Grade 5 Science

What your child will learn and do in Grade 5 Science

In grade five, students use their sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and designed world (man made) to apply their thinking to scientific investigations and engineering design problems.  As students build on their learning from K-4, students form deeper connections between concepts; they do this through more independently using their science and engineering skills. Students are able to investigate and ask questions about their world, and are now able to begin analyzing their data using math and reasoning. Students construct explanations and arguments, using evidence (data) to explain phenomena (simple observable events) about how the real and the designed world work.  These experiences provide access for all students to develop scientific literacy and awareness as young citizens. Activities in these areas include:

 

  • Making observations and asking questions about the environment

  • Making predictions based on observed patterns such as objects in our sky

  • Using literacy and math skills to demonstrate their science understandings

  • Designing and conducting fair tests using controlled variables  

  • Using standard tools to collect and organize data

  • Researching and investigating the structure and properties of matter

  • Investigating the effects of chemical changes when heating, cooling or mixing of substances occur 

  • Designing and conducting experiments to determine how matter flows through an ecosystem

  • Develop a model to describe ways the geosphere (refers to the parts of our planet that are solid ), biosphere (is a place where organisms live), hydrosphere (the part of a planet that's made of water) and/or atmosphere interact

  • Investigating ways individual communities use science ideas to protect Earth’s resources and the environment


Helping your child learn outside of school:    

Look for everyday opportunities to have your child explore scientific concepts.

  • Use a telescope or binoculars to observe the natural world. Observe the relationship of the sun and moon from your position on earth. Note the daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal changes with your child.

  • Look for the interdependence of plants and animals in the world. 

  • Ask your child what they are figuring out and learning about in science. 

  • Ask your students what evidence, or reasons, they have for their ideas. 

  • Share and discuss how you solve problems and use measurement in your everyday life, such as while cooking, building, gardening, or caring for a family pet.

  • Watch special science-related TV (e.g. Discovery Channel, NASA TV) and video programs together.

  • Visit your local library regularly to check out books on science topics that interest your child.

  • Visit local nature centers, museums, planetarium, and science centers.

  • Use a telescope or binoculars to observe the natural world. Observe the relationship of the sun and moon from your position on earth. Note the daily, weekly, and monthly changes with your child.

  • Take a family walk in a local state park during all times of the year to observe the habitats of the local plants and animals.

  • Provide opportunities to use various tools when you are putting something together or building or fixing things around the home.

  • Encourage friends and family to give books or magazine subscriptions to your child as gifts.

  • Share and discuss how you solve problems and use measurement in your everyday life, such as while cooking, building, gardening, or caring for a family pet.


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