5th Grade Science

Course Description

Semester A

Science 5 continues to build on the science skills that have been obtained in years previous. There will be an emphasis on earth and space science, life science, and physical science. Students will begin the course by focusing on earth and space science by looking at the solar system and planets. Students will come to an understanding of the concept of the earth as a sphere and the earth’s place in the solar system. The course continues with a focus on physical science and the different tools that can measure force, time, and distance. They will also grow in their understanding of how light and sound travel and interact with each other, as well as the different types of energy. The semester concludes with a look into life science and the ways that organisms are interconnected. Instruction will include real life application, hands-on projects and assessments, and video and short research projects.

Semester B

Semester B puts great emphasis on life science and begins by focusing on the many ecosystems of the earth and the way that all parts of ecosystems depend on each other. Students will learn the different types of ecosystems that exist. They will learn that ecosystems change and how the changes affect their ability to support their populations. Learners will examine plants to see that they have different structures and how those structures allow them to respond to different needs. Students will also grow in their understanding of the importance of good nutrition to all living organisms. The course concludes with a look into the scientific process and the importance of investigations and conclusions in the study of science. Instruction will include real life application, hands-on projects and assessments, and video and short research projects.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

5th Grade

Materials

Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

none

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (with assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Scientific Inquiry:
    • Ability and understanding of scientific inquiry
  • Physical Science:
    • Forces and Movement
    • Lights and Sound
    • Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
  • Life Science:
    • Energy and Food Chains
    • Producers and Consumers
  • Earth and Space Science:
    • The Earth
    • Objects in the sky
    • Changes in earth and sky
    • The solar system
    • The Stars and Sun
  • Science and Technology:
    • Natural objects vs. objects made by humans
    • Understanding about science and technology

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Scientific Inquiry:
    • Ability and Understanding of Scientific Inquiry
  • Life Science:
    • Ecosystems
    • Plants: Stems and Transportation
    • Plants: Photosynthesis
    • Plants: Reproduction
    • Nutrition
    • Cell Division
  • Science and Technology
    • Natural Objects vs. Objects Made by Humans
    • Understanding Science and Technology