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2020 Grade 5 Home Page

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In fifth grade, students begin investigating science ideas that help them figure out answers to scientific questions. By the end of Grade 5 Science, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding that regardless of how matter changes form, its weight does not change.

  • Determine if the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

  • Create a model to describe how the geosphere (Earth’s surface), biosphere (living organisms), hydrosphere (water) and atmosphere interact with one another.

  • Describe and graph data to show how water is distributed on Earth.

  • Develop a model to describe how matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

  • Understand why and how plants get most of the materials they need to grow from air and water.

  • Use models to describe how energy in animals’ food was once energy from the sun.

  • Develop an understanding of daily patterns of change in the length and direction of shadows, the amount of daylight and darkness, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.


The order of the standards at any grade level is not meant to imply a sequence of topics and should be considered flexible for the organization of any course. 



Vertical Learning Progressions


Descriptions of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices students are learning throughout their K-12 education. 


Sample Unit Progression


This year-long progression provides a sample vision for engaging students in meaningful, connected science learning. Unit samples offer examples of essential questions, phenomena, connections to prior learning, and a 3-dimensional narrative for what learning might look like in the classroom.


Bundled Standards Analysis 

Examples of how to group standards based on common science ideas. Analysis is provided for each grouping of standards and is provided in a manner to support deep understanding of goals and expectations for the teacher and student. Recommendations are not intended to be an exhaustive listing of instructional possibilities.


Engagement Strategies 


Suggested instructional practices that engage students with figuring out science ideas.


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