2011 - 2012 Fifth Grade Science Instructional Calendar Resources

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Science Characteristics


Life Science

12) classify organisms to simplify the study of living things (GPS, ITBS)

12a) explain why scientists use classification in the study of living things (GPS)
12b) compare similarities and differences in animals
12b.1) group animals using pictures or actual specimens by observable characteristics (body covering, number of legs, wings, ears, color, size)
12c) demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrates, invertebrates) and how vertebrates are further sorted into groups (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals) (GPS)

Classificaiton - Plants
12d) demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups (GPS)
Parts of a Plant



13) identify the cell as the building block of living organisms (GPS, ITBS)
13a) use magnifiers (microscopes, hand lenses) to observe cells and their structure (GPS)
13b) compare and contrast animal cells and plant cells
13b.1) identify parts of a plant cell (cell membrane, cell wall, cytoplasm, nucleus, chloroplasts) and explain the function of each (GPS)
13b.2) identify parts of an animal cell (cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus) and explain the function of each (GPS)
13c) compare and contrast the structure and function of single-celled and multi-celled organisms (GPS)

Cell Division Through Mitosis
Learned Behaviors vs. Inherited Traits

14) compare and contrast the characteristics of learned behaviors and inherited traits (GPS, ITBS)
14a) recognize that offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors (GPS)
14b) discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits (GPS)
14c) explain the role of chromosomes in development

Nature vs. Nurture Walk in Mendel Park
Harmful/Beneficial Microorganisms

15) analyze how microorganisms benefit or harm other organisms (GPS)
15a) identify beneficial microorganisms and explain why they are beneficial (GPS)
15b) identify harmful microorganisms and explain why they are harmful (GPS)

15c) determine the role of anti-bacterial agents that promote health and well-being

BBC - Micro Organisms
What and Where are Micro Organisms
The Bug Investigators
The Good, The Bad, and the Both

Earth Science
Changes in the Earth’s Surface

8) analyze how surface features of the earth are caused by constructive and destructive processes (GPS, ITBS) (5SC_B2006-8)
8a) identify and explain how surface features are caused by constructive processes such as deposition (deltas, sand dunes), earthquakes, volcanoes and faults (GPS)
8b) describe and illustrate surface features caused by destructive processes such as erosion (water, rivers, oceans, wind), weathering, impact of organisms, earthquakes and volcanoes (GPS)
8c) explain the role of technology and human intervention in the control of constructive and destructive processes including seismological studies, flood control, dams, levees, and storm drain management (GPS)

Physical Science
Sum of Parts

9) verify that an object is the sum of its parts (GPS) (5SC_C2006-9)
9a) demonstrate that the mass of an object is equal to the sum of its parts by manipulating and measuring different objects made of many parts (GPS)
9b) investigate how common items have parts that are too small to be seen without magnification (GPS)
9c) explain how magnification has changed what scientists could do historically and how improvements to magnification can help scientists in the future

9d) investigate ways scientists use magnification to solve problems

Anton van Leeuwenhoek
Electron Microscope
Ernst Ruska
Microscope Parts
History of the Microscope

Matter: Physical and Chemical Changes

10) distinguish between physical changes and chemical changes (GPS, ITBS) (5SC_C2006-10)
10a) demonstrate examples of physical changes by manipulating common household/classroom items (tearing or cutting paper/aluminum foil) and separating mixtures (GPS)
10b) recognize that the changes in state of water (vapor/steam, liquid, ice) are due to temperature differences and are examples of a physical change (GPS)

10c) investigate the properties of a substance before, during and after a chemical reaction to find evidence of change (GPS)

Quia Quiz
Physical and Chemical Changes

Chemical and Physical Changes Review
Volume and Mass
Properites and Changes

Electricity and Magnetism

11) investigate electricity and magnetism and their relationship to one another (GPS, ITBS) (5SC_C2006-11)
11a) investigate current and static electricity (GPS)
11b) determine the necessary components for completing an electric circuit (GPS)
11c) demonstrate the difference between open and closed circuits and parallel and series circuits
11d) investigate common materials to determine if they are insulators or conductors (GPS)
11e) compare a bar magnet to an electromagnet (GPS)
11f ) distinguish between permanent and temporary magnets
11g) demonstrate how magnetism is used to create a compass

Charges and Electricity