ONTARIO SCIENCE: 5/6 Energy Conservation and Electricity Inquiry Unit

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This was a lifesaver. It was my first time teaching grade 5/6 and this helped deliver the required curriculum content.


In this comprehensive inquiry unit students will explore the world of energy & electricity. They will spark their imagination by learning about electricity and how to conserve energy. Your grade 5’s will learn all about energy from how it is generated to why we should conserve it. Your grade 6’s will learn more specifically about how electricity works from how it is generated, to types of circuits to the conservation of electricity.

This 5/6 unit includes almost half of the lessons as combined learning opportunities for both grades to complete together.

This unit has everything you will need to teach energy conservation and electricity.

This unit meets the expectations for:

Grade 5: Conservation of Matter and Resources – {Ontario Curriculum}

Grade 6: Electricity and Electrical Devices – {Ontario Curriculum}

Common Core/Next Generation Science Standards.


Core Ideas: PS3-A-C


Core Ideas: PS3-B, D and ETS1.a


Go beyond the simple centers or worksheet activities and take your students deeper into inquiry in these hands-on minds-on activities. This unit has a variety of instructional strategies that will allow you to teach your students with:

★ Easy to Use Lessons and Activities

★ Knowledge Building Circles

★ Interactive Notebooks

★ Experiments

★ Assessment Materials

★ Task Cards

★ Games

★ Both original research materials and exclusive access to curated online research materials.


What does this product include?

• Wonder Wall Inquiry Board: photos and activity cards

• What is energy? & What is electricity

• Forms of Energy & Electricity circuits

• Electrical Energy

• Static and current electricity experiments

• Heat and chemical energy experiments & Series and parallel circuits

• Renewable and Non-renewable energy resources & Forms of energy

• Energy audit

• Human impact on the environment

• Inquiry project


Related Products

The grade 5 unit can also be found here

Conservation of Energy

Or in my grade 5 bundle here

Full Year Grade 5 Science Only Bundle {ONTARO}

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Non Fiction Summary

• Get your students ready to research by teaching them how to summarize what they read. Using text features, skimming and scanning, and learning how retells and summaries are different your students will be better prepared to tackle their inquiry projects.


FAQ: More About This Product

♦ "How can this be implemented in my classroom?

Each lesson is clearly laid out for the teacher so they can understand how to teach the content to both grades at the same time. With a flip-flop approach the teacher has time with each group to connect their learning with the curriculum standards and make meaning out of the different activities. Teacher guides are provided to help you understand the science in the activities before you implement this. Even if you don’t have a background in science, these guides will help you better anticipate student questions and discoveries throughout the unit.

♦Is this product right for me?

If you are new to a split 5/6, new to inquiry, or perhaps not a specialist in science then this product will fit your needs. The detailed lesson plans, teacher’s notes and guides will help you to understand the content, help your students learn, and save you the planning time it takes to make these yourself. This will also work for teachers that are not new but may be looking for a re-fresh or some new ideas. If you are often stuck scrambling for ideas and lessons at the last minute save yourself the time and hassle by having these lessons ready and waiting. You can confidently ensure that every lesson covers the curriculum in a way that would keep your students engaged, and you more confident when teaching. No need to keep buying lesson after lesson and putting things together piece meal, everything you need is here.

♦”Does this product align to my curriculum standards?

This unit is aligned to the Ontario curriculum and meets all of the expectations of the Grade 5: Conservation of Energy and Resources & Grade 6: Electricity and electrical devices

This also meets the NGSS science standards


Core Ideas: PS3-A-C


Core Ideas: PS3-B, D and ETS1.a

♦How do I use this product with my special education and English Language learners?

This is a hands-on unit and is easily differentiated to meet the needs of complex learners. Narrowing the focus to simply understanding sources of energy (5) constructing a simple electrical circuit (6) reduces the complexity of the activities in this unit while also allowing students to participate in activities that are modified at grade level for science. Many of the reading and research materials are available online and can be supported by using digital reading software. Because this unit is student centered and inquiry focused it is easier to differentiate the content and product produced by the students by increasing or decreasing the complexity of level and depth of understanding.


Total Pages
181 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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