5th Grade Science Syllabus

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5.1 Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

  • plan and conduct investigations using the scientific method
  • identify items using a classification key
  • make accurate measurements of length, mass, volume, and elapsed time using basic tools
  • collect, record, and report data using the appropriate graphical representation
  • make predictions using patterns and graphical data
  • identify manipulated and responding variables

5.5 Living Systems

  • draw, label, and describe the essential parts of an animal cell
  • draw, label, and describe the essential parts of a plant cell
  • compare and contrast plant and animal cells
  • describe the functions of animal cell parts
  • describe the functions of plant cell parts
  • describe the characteristics used to classify organisms
  • classify organisms into the 5 kingdoms
  • classify plants as vascular or nonvascular
  • classify animals as vertebrates or invertebrates

5.6 Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems (Oceans)

  • identify and describe the geological characteristics of the ocean floor
  • identify and describe the physical characteristics of the ocean
  • identify and describe the biological characteristics of ocean ecosystems
  • describe how public policy decisions affect the ocean environment

5.7 Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Changes (Geology)

  • draw and label the basic structure of the Earth's interior
  • draw and label the rock cycle, describe processes and rock types
  • compare and contrast  igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks
  • infer plausible changes in the Earth over time based on fossil evidence
  • differentiate among the 3 types of tectonic boundaries
  • relate plate tectonics to the changing surface of the Earth and ocean floor
  • compare and contrast the origin of earthquakes and volcanoes
  • differentiate between weathering and erosion
  • describe how people change the Earth's surface

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5.4 Life Processes (Matter)

  • investigate and describe the properties of matter
  • draw and label the parts of an atom
  • compare and contrast elements, compounds, mixtures, and solutions
  • describe how heat affects the states of matter

5.2 Force, Motion, and Energy (Sound)

  • draw and identify the parts of a sound wave
  • describe the ability of different media to transmit sound
  • identify and describe the use of communication tools

5.3 Force, Motion, and Energy (Light)

  • draw and label the parts of a light wave
  • name the colors of the visible spectrum
  • explain the relationship between wavelength and the color of light
  • compare and contrast reflection and refraction
  • identify and describe the uses of common optical tools
  • compare and contrast transparent, translucent, and opaque objects
  • analyze and describe the effects of a prism on white light
  • describe historical contributions in understanding light
  • review 4th grade science SOLs