Grade 5 Curriculum

Unit: Grade 5

Social Studies: Geography and Maps

Essential Questions:

What are the major features (landforms) on and below the Earth's surface?

How can learning to use different kinds of geographic information, maps and tools help us understand the world?

How have humans interacted with their geographic environment? (Using Earth's natural features vs. changing the environment)

Unit Subjects:

Social Studies

Math

Language Art (Reading & Writing)

Technology

Student Understandings:

Students will become familiar with the vocabulary of landforms and able to identify them on a map by using visual clues.

Students will recognize and describe the characteristics of specific landform: river, lake, mountains etc.,

Students will be able to explain and use the elements of maps and globes.

Use a number of resources and tools to interpret information about the earth.

Apply concepts like location, distance, direction, scale, movement and region.

Discuss and describe ways that the earth's physical and human-made features have changed over time.

Explain how humans have responded to and changed the physical environment of Earth.

 

Unit: Grade 5

Outer Space: The Big Universe (Sun, Moon and Stars)

Essential Questions:

How big is the universe?

What predictable, observable patterns occur as a result of the interaction between the Earth, Moon, and Sun?

How are the planets and moons in our solar system similar & different?

How has technology expanded our knowledge of Space (Stars, Planets, Earth, Moon, and Sun System?)

Unit Subjects:

Science

Language Art

Technology

Student Understandings:

Students will describe the universe as containing many billions of galaxies, and each galaxy contains many billions of stars.

(The Solar System) Explain that the sun’s gravitational pull holds the Earth and other planets in their orbits, just as the planets’ gravitational pull keeps their moons in orbit around them gravity is the force that governs the motion in the solar system.

Students will relate the motions of the Earth-sun-moon system to eclipses and the seasons.

Explain the alignment of the earth, moon, and sun during solar and lunar eclipses.

Students will compare and contrast planets based on data provided about size, composition, location, orbital movement, atmosphere, or surface features (includes moons).

Explain that the Earth is one of several planets that orbit the sun, and the moon orbits around the Earth.

 

Unit: Grade 5

Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations: Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Essential Questions:

What are some of the major accomplishments of these great, ancient civilizations: Egypt, Rome, and Greece?

How has these ancient civilizations shaped our life today?

Unit Subjects:

Social Studies

Language Art (Reading & Writing)

Technology

Student Understandings:

Students will be able to identify 3 ancient civilizations (Egypt, Greece, Rome) and their major contributions.

Students will record facts and site sources from (videos, internet URL, non-fiction text)

Students will compare and contrast how people from ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece lived, and what part of their culture relates to the present (inventions, sports, government, food.)

 

Unit:  Grade 5

Life Science: Understanding the World of Science and Plants

Essential Questions:

What skills do scientists use to learn about the world?

What are the steps of the scientific method?

How do the structures and functions of plants help them meet their needs as living things?

What happens during the process of photosynthesis?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Language Arts

Math

Technology

Student Understandings:

Students will be able to question, observe, identify, and record data.

Students will use the scientific method to perform an experiment, and investigate the growth of a plant in soil with and without fertilizer.

Students will be able to identify and label the specific structures (parts) of a plant and explain their functions (jobs).

Students will be able to investigate and describe how plants have features that help them live in various environments.

Students will be able to explain the process of Photosynthesis.

 

Unit: Grade 5

Physical Science: Matter and Energy

Essential Questions:

How does matter make up the world around us?

How can matter be changed?

How does energy affect our everyday lives?

Which state of matter (solid, liquid, gas, or plasma) do you believe is most important for survival?

Unit Subjects:

Science

Math

Language Arts

Student Understandings:

Students will be able to explain the properties of matter.

Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics of energy and the interactions between matter and energy. They will describe the usefulness of some forms of energy (e.g., electricity, sunlight, wind, sound) and how energy (e.g., heat, light,) can affect common objects (e.g., sunlight warms dark objects, heat melts candles.)Students will describe how matter changes from one phase to another (e.g., condensation, evaporation). Students will be able to examine and differentiate between a physical change, such as melting, and a chemical change, such as rusting.