Science 1

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

Students learn to perform experiments and record observations, and understand how scientists see the natural world. They germinate seeds to observe plant growth, and make a weathervane. Students will explore topics such as:

  • Matter—states of matter; mixtures and solutions
  • Weather—cloud formation; the water cycle
  • Animal Classification and Adaptation—insects; amphibians and reptiles; birds; mammals
  • Habitats—forests, deserts, rain forests, grasslands, and more; naturalist John Muir and conservation
  • Oceans—waves and currents; coasts; coral reefs and kelp forests; oceanographer Jacques Cousteau
  • Plants—germination, functions of roots, stems, flowers, chlorophyll, and more
  • Human Body—major systems; Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor
  • Light—how light travels; reflections; inventor Thomas Edison
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Course Outline

Acting Like a Scientist

  • Learn how to use tools and equipment to measure distance in centimeters, mass in grams, volume in milliliters, and temperature in degrees Celsius
  • Follow steps in the scientific process
  • Compile data in tables, draw graphs, and interpret results


  • Identify matter as a solid, liquid, or gas
  • Explain the properties of each type of matter
  • Learn about the relative motion of molecules in each state
  • Demonstrate that matter can change states by heating or cooling
  • Become familiar with mixtures, solutions, and surface tension

Everyday Weather

  • Understand what causes the seasons
  • Construct a rain gauge and weather vane to measure weather conditions
  • Use equipment to record observations on a weather calendar
  • Learn about cloud formation, cloud type, precipitation, condensation, evaporation, and the water cycle

Animal Classification

  • Classify major animal groups according to their identifying characteristics
  • Study mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and fish


  • Discover how animals use their characteristics to thrive in their environment
  • Learn how to infer what animals eat from the shapes of their teeth
  • Study animal defense and behavior


  • Learn to recognize plants and animals common to a variety of habitats
  • Study food chains
  • Learn about endangered plants and animals
  • Read about John Muir’s tireless work to preserve the wilderness

Oceans and Undersea Life

  • Discover the diversity and dangers of the oceans
  • Explore tide pools and the depths
  • Find out how waves and currents move
  • Read about the life and major accomplishments of Jacques Cousteau

Light Up Your Life

  • Explore how light behaves
  • Investigate how light reflects off different surfaces
  • Demonstrate how light travels in straight lines
  • Classify objects according to how much light the objects transmit
  • Learn about Thomas Edison’s life and his major achievements

The Human Body

  • Become familiar with the major systems of the human body
  • Learn about Elizabeth Blackwell’s determination to become the first woman to earn a medical degree

Our Green World

  • Study the functions of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds
  • Examine fibrous and tap roots
  • Observe stems transporting water from roots to leaves
  • Dissect and germinate seeds
  • Match fruits to seeds
  • Learn that flowers turn into fruit
  • Learn that chlorophyll is the substance that allows plants to manufacture food
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Number of Lessons and Scheduling

60 minutes

You might choose to split the lessons into smaller segments and take a break between investigations. The K12 online lesson tracking system allows you to pick up wherever you left off in any given lesson.

Total Lessons: 72

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling