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Science - 5th Grade

In our combination 4th and 5th grade class, students use notebooks to record and organize their learning. We teach inquiry and use the scientific method to conduct experiments and investigations. We also use a variety of resources, especially from the California Academy of Sciences, where our team has been trained through the Teacher Institute of Science and Sustainability program. Curriculum is on a two-year rotation of alternating units.

Units of Study
  • Crime Lab Chemistry – Mystery Festival
  • Carbon Cycle, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate Change
  • Geology
  • Energy Forms and Energy Transfer – PEAK and Hot Wheels
  • Electricity and Electrical Circuits – PEAK and Kilowatt
  • Bridges - interdisciplinary unit
  • Botany – photosynthesis, plant classification
  • Food and Farming
  • Wetlands
  • Sound
  • Acids/Bases – Cabbages and Chemistry
  • Human Body Systems
  • Nutrition
  • Natural Resources
  • Metric Olympics
     
Approaches to Learning
  • Using scientific method
  • Designing and carrying out investigations
  • Graphing
  • Presenting claims and evidence
  • Building models
  • Science Fair individual projects