Module 5-Science 4B - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module, students will learn about human nutrition and health. Students will learn about the life cycles of plants and animals. Students will learn about natural responses organisms have to their environments.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Human Nutrition and Health pen or pencil
crayons or colored pencils
2 Life Cycles pen or pencil
variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts (optional)
materials to create a seed display (optional)
drawing paper (optional)
crayons or colored pencils (optional)
long piece of paper or 3–4 pieces taped together (optional)
metric ruler (plastic) (optional)
index cards (optional)
markers (optional)
3 Natural Responses pen or pencil
blindfold (optional)
2 objects that are interesting to touch (optional)
2 objects that are interesting to taste (optional)
2 objects that are interesting to smell (optional)
2 objects that make sounds (optional)
deck of cards (optional)
small box, like a shoe box (optional)
scissors (optional)
cardboard or heavy paper to make dividers (optional)
tape (optional)
black paper (optional)
small bean plant (optional)

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Human Nutrition and Health
  1. Define and give examples of basic nutrients.
  2. Describe tools you can use to improve your health.
  3. List several key benefits of regular exercise.
2 Life Cycles
  1. Describe and provide examples of plant life cycles.
  2. Describe and provide examples of animal life cycles.
  3. Define the stages of the human life cycle.
  4. Describe the difference between learned and inherited traits.
3 Natural Responses
  1. Describe how the senses allow us to gather information about the world around us.
  2. Explain how internal and external cues influence behavior.
  3. Provide examples of the natural responses of plants.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
life cycle
learned trait
inherited trait
natural response
internal cue
external cue

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Human Nutrition and Health
  1. What does your body need to be healthy?
Life Cycles
  1. What is a life cycle?
Natural Responses
  1. What is a natural response?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Human Nutrition and Health Good Things First
  1. What are 5 things you learned about nutrition from this video?
Human Nutrition and Health Why Exercise?
  1. What are 5 things you learned about the benefits of exercising from this video?
Life Cycles The Plant Life Cycle
  1. What role do bees and insects play in the life cycle of a plant?
  2. What is fertilization?
  3. What is the fruit of a plant?
  4. Describe the life cycle of the plant.
Life Cycles Magic School Bus
  1. What are 5 things you learned from this video?
Life Cycles Metamorphosis
  1. What is metamorphosis?
  2. What is simple metamorphosis?
  3. What is complete metamorphosis?
  4. Describe the life cycles of insects.
Natural Responses Body Systems and Senses
  1. What controls our senses?
  2. What protects the brain?
  3. What is the brain connected to?
  4. What is the spinal cord?
  5. Where is the spinal cord located?
  6. What protects the spinal cord?
  7. What is at the end of nerves?
  8. How are messages sent through the nerves?
Natural Responses The Magic School Bus: In the City Video
  1. How do wild animals survive in a city (Give examples using the wild animals that were featured in this video)?
Natural Responses Migration
  1. What is migration?
  2. Why do animals migrate?
  3. Describe the journey the monarch butterfly makes when migrating: Where do they go?
  4. How far do they travel?
  5. What dangers do they face?
Natural Responses Plant Responses
  1. Describe three plants from the video that move when touched by a person or an insect.
  2. Include the name of the plant and how they move.
  3. What do some plant leaves and flowers do at night?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Are You What You Eat? DK
2 Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition Lizzy Rockwell 740L
3 Animal Life Cycles: Growing and Changing Bobbie Kalman IG580L
4 The Amazing Life Cycle of Plants Kay Barnham 501L
5 Migration Gail Gibbons

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing