Key Concepts - Science

Provided below are key concepts for each academic subject area. Concepts are listed by subject and grade and give additional insight into the curriculum and instruction for the College for Kids Program. Listed are the themes for each subject area, followed by the key learning concept which inspires the in class product that is created by the students. Also listed are the essential concepts that will be taught in the classroom.

3rd Grade Science
Too Hot
Key Learning
How is heat produced and how does a change of temperature indicate a change in heat?
Homemade Heater
Essential Concepts
  • Friction
  • Insulation
  • Solar Energy
  • Thermometers
  • Heat Transfer


4th Grade Science
Star Gazing
Key Learning

How can the physical attributes of stars, star patterns, and planets be compared?

Star Charts
Essential Concepts
  • Star Patterns
  • Planets
  • Constellations
  • Telescopes
  • Zodiacs




5th Grade Science
The Destruction Zone
Key Learning

How do constructive processes change our earth’s surfaces?

Essential Concepts
  • Deltas
  • Sand Dunes
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Faults