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Using information from Virginia's Curriculum Framework, this resource was created to address the 4th and 5th grade science Standards of Learning (SOLs). As a fifth grade teacher responsible for my students' success on the science SOL test, I incorporated the use of these cards in a variety of ways:
* Pair or group students for cooperative learning and review.
* Daily 10-question (chosen randomly) quiz from covered
* Use with games such as Checkers, SOL Sorry, Connect Four,
etc. - Students would have to answer the question correctly
before having their turn.
* Students used cards to complete review sheets created from
* Copy cards on cardstock to keep in your classroom for "Around
the World" review.
* Students were given individual sets to keep in binder to study at
* Students used cards to answer homework questions.
There are many ways to use this great resource! I copied each set of cards on different colored paper to make it easier for my students. ( EX: 4.2-pink, 5.3-yellow, 5.7-tan )
Students placed cards in page protectors before putting them in their binders. Page protectors allowed students to use dry erase markers to practice answering the questions and self-check their answers. You may also cut out the cards and place them on a ring for students.
This group of cards includes:
4.1/5.1 - Vocabulary
4.2 - Force and Motion
4.3 - Electricity
4.4 - Life Processes (Plants)
4.5 - Living Systems
4.6 - Weather
4.7 - Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Changes (Planets)
4.8 - Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Changes (Sun, Earth, and moon)
4.9 - Virginia Resources
5.2 - Sound
5.3 - Light
5.4 - Matter
5.5 - Living Systems (organisms)
5.6 - Oceans
5.7 - Rocks
Quiz sheet for daily review
*** Have 4th grade science teachers collect all sets of cards at the end of the year. Redistribute the cards at the beginning of 5th grade…this keeps 5th grade teachers from having to copy additional sets of 4th grade cards.
*** If possible, have 4th grade teachers copy sets of cards on bright colored copy paper and 5th grade teachers copy sets of cards on pastel colored copy paper. This will help the students keep cards organized.