Science - Weather and Water
The FOSS Weather and Water Course focuses on Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and water. Students will delve into topics that may seem unrelated to weather, including a good dose of physics and a bit of chemistry. A good understanding of meteorology as an earth science isn’t complete without an introduction to concepts that cross into these disciplines.
Understanding weather is more than reading data from a weather center. Students need to grapple with ideas about atoms and molecules, changes of state, and heat transfer before they can launch into the bigger ideas involving air masses and fronts, convection cells and winds, and the development of severe weather.
Earth’s atmosphere is composed of a variety of gases, with nitrogen and oxygen the most abundant. But Earth wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for one keystone gas, water vapor, a relatively small and variable component of the atmosphere. Without water vapor and its liquid and solid forms, both on the surface and in the atmosphere, there would be no weather. There would be neither clouds nor precipitation. If precipitation didn’t occur, we wouldn’t have runoff to create the streams and rivers that erode mountains, deposit deltas, and replenish lakes and oceans. An atmosphere without water vapor would be an alien and hostile place. The importance of water on Earth is a major element of this course
Reading - Bud, Not Buddy
Bud Not Buddy Review
Students will read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul. Curtis. As they read this text, they will learn how to closely examine characters and analyze their development over time. Students will also learn to identify themes, characteristics of historical fiction, and conduct short research projects to build background knowledge of the text’s setting.
Character Analysis Essay – Write a five paragraph essay describing Bud’s development from the beginning of the story to the end. What were the causes/events of the change? Identify 3-4 significant events in the novel that reflect a turning point for Bud. Be sure to discuss how the relationships he had
Social Studies - The Ancient Israelites
The First Israelites
The 12 tribes of Israel in the land of Canaan traced their ancestry to Abraham. The Israelites believed in one God.
The Kingdom of Israel
Under David and Solomon, the people of Israel built a powerful kingdom with a new capital in Jerusalem.
The Growth of Judaism
The Jews continued to keep their religion even though other people ruled them. They settled in many places in Asia, Europe, and Africa.