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Ch 1: Science Basics for Elementary School

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The lessons in this chapter aim to teach elementary and middle school students the basics of science. Pupils can explore several scientific processes and practice what they've learned by completing examples. Quizzes measure their grasp of the facts.

Science Basics for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Allow your elementary or middle school student to build upon what he or she has learned about science through standard classroom assignments. When this flexible, creative program of study is utilized, pupils can achieve a greater understanding of scientific terms, graphs, definitions and much more.

The chapter's video lessons are animated and information-rich, but short and entertaining enough to capture the attention of your student. Text lessons sometimes include bold key terms and they're just as informative as video lessons. Regardless of format, the lessons include quizzes, worksheets and a course tab that links to related content.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What Does a Scientist Do? - Lesson for Kids The roles and responsibilities of scientists are explored throughout this lesson.
Types of Scientists: Lesson for Kids Students are taught about the work of different kinds of scientists.
Science Terms for Kids Within this lesson, various scientific terms are listed and defined.
Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definitions & Examples The meaning of the scientific method is discusses, along with examples.
Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process Students can explore the fundamentals of following the scientific method.
Hypothesis Lesson for Kids: Definition and Examples Here, a hypothesis is defined and its purpose explained to elementary and middle school students.
Variables in Science: Lesson for Kids This lesson identifies and defines different kinds of science variables.
Cause & Effect Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples Students can learn about the relationship between cause and effect.
Deductive Reasoning for Kids Deductive reasoning is defined, and students learn about the process of drawing conclusions.
Measurement Lesson for Kids Students are introduced to the process of taking measurements.
Units of Measurement Lesson for Kids The metric system and standard units of measure are explored.
Measurement Conversions Lesson for Kids The process of converting among units of measurement is explained to students.
What is a Graph? - Lesson for Kids Graphs are defined and examples displayed in this science lesson.
What is Volume in Science? - Lesson for Kids Students learn the definition of volume and discover how it's calculated.
The Golden Ratio Lesson for Kids This lesson defines the golden ratio and reveals how it can be expressed.
Understanding Time Zones Lesson for Kids Pupils are introduced to time zones that include Eastern, Pacific, Mountain and Central.
Electricity Safety Lesson for Kids The rules surrounding electrical safety practices are explored.
Home Safety Lesson for Kids: Tips & Checklist Elementary and middle school students are provided with ideas for remaining safe in their homes.
Lab Safety Rules Lesson for Kids Laboratory safety measures and their necessity are outlined in this lesson.
Safety Signs Lesson for Kids The importance of safety signs is the focus of this lesson.

35 Lessons in Chapter 1: Science Basics for Elementary School
What Does a Scientist Do? - Lesson for Kids

1. What Does a Scientist Do? - Lesson for Kids

You've probably heard of scientists, but what do they do? Well, scientists are people who love figuring out why things happen. You could be a scientist, too! Keep reading to learn more about scientists and how they perform their work.

Types of Scientists: Lesson for Kids

2. Types of Scientists: Lesson for Kids

The world is full of many wonders, and scientists explore and investigate everything around us. In this lesson, we will learn about different types of scientists who work to help us understand the mysteries of our world.

Science Terms for Kids

3. Science Terms for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn the meaning of science and three important words that go with it. Understanding what science is and how these three words are used can help you become a better science student.

Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

4. Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

What is science? You might think of experiments and mixing chemicals. Science is way more than that, though. In this lesson, we will talk about the scientific method. Then, we will look at a few examples of it in action.

Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process

5. Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process

Scientists use the scientific method to help them make sure their work is done the right way. But, how does the method actually work? This lesson will explain the scientific method's steps and processes.

Hypothesis Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

6. Hypothesis Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Doing science experiments can be fun! But before you start your experiment, you need to make a hypothesis. In this lesson, you'll read about an experiment about mold growing on food. You'll also learn what a hypothesis is and how you can make one.

Variables in Science Lesson for Kids

7. Variables in Science Lesson for Kids

Did you know science has its own language? Variables play a very important role in scientific experiments. In this lesson, learn what variables are, the different types of variables, and how they interact.

Cause & Effect Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

8. Cause & Effect Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Cause and effect are everywhere, including science. Come and learn about the definitions of cause and effect, as well as some examples within the real world and scientific texts.

Deductive Reasoning Lesson for Kids

9. Deductive Reasoning Lesson for Kids

Reasoning is a good way to convince someone to do something. There are two basic kinds of reasoning deductive and inductive. In this lesson we're going to look at deductive reasoning and how it can help you win an argument and be a better scientist.

Measurement Lesson for Kids

10. Measurement Lesson for Kids

It would be hard to imagine a world where you didn't know if you were going too slow or too fast or if you were tall or short. You will learn what measurement is and how to measure things in this lesson.

Units of Measurement Lesson for Kids

11. Units of Measurement Lesson for Kids

Have you ever used a ruler? Or stepped on a scale to see your weight? If so, you have measured something before! This lesson will talk about units of measurement and give the most common units for each measurement system we use.

Measurement Conversions Lesson for Kids

12. Measurement Conversions Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, learn how to convert measurement units so no one can trick you when you go buy your favorite soda. Discover the basic rule for conversion and how to convert weight, length and volume units.

