Unit 1 covers the NGSS/LSSS standards 5-LS1-1 (Plants), 5-LS2-1 (Non-native species, decomposition, soil cycle), and 5PS3-1 (Food webs/chains).
Lessons in this bundled unit:
How Do Plants Grow?
How Does Energy Move Through Ecosystems?
PBL: Plants for the Garden
This 9 week science unit includes inquiry-based activities that:
Follow the 5E Learning Cycle
Cultivate student discussion
Incorporate STEM skills, such as data interpretation and evidence-based explanations
Support Common Core/ELA reading, research, and writing skills
Employ hands-on activities
Integrate reflection and review
Foster problem-based learning (PBL)
Frequently assess student learning in organic and varied ways
Utilize art connections to maximize learning
(Note: This unit is meant for 5th grade students in classrooms that use Next Generation Science Standards. However, it can also be used in classrooms with similar standards/expectations that center around plants, food webs, decomposition, and ecosystems.)