Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Science
Grade 5
 
Description:

COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Fifth-Grade Science

LENGTH OF TIME: Full Year (60/65 minutes every other day)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory science course with an emphasis on life science. The following units are covered:

  • Oceanography (adaptation/relationships between species /classification)

  • Fast plants (life cycle)

  • Electricity

  • Variables (pendulums)

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES:

REPORTING STANDARD: Scientific Content - Life Science/Electricity

  1. Students will understand parts of an ecosystem and how they influence each other.

  2. Students will be able to explain how sea creatures have adapted over time to the changes in their physical environments.

  3. Students will gain a basic understanding of the stages of a plant's life cycle and investigate plant growth.

  4. Students will understand the difference between insulators and conductors.

  5. Students will be able to design, build, and troubleshoot basic electrical circuits.

  6. Students will be able to describe how and why the scientific method and standard measurement is important across the disciplines.

REPORTING STANDARD: Scientific inquiry, lab and equipment skills

  1. Students will explain how to design an experiment including the stages of problem identification, experimental design and implementation, including the use of charts and graphs to evaluate and communicate findings.

  2. Students will follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments and technical tasks.

  3. Students will compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations and multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same subject.

REPORTING STANDARD: Reading and Writing

  1. Students will write arguments and informative/explanatory essays or constructed responses based on scientific content, supported by specific evidence based on informational texts.

  2. Students will produce clear and coherent writings that exhibit organization, attention to audience, and evidence of editing.

  3. Students will conduct short research projects using multiple print and digital resources, taking concise and relevant notes, and citing resources correctly.

  4. Students will present information making use of available technologies.

  5. Students will be able to evaluate a text by:

  • Summarizing the central ideas

  • Identifying supporting details

  • Evaluating the point of view, structure, and validity

  1. Students will understand content-specific vocabulary.

  2. Students will understand the connection between a text and visual information (charts, graphs, maps, etc.).

KEY VOCABULARY:

Battery

Electricity

Organism

Cause and effect

Environmental changes

Physical properties

Condensation

Evaporation

Physical setting

Conduction

Food chain

Stamen

Conductivity

Food web

Pistil

Conductor

Forms of water

Ovary

control of variables

Fossil

Pollen

controlled experiment

Fossil evidence

Pollution

Density

Life cycle

Properties of water

Electrical charge

Living organism

Scientific method

Electrical circuit

Ocean currents

Tide

Electrical current

Omnivore

 

EVIDENCE/ASSESSMENTS:

Tests

Quizzes

Observations

Drawings

Projects

TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:

Oceanography

The Voyage of the Mimi. Dir. Bank Street College of Education. VHS. Sunburst Communications , 1985

Driggs, Lorin, and Elizabeth Knafo. Voyage of the Mimi Overview Guide. 1st ed.. Plesantville, NY: Bank Street College Project in Science and Mathematics, 1985.

Wade, Larry. Whales in the Classroom Presents: Oceanography. Second Edition. Dubuque IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 1992.

Wade, Larry. Whales in the Classroom Presents: Getting to Know The Whales. Minnetonka, Minnesota: Singing Rock Press, 1995

Fast Plants

Williams, Paul. Exploring with Wisconsin Fast Plants. Burlington, NC : Carolina Biological Supply Company, 1989.

National Academy of Science Resource Center, Experiments with Plants: Student Activity Book. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

http://www.fastplants.org/

Electricity

National Academy of Science Resource Center, Electrical Circuits: Student Activity Book. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1991.

Pendulums / Variables / LINX

Regents of University of California, Foss Full Option Science System: Variables . Nashua, NH: Delta Education, 1995.

National Academy of Science Resource Center, Experiments with Plants: Student Activity Book. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

The Science Source, LINX: An Innovative Design / Construction System Linking Science and Technology. Waldoboro, ME: The Science Source, 1997.

Revised 8/12

 

 
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