Fifth Grade Science
In 5th grade students are given the opportunity to work and think like scientists. Students develop the concept of a scientific model and engage in design and construction. Students design experiments to help reinforce the inquiry skills that are essential for scientific thinking. Science is taught as a fifth grade team, where students rotate between each of the grade levels teachers. Students are heterogeneously grouped and rotate through each of the units with a different teacher.
Designing Experiments: Controlling Variables
- Behave as scientists, using the scientific method to conduct experiments which focus on the concept of controlled and manipulated variables
- Design experiments using Alka-Seltzer, water and effervescent launchers to test different variables that affect the distance the film canister cap travels.
Mixtures and Solutions
- Learn that Chemistry is the study of the structure of matter and the changes or transformations that take place in it.
- Gain experience with the concepts of: Mixture, solution,concentration, saturation, physical and chemical changes and chemical reactions.
- Develop the skills of investigation in order to build explanations based on knowledge and evidence.
- Use group problem-solving techniques to plan investigations.
- Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: Observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.
Models and Designs
- Design and construct conceptual and physical models
- Observe a fanciful device called a "hum dinger" and then organize and assemble components to make a physical model of a "hum dinger"
- Construct a rolling cart from familiar materials, using the design-and-test approach to solve problems.
Rocketry - Taught by each teacher to end the school year.