What is a Graph? - Lesson for Kids

13. What is a Graph? - Lesson for Kids

Graphs are cool pictures that come in many different sizes and patterns. They range from bar graphs to line graphs. Discover what a graph is and all of the awesome types.

What is Volume in Science? - Lesson for Kids

14. What is Volume in Science? - Lesson for Kids

You may know of the many ways to talk about an object, from how tall it is to what color it is. But did you know that there's another way to describe an object? In this lesson, we will talk about volume.

The Golden Ratio Lesson for Kids

15. The Golden Ratio Lesson for Kids

The golden ratio is a special number that is used in many subjects, such as math and art. In this lesson, you will learn about the golden ratio and what it has been used for.

Understanding Time Zones Lesson for Kids

16. Understanding Time Zones Lesson for Kids

Have you tried to call or send a message to someone across the country or around the world? Calling a place far away from you can be difficult because the time of day might be different. In this lesson, we will explore time zones and why we have them.

Electricity Safety Lesson for Kids

17. Electricity Safety Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn why it is important to be safe around electricity. You will also learn ways to use electricity safely and what to do in case of emergencies.

Home Safety Lesson for Kids: Tips & Checklist

18. Home Safety Lesson for Kids: Tips & Checklist

One of the most important things in our lives is where we live. In this lesson, we will discuss some home safety tips that will help you keep you and your family safe. At the end is a handy checklist to help you make home safety easy!

Lab Safety Rules Lesson for Kids

19. Lab Safety Rules Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn how to stay safe when you are doing science lab experiments. Safety is very important when doing an experiment, because not being safe can be dangerous to you and your classmates.

Lab Safety Signs Lesson for Kids

20. Lab Safety Signs Lesson for Kids

There are plenty of opportunities for fun in the science classroom, but you also need to know how to be safe. In this lesson, we'll talk about 19 common safety signs found in the science classroom.

Scientific Notation: Lesson for Kids

21. Scientific Notation: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn about scientific notation as well as why and how we use it. We will also develop an understanding of what it means to have a positive or negative exponent in scientific notation.

Facts About Fire: Lesson for Kids

22. Facts About Fire: Lesson for Kids

Fire can be found inside or outside and used for many purposes. In this lesson, we'll find out what fire is used for, what makes fire burn and how hot fire can get. We'll also learn about fire safety.

Facts About Ice: Lesson for Kids

23. Facts About Ice: Lesson for Kids

People use ice in many ways during the course of their lives. Explore the advantages and disadvantages to water in its solid form, as well as some interesting facts about this seemingly simple everyday object.

Facts About Light: Lesson for Kids

24. Facts About Light: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn several interesting facts about light. You'll discover the characteristics of light and key definitions associated with light.

Light Waves Facts: Lesson for Kids

25. Light Waves Facts: Lesson for Kids

Light waves are all around you. In this lesson, you will learn about different kinds of light waves, how they work and how they are used every day. Explore this lesson to discover some surprising facts about light waves.

Metric Prefixes: Lesson for Kids

26. Metric Prefixes: Lesson for Kids

The metric system is the most widely used measurement system in the world, and it uses prefixes to show different values. Let's learn about the metric system as well as prefixes and what they mean.

Metric Units of Length: Lesson for Kids

27. Metric Units of Length: Lesson for Kids

How tall are you? If someone asked you that question, what would you say? If you answered that you were 147 centimeters, then you would be using the metric system. This lesson will teach you about measuring length using the metric system.

Independent Variable Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

28. Independent Variable Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

An independent variable is an important part of any scientific experiment. Learn what an independent variable is and explore some examples of independent variables in this lesson.

Dependent Variable Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

29. Dependent Variable Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn what a dependent variable is and how to tell which variable in an experiment is the dependent variable. We will also discuss some experiment scenarios to practice identifying the dependent variable.

Parts of a Microscope: Lesson for Kids

30. Parts of a Microscope: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will show you all the parts of the microscope. You will be directed how to find each part and what each is used for. Understanding what each part does and how it works will allow you to see amazing small things.

Microscope Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

31. Microscope Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

In this lesson, you'll learn about the history and key parts of an essential scientific tool: the microscope. Microscopes have been around for centuries, but they continue to be updated, allowing us to see things we never thought possible.

How to Use a Microscope: Lesson for Kids

32. How to Use a Microscope: Lesson for Kids

This lesson looks at how to effectively use a microscope. We'll look at the parts of a microscope and find out how, based on the lenses, we can figure out how much an object is being magnified by.

1st Grade Science Vocabulary Words

33. 1st Grade Science Vocabulary Words

Attention all first grade scientists! Science can be fun to learn about, but there are a lot of new words that you'll need to know in order to understand all of the fun and interesting science units in first grade. Come and learn some of these words in this lesson.

2nd Grade Science Vocabulary Words

34. 2nd Grade Science Vocabulary Words

Science in second grade is a lot of fun! There are many interesting topics to be studied and many new vocabulary words to be learned. Read on to find out about the topics and vocabulary that you will study in second grade!

Light and Dark: Lesson for Kids

35. Light and Dark: Lesson for Kids

If you have ever wondered about the fascinating science of light, then keep reading! In this lesson, you will learn where light comes from, how it travels in waves, and what makes darkness. Without light, you wouldn't be able to read this right now!

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