Fifth Grade Science

Science Units for Fifth Grade

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Science Units for Fifth Grade
by Andrea Hagelstein - Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 11:16 AM

Science Units for Fifth Grade

Unit 1: Measuring Changes in Motion

Big Ideas (Key Concepts)

Every force is part of an interaction between two objects.

Forces are pushes and pulls that can be contact or non-contact forces.

Motion is described relative to something else (point of reference).

A change in motion is due to unbalanced forces.

No change in motion and an object at rest are due to balanced forces.

Unit 2: Animal Systems

Big Ideas (Key Concepts)

Animals’ bodies are made up of various body systems that perform

specific functions.

These body systems function together and contribute to the animal’s

survival and well being.

Unit 3: Evolution and Traits of Organisms

Big Ideas (Key Concepts)

Traits are influenced by both genetics of the individual and the environment.

Traits can be classified as either inherited or acquired.

Each organism (plants and animals) has specific behavioral and physical characteristics allowing it to better survive in a given environment.

As environments change over time, these characteristics may change(adaptations) to allow them to continue to survive or flourish in their environment.

Fossils provide evidence that life forms have changed over time and were influenced by changes in environmental conditions including catastrophic events.

Organisms that are similar in anatomical structures are more likely to be more closely related than those whose structures are less similar to one another.




Unit 4: Position and Motion of Objects in the Sky

Big Ideas (Key Concepts)

The sun is the central and largest body in the solar system.

The sun’s warming of the Earth and tilt of the Earth on its axis has an

important connection to the seasons.

Earth’s motion is the basis for measuring time.

Objects in the sky move in regular and predictable patterns around the


The sun, stars and constellations appear to move in predictable patterns

across the sky.

Gravity is the force that keeps the planets in orbit around the sun and

without it, planets would continue in a straight path.