grader and 5th grader)
Read pg 97-105 and complete page 106 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Mass vs. Weight (5th grader)
Energy, Forces, and Motion Usborne (3rd grader)
Forces and Motion by Gardner (3rd grader)
Forces and Movement – Riley (3rd grader)

5.2 Friction

Investigation 5B Force and Fan Activity sheet and online http://www.explorelearning.com /index.cfm?method=cResource.dsp Detail&ResourceID=614 (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Read pg 107-112 and complete page 113 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Friction (5th grader)
Experiments with Friction by Tocci (3rd grader)
Friction and Resistance – Oxlade (3rd grader)
Bill Nye – Friction (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Racing Blimps

Racing Blimps – Sciencewise 2 pg 141

5.3 Forces and Equilibrium

Read pg 114-118 and complete page 119 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Equilibrium (5th grader)
Chapter 5 assessment 120-122 (5th grader)
Twists and Turns Forces in Motion – Lepora (3rd grader)
Hands-On Science Forces and Motion – Graham (3rd grader)

6.1 Newton’s First Law

Read pg 125-128 and complete page 129 (5th grader)
Check for understanding with me (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Isaac Newton (5th grader)
Isaac Newton by Philip Steele (3rd grader)
Cosmic Science – Wiese (3rd grader)
Bill Nye Gravity (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Bungee Jump

Bungee Jump

6.2 Newton’s Second Law

Investigation 6A Newton’s First and Second Laws
Eureka episodes 1-5 (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pg 130-134 and complete pg 135 (5th grader)

Check for understanding (5th grader)

6.3 Newton’s Third Law and Momentum

Investigation 6B Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
Watch http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=_sr3hBxu614
Watch http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=cP0Bb3WXJ_k& (5th grader and 3rd grader)
 Eureka episodes 6-10 (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pg 136-142 and complete pg 143 (5th grader)

Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Momentum (5th grader)
Chapter 6 Assessment pg 144-146 (5th grader)

Marble Raceway Challenge

Marble Raceway – make it go down the stairs
Marble Raceway –make it go down the stairs

7.1 Force, Work, and Machines

Read pg 147-153 and complete pg 154 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Types of Levers (5th grader)
Levers, force, work, simple machines (3rd grader)
Levers by Glover (3rd grader)
Levers to the Rescue by Thales (3rd grader)
Science Experiments with Simple Machines – Nankivell-Aston (3rd grader)
Simple Machines – Hodge (3rd grader)
Bill Nye:  Simple Machines (5th grader and 3rd grader)

7.2:  Energy and the Conservation of Energy

Investigation 7A:  Energy in a System
Watch http://www.teachersdomain.org /asset/mck05_int_rollercoaster/
Watch http://www.teachersdomain.org /asset/phy03_vid_roller/
Eureka episodes 11-15 (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Investigation 7B:  Work and Energy
Explore toys that have work translated into potential energy that is not gravitational (pressure, compression, elastic). (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Investigation 7B:  Work and Energy
Bill Nye Energy (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pages 155-165 and complete pg 166 (5th grader)

Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice James Prescott Joule (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Conservation of Energy (5th grader)
DK Can You Feel the Force? (3rd grader)
DK Energy by Woodford (3rd grader)

Door opener

Door Opener

7.3 Efficiency and Power

Read pages 167-170 and complete page 171 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Power in Flowing Energy (5th grader)
Chapter Assessment pg 172-174 (5th grader)
Dames Give Us Power – Hill (3rd grader)
Dams and Levees  by Hile (3rd grader)

8.1 The Nature of Matter

Read page 178-182 and complete pg 183 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Atoms  – Oxlade (3rd grader)

Water Filter

8.2 Temperature

Read page 184-188 and complete page 189 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Temperature Scales (5th grader)
Temperature by Woodford (3rd grader)
Temperature – Rand (3rd grader)

8.3 The Phases of Matter

Investigation 8A:
Watch melting point and freezing point demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKbBbOa8Ig8
Watch melting point http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzfMrz8TdVs (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read pages 190-194 and complete page 195 (5th grader)

Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Reading a Heating/Cooling Curve (5th grader)
Changing Materials Heating – Oxlade (3rd grader)
Experiments with Solids, Liquids, and Gases by Tocci (3rd grader)
Bill Nye:  Phases of Matter (3rd grader and 5th grader)
Investigation 8B:  Freezing Point of a Stable Mixture (need ice cream shell)
Use thermometer instead of temperature probe. (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Complete Chapter 8 assessment (5th grader)

The Leaning Tower

The Leaning Tower Sciencewise 2 pg 129
The Leaning Tower

9.1 Heat and Thermal Energy

Investigation 9A:  Temperature and Heat
Make aluminum cube from soda can.  Make sure you have a measuring cup that measures in ml and a thermometer for hot and cold. (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Read pages 199-204 and complete page 205 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Specific Heat (5th grader)
Fascinating Science Projects Heat and Energy – Searle (3rd grader)

9.2 Heat Transfer

Investigation 9B:  Convection in Earth’s Atmosphere
Need geobox made, incense (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Read pages 206-210 and complete page 211 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Heat Transfer (5th grader)
Complete chapter 9 assessment on pages 212-214 (5th grader)
Science Alive Heat – Lauw (3rd grader)

Rube Goldberg Invention

Rube Goldberg Invention

10.1 Density

Investigation 10A:  Density
Need large measuring cup, 6 identical objects, skip the cube portion of the lab, and large container with spout at the top. (5th grader and 3rd grader)

Read page 216-220 and complete page 221 (5th grader)

Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Density (5th grader)
The Properties of Liquids – Kjelle (3rd grader)
The Properties of Solids – Kjelle (3rd grader)
The Properties of Gases – Kjelle (3rd grader)

10.2 Properties of a Solid

Read pages 222-225 and complete page 226. (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)

Puff Mobile

10.3 Properties of Fluids

Read pages 227-232 and complete page 233 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Pressure in Fluids (5th grader)

10.4 Buoyancy

Investigation 10B – need stick of clay, measuring cups with ml (5th grader and 3rd grader)
Read pages 234-240 and complete page 241 (5th grader)
Check for understanding (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Archimedes (5th grader)
Skill and Practice Buoyancy (5th grader)
Complete chapter 10 assessment on pages 242-244 (5th grader)
Fun with Simple Science Liquid and Buoyancy – Taylor (3rd grader)

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