fitfth-sixth grade science Curriculum

CCS Faculty EmilyRoberts 001

In 5-6 Science class, we study science through hands-on activities, scientific textbooks and articles, labs, experiments, field trips, and discussion. As we study life, physical and earth science, we will continually discuss our responsibility to care for the Earth and its ecosystems. We will emphasize sustainable lifestyle options, the importance of being knowledgeable about the environment, and the way our choices impact the Earth.

The scientific method and its applications will be a central part of our studies. Students will be collecting and analyzing data throughout the year based on the scientific method. They will strengthen their data organization and presentation skills. Students will be recording information and creating tables, graphs and charts.

Science notebooks are an essential element of 5/6 Science and will be used throughout the year. Students use science notebooks to create thoughtful records of their scientific inquiries. The notebook will contain a collection of student artifacts and will assist students in documenting and making sense of their scientific inquiries. Science notebooks will remain in the science classroom, but you are always welcome to ask Karen to see your child's science notebook.

Students will demonstrate scientific learning by building models, presenting and sharing information, completing labs and experiments, taking quizzes and tests, and designing their own research projects. Students will exhibit their knowledge of the scientific method by accurately recording data in their lab notebooks and sharing their results with the community.

Research Projects:
Asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations are fundamental to students making scientific progress. Students will develop their own questions and perform investigations based on the scientific method. Students will collect and analyze data, and report their scientific findings to the school.

Supporting Materials:

FOSS Science Kits
California Science Grade 5 , Scott Foresman
California Earth Science Grade 6 , Holt
Teacher Created Units

Year "A" (Physical & Earth Science) Year "B" (Life Science)

Scientific Method
• Asking a question, forming and testing a hypothesis, collecting data, analyzing results, drawing conclusions, and communicating results

Mixtures and Solutions
• Making, separating and measuring mixtures
• Measuring volume and mass solids and liquids
• Saturation and solubility
• Concentration
• Properties of chemical reactions Food and Nutrition:
• Properties of foods
• Components of foods (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins)
• Using Indicators to test for acid, vitamin C, sugar and fat
• Guidelines for healthy nutrition
• Being an informed consumer
Levers and Pulleys
• Constructing and using class 1, 2, and 3 levers
• Lever arm, fulcrum, load, effort, leverage
• Assembling and investigating one- and two-way pulley systems Systems of the Human Body:
• Skeletal System
• Respiratory System
• Circulatory System
• Digestive System
• Excretory System
Earth's Resources
• Minerals of the Earth's crust
• Rocks: mineral mixtures
• Weathering and Soil
• Erosion and Deposition
• Energy resources: renewable and nonrenewable
The Restless Earth
• Plate Tectonics
• Earthquakes
• Volcanoes Environments:
• Major environmental factors in terrestrial and aquatic systems
• Plants and their ranges of tolerance
• Organisms' optimal conditions and environmental preferences (bugs, beetles, brine shrimp)
• Changes in complex systems over time
• Human impacts on natural environments
Solar Energy
• Sun tracking and shadows
• Thermometers
• Relating temperatures of Earth materials to their properties
• Using solar water heaters
• Constructing solar houses Water & Weather:
• Water Cycle
• Causes of the Earth's Weather
• Convection Currents
• Ocean's Effect on Weather
• Types of Weather
• Causes and Effects of Severe Weather
• Interpreting Weather Data
• Atmospheric Pressure
• Sources of energy on Earth
• Energy Pyramids
• Energy in Ecosystems