This is it!!! Your entire 5th grade year of science. By teaching these 6 units, you will be covering all of the content standards of the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as the engineering standards for grades 3-5. Each unit is packed full of inquiry based activities, integrated language arts, word wall cards, games, task cards, projects, and assessments. Here's a brief description of each unit. If the preview is difficult to see, you can visit the page for each item by clicking the links since each unit is also sold separately. You will save money by purchasing all of these units.
Unit 1: Matter
This unit is actually 4 different units bundled into one.
Activity 1: Periodic Table Card Sort to help introduce the Periodic Table
Activity 2: Understanding the Element Square Students will learn to read an element square and gain information about an element.
Activity 3: Atom Building Challenge Students build models of atoms using toothpicks and candy (Detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets and answer keys included)
Activity 4: Lego Atoms Students use Lego to represent elements. They then build compounds and molecules to help construct understanding of abstract vocabulary.
Activity 5: Atom Foldable Students create a foldable to help review vocabulary from the mini unit
The Atoms Family Song (sung to the tune of the Adam’s Family)
States of Matter
Activity 1: States of Matter Log: Students keep track of different states of matter they encounter in their lives. Turn this into a class competition!
Activity 2: Movin’ Molecules Students explore how molecules move in solids, liquids, and gases. (Detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets and answer keys included.)
Activity 3: Witch’s Brew Students engage in a hands on activity using dry ice and dish soap to investigate sublimation. (Detailed teacher instructions and student activity sheet included.)
Activity 4: It’s a Solid, It’s a Liquid! Students engage in a hands on activity using a cornstarch and water mixture to investigate a colloid. Teacher directions and student activity sheet included.)
Activity 5: States of Matter Foldable Students create a foldable to help review vocabulary from the mini unit
Properties of Matter
Activity 1: The Properties Game This first activity is a game to help develop a conceptual understanding of what a property is in reference to matter.
Activity 2: Separating Mixtures In this activity, students use unique properties of different objects to separate a mixture. Math is integrated into this lesson using mass and percentage. (A detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets are included.)
Activity 3: Investigating Volume Students investigate finding the volume of irregular shaped objects using displacement.
Activity 4: Students investigate the density of different fruits.
Activity 5: Density Columns Students explore the density of different liquids and create a density column.
Physical and Chemical Changes
Activity 1: White Powder Investigation This first activity allows students to investigate how a substance can change in size and shape, but retain it’s properties.
Activity 2: Physical Change Foldable This foldable summarizes the different types of changes that do not change the chemical make up of something. Categories help students solidify this concept.
Activity 3: Film Canister Rockets In this highly engaging activity, students create a simple chemical reaction inside a film canister rocket and watch as it blasts off. The idea of variables is introduced as students experiment to make their rocket go the highest.
Activity 4: Chemistry in a Bag This exciting and efficient experiment lets students investigate common indicators of chemical change such as heat change, color change, and gas production. All this in the confines of a Ziploc bag!
Unit 2: Space Thematic Unit
Activity 1: Relative distances of planets activity using toilet paper squares
Activity 2: Gravity activities to uncover common misconceptions
Activity 3: Investigation of mass and weight on different planets
Activity 4: creation of a sun dial to help understand shadows and the movement of the Earth in relation to the sun
Activity 5: Layers of the Atmosphere activity
Activity 6: Creating and Investigating Constellations
Activity 7: Individual planet pages for reports or interactive notebooks
Activity 8: Task Cards with or without QR codes for centers and independent review of the unit
Unit 3: Ecosystems
Activity 1. What's For Dinner: Students trace their dinner back through food chains to find the ultimate source of energy, the sun.
Activity 2. Making Chains: Students work cooperatively to create food chains using a variety of animal cards. They choose one to make into a chain.
Activity 3. Tangled Web: Students investigate the overlapping of chains to create webs.
Activity 4. Pass The Energy: This fun kinesthetic activity gets kids up and moving and simulating the transfer of energy within an ecosystem.
Activity 5. Order in The Forest: Students learn important vocabulary through a 2 part inquiry activity
Activity 6. To review vocabulary from the unit, students play Ecosystems Bingo
Also included with this unit:
Word Wall Cards and Activities
Post Test and Grading Rubric
Unit 4: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Activity 1: Earth’s Water: This inquiry activity helps students conceptualize the available water for human consumption. Extensions of this activity include a writing activity as well as a pie graph activity.
Activity 2: Clean it Up: Students work cooperatively to build a water filter.
Activity 3: Reuse it!: Student learn why it is important to try to reuse items to avoid overfilling our landfills. Using recyclable materials, students use creativity and group work to construct something useful.
Activity 4: The 3 R’s Poster : Students culminate the mini-unit by creating a poster sharing what they have learned about the 3 R’s. A rubric for grading is also included.
Unit 5: Photosynthesis
Activity 1: Breathe In, Breathe Out Students investigate the relationship between plant respiration and animal respiration. Activity 2: Let There Be Light Students experiment with light to see how light impacts the rate of photosynthesis.
Activity 3: Photosynthesis: It All Adds Up! Students learn the basics of chemical reactions and use models to show the process of photosynthesis.
Activity 4: Scene 1: Photosynthesis. Students act out the process of photosynthesis using props.
Unit 6: Introduction to Engineering
This introduction to engineering includes an editable PowerPoint with notes as well as 3 engineering activities. Students will be introduced to Engineering and the Engineering Design Process. They will then have 3 opportunities to engage in the process. Easily accessible materials makes this very doable in your classroom.
In addition to the 14 slide PowerPoint, the activities include:
Activity 1: Float Your Boat: Students go through the engineering design process to create a boat. Once the boat successfully floats, they place marbles in it to see how many it can hold.
Activity 2: Build A Bridge: Students go through the engineering design process to build a bridge. After the bridge is built, they test it to see how many pennies it can hold.
Activity 3: Keep it Cold: This engaging activity challenges students to create a container to keep an ice cube frozen for as long as possible. This could easily be turned into a classroom contest.
Activity 4: Engineering Design Process Flow Chart: Students can use this sheet to review the steps they went through in the completed engineering design assignments. This could potentially be used as an assessment.
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