The last year of elementary school, 5th grade is an important time for students to cement the skills they have gained throughout the upper grades and develop them even further in preparation for middle school. Fifth grade is about helping students practice, refine, and grow their skills, taking all that they have learned to the next step. Fifth graders build on what they learn in 4th grade by thinking and analyzing in deeper ways about what they learn and read. They also write structured, clear, and detailed pieces. Additionally, fifth graders are encouraged and expected to be more independent in their learning, requiring less guidance and support from adults and teachers. For example, when a student is asked to research a topic, they should be able to know what to do and how to accomplish this goal. They certainly may need the assistance of a teacher throughout the research, but have acquired the basic tools to do so on their own. - Scholastic
5th Grade Domains:
CC.5.CC: Counting & Cardinality
CC.5.OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
CC.5.NBT: Number and Operation in Base Ten
CC.5.MD: Measurement and Data
CC.5.NF: Numbers and Fractions
4th Grade Mathematical Practices:
CC.5 - 12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
CC.5 - 12.MP.2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively
CC.5 - 12.MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique reasoning of others
CC.5 - 12.MP.4: Model with mathematics
CC.5 - 12.MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically
CC.5 - 12.MP.6: Attend to precision
CC.5 - 12.MP.7: Look for and make use of structure
CC.5 - 12.MP.8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
Chemistry is the study of the structure of matter and the changes or transformations that take place within those structures. Learning about the properties and behaviors of substances and systems of substances gives us knowledge about how things go together and how they can be taken apart and gives us the opportunity to use and develop models that explain phenomena too small to see directly. Learning about changes in substances can lead to the development of new materials and new ways to produce energy and resources such as clean drinking water.
The Mixtures and Solutions Module has five investigations that engage students with the phenomena of matter and its interactions in our everyday life—mixtures, solutions, solubility, concentration, and chemical reactions. The driving question is what is matter and what happens when samples of matter interact? Students come to know that matter is made of particles too small to be seen and develop the understanding that matter is conserved when it changes state—from solid to liquid to gas—when it dissolves in another substance, and when it is part of a chemical reaction.
The Earth and Sun Module has students starting with the third planet from the Sun, Earth, as ti travels around the Sun in a nearly circular orbit at a distance of about 150 million kilometers. Earth is water rich, with 71% of the planet’s surface covered with water. It is surrounded by a shallow atmosphere of nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%), and small amounts of a lot of other gases.
The anchor phenomena students investigate in the Earth and Sun Module are the patterns observed in the sky over a day, a month, a year, and more, and their effect on Earth. The driving question for the module is how do Earth’s geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to create a sustainable environment for life?
The final Life Science Module has students observing the physical characteristics and behavioral properties of Meal Worms.
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