• 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.

    Water Filtration

    Rocketry - Taught by each teacher to end the school year.