Grade 4 Big Ideas:
Through engaging lessons, students develop the skills and processes to work and communicate scientifically. Students participate in scientific experiments and hands-on labs that foster a greater understanding of living and nonliving organisms and environmental practices, and learn to classify information and draw conclusions based on their observations. Highlights include exploring the phases of matter; investigating the motion of Earth and the moon that cause observable patterns affecting living and nonliving systems; dissecting an owl pellet; and designing experiments that reflect students' discoveries about matter and energy transfer.
Students further develop the skills that allow them to work and communicate scientifically, participating in engaging scientific experiments and activities that allow them to analyze and share data they have collected. Highlights include human body systems (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, musculoskeletal); properties of simple machines and their force effects; solutions and solubility; and BC's natural resources, such as observing how Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as a natural resource.
This course introduces the foundations of biology, chemistry and physics. Using inquiry, comparison and problem-solving skills, students improve their scientific literacy and investigate the relationships between science and technology. Highlights include how body systems interact and specific functions of the nervous and endocrine systems; mixtures and their uses in society; exploring space, including the Milky Way and space-related technologies; and developing and applying Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. Grade 7
Big Ideas: Building on their understanding of scientific procedures, students participate in numerous experiments and hands-on activities, and engage in scientific discourse and critical analysis based on conclusions from their research and experiments. Highlights include preparing for the grade 7 science fair and exploring the following concepts: global climate change from a scientific perspective; how Earth developed and has changed; the relationships between elements, compounds, atoms and molecules; and the relationship between electricity and magnetism.