• Food Chains & Environmental Influences

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 4/22/2019

    Food Chains & Environmental Influences


    In this unit, students will be studying:

    • Energy Sources of Human Animals - Where do humans get their energy from? What is a food chain? What is a food web?
    • Flow of Energy from the Sun - How is the flow of energy from the Sun transferred through a food chain?
    • Environmental Influences - How are plants and animals in Florida different from plants and animals in different regions? What are some ways that humans, animals, and plants impact our environment? How do invasive species impact our environment?



    Herbivore - An animal that eats plants to survive.

    Carnivore - An animal that eats other animals to survive.

    Omnivore - An animal that eats plants and other animals to survive.

    Predator - An animal that hunts other animals for food.

    Prey - Aniamls that other animals hunt for food.

    Invasive Organism - A plant or animal that does not belong in a place and harms it.

    Conserve - to use resources in a careful way.

    Recycle - to use something again.

    Pollution - A harmful substance that people put into the air, water, and soil.


    Online Resources

    Study jams - Ecosystems

    Study Jams - Food Chains

    Study Jams - Food Webs

    Study Jams - Changes in Ecosystems








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  • Life Cycles & Heredity

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 3/24/2019

    Life Cycles & Heredity


    In this unit, students will be studying:

    • Reproduction of plants - how seeds are dispersed, the parts of a plant, fertilization, pollination, and germination
    • The life cycle of Florida animals - Florida animals and the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis
    • Heredity - What is the difference between inherited and learned behaviors, and how an environment affects the characteristics of plants and animals.




    Conifer - a seed plant that reproduces with cones. 

    Pollination - the movement of pollen from a stamen to a pistil or from a male cone to a female cone.

    Fertilization - when an egg and a sperm cell join.

    Seed dispersal - when the seeds of a plant are carried to a new place.

    Life cycle - all the stages a living thing goes through as it grows and reproduces.

    Inherited - characteristics passed down from parents to offspring.

    Metamorphosis - A series of major changes in an animal's body form during its life cycle.

    Larva - A young animal with a body form way different from the adult.

    Pupa - the stage in which the body form of a young animal changes from the larva to the adult.

    Nymph - the stage in which the young animal looks like the adult.

    Heredity - the passing of traits from parents to their offspring.


    Websites & Online Resources

    StudyJams - Flowers

    StudyJams - Plants with Seeds

    StudyJams - Seeds in Cones

    StudyJams - Plant Adaptations








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  • Earth Processes

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 1/7/2019

    Earth Processes


    In this unit, students will be studying:

    • Rock Cycle - The categories of rocks, how to identify minerals, and how rocks are formed.
    • Natural Resources - The uses of natural resources, what are renewable and nonrenewable resources, and the major resources in Florida.
    • Physical Weathering - What is weathering and erosion.




    Weathering - The breaking apart, wearing away, or dissolving of rock.

    Sediment - Material that comes from the weathering of rock.

    Abrasion - The scraping away of materials.

    Erosion - The picking up and moving of sediment to a new place.



    Mineral - A solid, nonliving material that forms in nature.

    Property - Something about an object that you can observe with your senses.

    Grains - Small mineral or rock pieces.

    Igneous Rock - Rock that forms when melted rock cools and hardens.

    Sedimentary Rock - Rock that forms when small pieces of rock and other materials settle and get squeezed or cemented together.

    Metamorphic Rock - Rock that has been changed by heat or pressure.



    Natural Resources- Materials that are found on Earth that people use.

    Renewable Resources - Materials that are continually being replaced and will not run out.

    Nonrenewable Resources - Materials that cannot be replaced quickly enough to keep from running out.

    Ore - rock that contains metal.

    Fossil Fuel - A source of energy that formed from the remains of things that lived millions of years ago.


    Websites & Online Resources

    StudyJam - Weathering & Erosion

    StudyJam - The Rock Cycle

    StudyJam - Igneous Rocks

    StudyJam - Sedimentary Rocks

    StudyJam - Metamorphic Rocks

    StudyJam - Minerals

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  • Weathering & Erosion Videos

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 1/7/2019









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  • The Earth, Moon, and Sun

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 11/5/2018

    In this unit, students will be studying:

    • Stars - The patterns they make and how the seasons affect the stars we see
    • Moon - The 4 basic phases of the moon
    • Earth - The revolution and rotation of the Earth, how long each takes, and its affects on seasons and day/night.
    • Space Research & Technology - The affect of space research and exploration on Florida, and the technology tools used to see objects in space.


    • Do patterns of stars in the sky stay the same?
    • How do seasons affect the stars we see?
    • What are the four phases of the moon?
    • How long oes it take the Earth to revolve around the sun?
    • How long does it take the Earth to complete one rotation on its axis?
    • How does Earth's rotation relate to day/night?
    • How does space research and exploration affect Florida's culture and economy?
    • How do we use technology tools to see small and large things?


    • Rotate - To spin around
    • Axis - An imaginary line around which Earth spins.
    • Revolve - To move around another object.
    • Phase - A lighted part of the moon as it appears from Earth.













