Water, sunlight, wind, rocks, erosion all shape the ever-changing landscape in which we live. Throughout the year, we will study the physical environment that supports life on Earth and the forces that affect them over time. Children will explore the interactions between the living and non-living components of the world around us. Students will also practice important skills including: listening actively, asking questions, making and recording observations, and communicating findings.

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Materials to Gather Ahead

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Descriptions of Topics

Sunlight and Shadow

 students capture sunpower

Our exploration starts with the sun, the engine that powers Earth’s major systems. We’ll see how and why we experience day and night and the seasons, consider how sunlight supplies the energy for photosynthesis, fuels the water cycle, influences our weather and provides the right conditions for life.