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Fifth Grade

Fifth grade students will get the chance to experience what it takes to be a real scientist. They will learn how to research, record data, and work in teams as they explore units focusing on the life sciences and mechanical engineering.

Biomes

This unit focuses on reading, writing, note-taking, and communication. Students examine the components of environments and biomes including food webs, predator/prey relationships, and the importance of decomposers. Then, students work in teams to research one particular biome. They also work as individuals to learn more about a particular interaction within that biome. See what’s inside.

Healthy Science 5

This four-lesson unit can stand on its own or serve as an introduction to a human development/puberty unit. Students learn about cells and our current understanding of heredity. After exploring body systems with unusual activities and a six-foot-tall "Dimensional Man," they break into small groups to research and report on a body system as the class completes a seven-foot-wide puzzle that goes from cells to their place in the world. See what’s inside.

Molecules and Atoms

Students relive history as we introduce them to the periodic table. They examine phase changes and see a metal that melts in hot water. They solve the mystery of the pennies by using mass, volume, and the density of copper and zinc. Students can grow many kinds of crystals and use paper models to explore their geometry and then actually see heat energy moving before their eyes. See what's inside.

Planet Earth/Our Universe

This unit begins close to home with an examination of the atmosphere and the role of water in our weather. A solar bag lets students see firsthand what happens when air is heated. They will trace the history of manned and unmanned space exploration before blasting off to explore our solar system, galaxy, and what lies beyond with three-dimensional puzzles, crosswords, and extensive solar system models. See what’s inside.

Simple Machines

Not just simple machines, but an entire kit on mechanics—forces, acceleration, and friction. Students store energy in a toy they make and use spring scales to explore all the relationships found in simple machines. They explore the acceleration of marbles and balls on a ramp and the effect of friction on the motion. See what’s inside.