Beacon Unit Plan Library

Unit Plans - Learner Level 2: Science


  • A Television In My Room (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can students show that they are responsible? This unit integrates science, mathematics, and language arts contents to help students discover ways they can show they are responsible enough to have televisions in their rooms.

  • Bedlam in Bedrock (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Bedlam in Bedrock explores the Earth's surface and how it changes over time. Students perform experiments to discover how forces change the Earth's surface. Students create projects using reference materials to obtain information and use sketches, diagrams, and models to demonstrate understanding of scientific ideas.

  • Fun Photosynthesis! (Authored by Stephanie Callaway.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Give your students a chance to be the sun! Creative dramatics are used to internalize knowledge of the process of photosynthesis. Students analyze and predict the relevance of photosynthesis as it relates to the food chain and survival of all organisms. Students construct meaning and assimilate new learning through sentence mapping, drawing, writing activities, and acting-out opportunities. This mini-unit addresses the Marion County objective as follows: The student will describe the process of photosynthesis.

  • How Can We Move Our Principal? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Using the scenario of our principal needing our help to get around the school now that he/ she has a hurt foot, this unit combines the content of science with the skills of writing to entice students to become active learners. Students learn about simple machines and build a machine that affects human health or lifestyle. Students produce a report, published as a web page using the Beacon Learning Center SiteMaker, explaining their machines.

  • Inventions and Inventors (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this unit, students use a variety of references to read and organize information and demonstrate knowledge of selected significant people, their contributions to society, and ways the contributions impacted society. Contributions in the fields of communication and technology and significant scientific discoveries are explored. Timeline activities are included to promote understanding of order of events.

  • Outer Space and Cyber Space (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Space travel is an exciting adventure, but what is really out there in space? In this unit, students learn about our Solar System and compare and contrast characteristics of various planets. They explore mean, median, mode, and range and use these to further explore the characteristics of the planets. The sharing of information through expository writing, placed on the Internet as a Web page using Beacon’s SiteMaker tool, will bring outer space into cyber space.

  • The Inside Story -- Cells, Organs, and Systems of the Human Body (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: You know that the human body is a wonderful system of interrelationships, but have you wondered just how your body works? Through various activities, students learn that cells are the basic unit of life. Cells work together to form tissue. Tissues work together to form organs. Organs work together to form systems. The various parts and functions of our body systems are unveiled as students learn the relationships between our systems and how these relationships keeps us alive and well. Reading in the content area and study skills such as note taking, outlining, graphic organizers, and illustrating are learned as students gather and organize facts about the human body. Although the overall size of the unit appears overwhelming, a user friendly routine is quickly established. This routine allows for progression to higher order thinking skills while remaining student and teacher friendly as the unit is taught.

  • What Makes Me Who I Am? (Authored by Carolyn Garner.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this Beacon Unit Plan, students begin to understand who they are by first analyzing their genetics, and second, by taking a closer look into their cells and how these cells interact within the body. The students are formatively assessed throughout the unit in order to guide instruction and assess student understanding of the material. Finally, the students create a “What Makes Me Who I Am” picture book in which they explain to younger children the information they have discovered which makes them who they are. Created picture books are then shared with other students from lower grades.

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