3rd - 5th Grades


During this yearlong class, students will learn important concepts from the three main branches of science: Life, Physical, and Earth. With a tri-method curriculum, student will focus on hands-on science labs and activities in the classroom and digital lessons at home. Students will also use a textbook that doubles as their workbook to reinforce and enrich important concepts. This class will utilize the Fusion Science 5th grade text but there will be supplements and modification for 3rd and 4th students. 

ScienceFusion builds inquiry and STEM skills in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, and while using the science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs, hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develop important critical-thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. A list of the topics that will be covered over the year is shown below:

Unit 1: How Scientists Work

Unit 2: The Engineering Process

Unit 3: Cells to Body Systems

Unit 4: Living Things Grow and Reproduce

Unit 5: Ecosystems

Unit 6: Energy and Ecosystems


Unit 7: Natural Resources (teacher provides)

Unit 8: Changes to Earth’s Surface

Unit 9: The Rock Cycle

Unit 10: Fossils

Unit 11: Earth’s Oceans

Unit 12: The Solar System and the Universe

Unit 13: Matter

Unit 14: Light and Sound

Unit 15: Forces and Motion




Each meeting we will do a lab based off the Unit Study in the book.

Students will need to be able to:cut, paste, glue, fold, and follow directions

Students will need to: Have access to internet for

Christina Taylor


Phone: (530) 718-8369
Email: urbanartsyouth@gmail.com

Course Details

Day: Mon
Period: 1

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $120
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required


  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 054771937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547719375

Science Fusion 5th grade Volume 2. units 8-15

Please DO NOT get the Florida or Texas version



Other Materials:

An online account for Schoology. I will provide students with classroom code at the start of the semester. 

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: No

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

I have always had a love for learning every since I was a child.  I have studied dance since the age of two: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, World Dance styles, and Hip-Hop. I received my B.A. in Multicultural Education from Sonoma State University and began working as a Program Coordinator for at-risk youth.  It was an amazing experience and it solidified my desire to serve the youth.  

Over the past 20 years I have had the opportunity to teach k-12th grade and community college courses.  This has given opportunity to work with a variety of families and students. During my 20 year journey I was trained in Behavioral Management and have worked specifically with children on the Autism spectrum.  This training has allowed me to serve as a special education aide as well as in-home behavioral services and case management.  

I'm also a mother of two children who I have homeschooled, my son 16 and my daughter 5.  It is very important to me that I provided students with room to create, question, explore, and grow in an environment that strengthens their academics.