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  • Unit 5: Forces and Motion

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 10/22/2018

    Unit 5: Force and Motion

    Essential Questions:

    • What are types of forces?
    • What kinds of forces affect the motion of a given object?
    • How can forces cause objects to move?
    • How does the mass of an object affect the object's motion?
    • Why do still objects remain still even when force is applied?


    • Position - is where an object is located.
    • Motion - is a change in an object's position.
    • Force - is a push or a pull.
    • Direction - i sth epath of an object in motion.
    • Distance - is the amount of space between two places.
    • Speed - is the distance an object moves in a periods of time.






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  • Unit 4: Forms of Energy

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 9/26/2018

    UNIT 4: Forms of Energy

    Essential Questions:

    • What is energy?
    • What are some forms of energy that you use every day?
    • How can water and air be used as sources of energy?
    • What are sources of electrical energy?
    • How does heat transfer from one object to another?
    • What types of material conduct heat best?
    • How is energy transfered?
    • What causes sound?
    • What is the relationship between sound and pitch?


    Energy - is the ability to do work or cause a change.

    Heat Energy - is the flow of energy from a warmer object to a cooler one. 

    Light Energy - is energy that can be seen. 

    Electricity - is the energy that flows through wires.

    Sound - is a form of energy that you hear. 

    Pitch - is show high or low a sound is.

    Vibrate - is a rapid, back-and-forth movement.


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  • Unit 2: Properties of Matter

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 8/20/2018

    Unit 3: Properties of Matter

    Essential Questions:

    • How can the physical properties of an object be determined?
    • What tools can assist you when you compare and ocntrast properties of matter?
    • How can temperature affect matter?
    • How can you measure different kinds of matter?
    • What materials will dissolve in water?
    • What materials will not dissolve in water?
    • How can you speed up or slow down the dissolving process?
    • How can mixtures of solids be separated?
    • How are physical and chemical changes affected by temperature?


    • Matter - anything that has mass and takes up space.
    • Mass - the amount of matter in an object.
    • Volume - the amount of space something takes up.
    • Property - something about an object that you can observe with your senses.
    • Solid - matter that has a definite shape and volume
    • LIquid - matter that has a definite volume and takes the shape of its container
    • Gas - matter that spreads to fill a space.
    • State of Matter - the forms in which a material can exist
    • Magnet - an object able to pull some metals toward itself.
    • Magnetism - a force created by magnets that pulls some metals.
    • Attract - to pull toward.
    • Pole - the part of the magnet where the force is the strongest.
    • Repel - to push away.

    Other important vocabulary terms:

    • Evaporation
    • Melting
    • Condensation
    • Water Vapor
    • Texture
    • Hardness
    • Odor
    • Color
    • Atoms
    • Mixture













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  • UNIT 2: Nature of Science & The Scientific Method

    Posted by Bronwyn Chen on 8/15/2018



    This unit begins our study of science. In class we will discuss what it means to be a scientist, what scientists do, and how they conduct investigations. This unit is embeded throughout all units during the school year.


    Unit Essential Questions

    • How do I conduct an experiment using appropriate tools, observations and evidence?
    • Why is it important to compare results/methods from multiple groups?
    • How do scientists use models in science?
    • How are good scietific investigations produced?
    • What tools do scientists use?
    • Why is safety important when conducting an experiment?

    Key Terms

    • Scientific Method
    • Investigation
    • Inquiry
    • Hypothesis
    • Procedure
    • Evidence
    • Data
    • Conclusion
    • Explanation
    • Model
    • Critical Thinking
    • Analyze
    • Critique
    • Safety
    • Tools
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  • STEAM Showcase Project (Unit 1)

    Posted by BRONWYN CHEN on 8/14/2018

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    STEAM Showcase Project

    August - November


    During this project students will be working on their STEAM Showcase. They will be exposed to examples and will work on their own weekly. Students will explore scientific investigations that feature the fundamentals of science but also go beyond the traditional steps of the scientific method. Scientific investigations that involve observations, creativity, predictions, ingenuity, and inferences will allow students to gain insight into the practice of science. Assessing written scientific procedures, determining the effect of control groups on experiments, differentiating between variables in experiments, and discriminating findings within trials will give students the experience of working scientists. Students will keep records, interpret and analyze data in order to demonstrate scientific explanations based on experimental results.



    • Students can follow the scientific method to create a STEAM Showcase project.
    • Students can identify aspects of the scientific method.
    • Students can create a STEAM log.
    • Students can explain that the scientific method is not always followed in sequential order.



    • Scientific Method
    • Observation
    • Analyze 
    • Valid
    • Experiment
    • Investigation
    • Testable
    • Reliable
    • Evidence
    • Inference
    • Measurement
    • Control Group
    • Hypothesis
    • Repeatable
    • Variable
    • Data
    • Predict
    • Data
    • Predict
    • Trials
    • Conclusion


    *More information will be provided about this as we begin our projects. Please keep an eye out for requests for supplies for our investigations and experiments!

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