Unit 3: Matter & Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems / Earth Systems (Living Systems) 

Our new unit, Living Systems, takes a look at life at every level of organization—from biosphere to individual organisms—to acknowledge that it is complex, involving multiple parts working together in systems to maintain the viability and vigor of the system. Understanding living systems—ecosystems, populations, and individual organisms—is a critically important perspective, leading toward an appreciation of the diversity and wonder of life on Earth.

There are four main investigations in Living Systems. Each investigation has multiple parts.

Investigation 1: Systems
Investigation 2: Nutrient Systems
Investigation 3: Transport Systems
Investigation 4: Sensory Systems


The first week of school we will dive into these 8 practices. Assignments and video links will be posted below as we progress through the year. In the meantime here is more detail on each of the eight practices:

​1. A practice of science is to ask questions that lead to descriptions and explanations of how the  world works.

​2. Models are helpful tools for representing ideas and explanations. These tools include diagrams, drawings, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations.

3. Scientists and engineers plan and carry out investigations in the field or laboratory. Their investigations are systematic and require clarifying what counts as data and identifying variables or parameters.

4. Scientific investigations produce data that must be analyzed in order to derive meaning. Because data patterns and trends are not always obvious, scientists use a range of tools to identify the significant features and patterns in the data.

5. In both science and engineering, mathematics and computation are fundamental tools for representing physical variables and their relationships. 

6.The products of science are explanations and the products of engineering are solutions.

7.Argumentation is the process by which explanations and solutions are reached.

8. Scientists and engineers must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively the ideas and methods they generate. Critiquing and communicating ideas is very important.

Unit 4: STEAM Project (Models & Designs) 

Our fourth and final unit will focus on models and designs. This module provides students with experiences that help develop the concept of a scientific model and engage students in design and construction. Students work as engineers and scientists to analyze data from investigations and in the process learn that there is often more than one solution to a problem.  Important take-aways from this unit are: 

Explanatory Models - used to explore new ideas and concepts. 

Conceptual Models - expressed in words and mathematics. 

Physical Models - used to test concepts and create.

OVERVIEW: A summary of investigations in this unit. 

GLOSSARY: A list of vocabulary terms from this unit. 

​​​8 Standards of Science and Engineering Practices

In 5th Grade we begin the year by exploring and better understanding common practices in all S.T. E.A.M. careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). In each of these areas scientists and engineers follow the eight common practices listed below. For a more detailed look at each practice, click here!

Unit 1: Space Systems: Stars and The Solar System (Sun, Moon and Stars)

We will be using the FOSS modules beginning with Space Systems. Assignments and video links will be listed here as we go.

OVERVIEW - a summary of Sun, Moon, and Stars

GLOSSARY (Vocabulary)

Please see the "Distance Learning" page for all science lessons week-by-week.

Science Pacing Guide 2020 - 2021

Below you will find a summary of each unit listed on the pacing guide.


Our First Science Mini-Lab.... Save Fred!

Our first science mini-lab will focus on.a team-building STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) activity.

Students will apply the 8 practices of science and engineering (listed above) in this lab. In the process they will discover that in engineering people have to communicate, work together, and try different things to succeed. Sometimes ideas lead to success while others lead to changing their approach. In either way, learning takes place.

Fred the Worm's boat has capsized (turned over). His life saver is trapped under the boat. He must somehow figure a way to insert himself into his lifesaver. Problem is..... students cannot use their hands ....only paperclips.  Can YOU save Fred?

WATCH VIDEO            Flowchart

Unit 2: Structure & Properties of Matter (Mixtures and Solutions)

Our second FOSS module will focus on mixtures and solutions. Assignments and video links will be listed below as we go. We will begin this module in our 2nd Marking Period!

OVERVIEW: a summary of the investigations. A more detailed overview by investigation.

​GLOSSARY (Vocabulary)

JOURNAL (student research and activities)