This unit introduces your students to Earth, Physical, and Life Science topics, which they’ll explore while helping Maria, Sofie, Leo, and Daniel investigate the ways people and animals understand and use the world around them. They’ll experience and explain how light reflects from objects and enters the eyes, which allows the object to be seen. They’ll explore how animals use internal and external structures to live, grow, and survive in the world. They’ll learn about energy from natural resources and how their use by humans affects the environment. They’ll also research ways to decrease the impact of natural Earth processes on humans. Finally, they’ll design and compare multiple solutions that show how patterns can be used to transfer information.
Your students will also practice their social and emotional learning, such as self-regulation, persistence, empathy, self-awareness, and mindfulness with the main characters in the lesson stories.
Before your students begin this unit, we recommend the following to support their building and programming skills and prepare them for the challenges in this unit:
How Eyes See
Daniel finds something while exploring a dark cave. Can you help him see it better?
Maria sees an elephant eating. She wonders about ways elephants can use their trunks. Help her learn.
Sofie finds a wind turbine. She wonders how it gets energy. What are other ways to get energy from nature to use again and again?
Prepare for Natural Hazards
Leo knows some places have earthquakes. To keep people safe, help him design buildings that won’t be destroyed by earthquakes.