February - Where do we see electricity in daily life? What examples of static electricity have you seen in daily life? Do opposite charges built up on different items attract or repel each other? Describe how static electricity becomes lightning. What elements are necessary to form an electrical circuit? What components can you add to an electrical circuit? Compare objects that are conductors to objects that are insulators.January - What are magnets? What different types of magnets are there? Compare different magnets' ability to attract and repel other magnets. Compare different magnets' ability to push and pull objects they are not touching. What does a magnet's magnetic field look like? Compare a permanent magnet to an electromagnet. Describe how the magnetic field of Earth and a magnet are similar. What is a compass and how does it work? November/December - What in the world is matter? What isn't? What different states of matter are there? Describe matter in its different states. Describe the atoms of different states of matter. Describe a physical change in matter. What evidence do you have that a physical change has occurred? Describe a chemical reaction of matter. What evidence do you have that a chemical reaction has occurred? September/October - What is Heredity? What traits are inherited by offspring from their parents? What characteristics are learned behaviors? Describe the life cycle of an organism that does not initially resemble its parents. Describe characteristicsthat give a species a survival advantage in a particular environment. What will/did you see at the aquarium on October 4?
August - What is the Scientific Method? Why and how do I use the Scientific Method?