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5th Grade Science Lesson Plans
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Chapter 1: "Scientific Investigation"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Identify the Problem: Identify problems that can be solved by conducting experiments. Investigate It! nonscored 5644
Questions, Questions, and More Questions nonscored 5645
Lesson Quiz: Identify the Problem quiz
Plan the Experiment: Create a written plan for an experiment. How to Conduct an Experiment nonscored 5646
Scientific Investigations nonscored 5647
Lesson Quiz: Plan the Experiment quiz
Conduct Scientific Experiments: Design and conduct a scientific experiment within the generally accepted rules and ethics of science. Design an Experiment nonscored 5648
Designing Another Experiment nonscored 5649
Lesson Quiz: Conduct Scientific Experiments quiz
Collect & Organize Data: Collect and organize data to support the result of an experiment. Experimental Research nonscored 5650
Collecting, Organizing and Analyzing Data nonscored 5651
Lesson Quiz: Collect & Organize Data quiz
Record Observations: Keep records of observations during an experiment. Recording Observations nonscored 5652
Being Observant nonscored 5653
Lesson Quiz: Record Observations quiz
Unexpected Findings: Explain that scientific experiments sometimes result in unexpected findings that lead to new questions and more experiments. Unexpected Results nonscored 5654
Oops and Aha! nonscored 5580
Men of Unexpected Results nonscored 5655
Lesson Quiz: Unexpected Findings quiz
Control Groups in Experiments: Design and conduct an experiment incorporating the use of a control group. Control Groups nonscored 5656
Controlling an Experiment nonscored 5657
Lesson Quiz: Control Groups in Experiments quiz
Time Line of Scientific Events: Develop a time line of major events and people in the history of science, that also include major world events in other fields. In My Life nonscored 5658
Creating Time Lines nonscored 5659
Lesson Quiz: Time Line of Scientific Events quiz
Chapter Test: Scientific Investigation

quiz Test
Chapter 2: "Changes in Matter"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Structural Components of Atoms: Identify electrons, protons, and neutrons as basic structural components of atoms. Building Blocks nonscored 5660 alertanswerkey
Atoms nonscored 5661 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Structural Components of Atoms quiz
Construction of Matter: Know that all matter is made up of atoms that may join together to form molecules and compounds, and that the state of matter is determined by the motion of molecules. What's the Matter nonscored 5662
Facts of Matter nonscored 5663
Lesson Quiz: Construction of Matter quiz
Elements: Know that elements have atoms of only one kind, and recognize that elements can be organized in a systematic way. Elements nonscored 5664
Elements, My Dear Watson! nonscored 5665
Lesson Quiz: Elements quiz
Periodic Table: Be able to read and understand some of the periodic table: elements can be identified by symbols, the table can be read across from left to right and from top to bottom, atomic numbers tell how many protons are in each atom, the table is divided into metals and nonmetals, elements on opposite sides of the table easily react with each other to form compounds. Periodic Table of Elements nonscored 5666
Periodic Table Review nonscored 5667
Lesson Quiz: Periodic Table quiz
Chapter Test: Changes in Matter

quiz Test
Chapter 3: "Electricity and Matter"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Characteristics of Electricity: Identify electricity as the flow of electrons: positive pole (terminal), negative pole (terminal). Electrons nonscored 5668
Charged Up! nonscored 5669
Lesson Quiz: Characteristics of Electricity quiz
Unit of Electrical Force: Know that the force that makes electrons flow is called voltage and that the unit of electrical force, or push, is called the volt. Define: alternating current (AC), direct current (DC), alternator. Current Electricity nonscored 5670
Volts nonscored 5671
Lesson Quiz: Unit of Electrical Force quiz
Electrical Measurement: Know how electricity is measured: volts, amps (amperage), ohms, Ohm''s law: volts = amps x ohms. Measuring Electricity nonscored 5672
Ohm's Law nonscored 5673
Lesson Quiz: Electrical Measurement quiz
Electric Power: Know how electric power is measured: watts (wattage), volt x amp = watt. What's a Watt? nonscored 5687
Wattage nonscored 5688
Lesson Quiz: Electric Power quiz
Conductors & Insulators: Know the difference between conductors and insulators. Electricity nonscored 5675
Electrical Conduction nonscored 5676
Lesson Quiz: Conductors & Insulators quiz
Structure of Circuits: Know the structure of simple electrical circuits: closed circuit, open circuit, short circuit. Simple Circuits nonscored 5677
Circuit Building nonscored 5678
Lesson Quiz: Structure of Circuits quiz
Series & Parallel Circuits: Demonstrate principles of series and parallel electrical circuits. Types of Circuits nonscored 5679
Lesson Quiz: Series & Parallel Circuits quiz
Electrical Resistance & Ohms: Demonstrate electrical resistance and understand the use of ohms. Resistance Is Futile nonscored 5681
Lesson Quiz: Electrical Resistance & Ohms quiz
Electrical Safety: Learn about electrical safety. Electrical Safety nonscored 5683
Be Safe! nonscored 5684
Lesson Quiz: Electrical Safety quiz
Michael Faraday: Describe the scientific contribution of Michael Faraday. Michael Faraday nonscored 5685
Faraday's Theory nonscored 5686
Lesson Quiz: Michael Faraday quiz
Thomas Edison: Describe the scientific contribution of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison nonscored 5674
Lesson Quiz: Thomas Edison quiz
Chapter Test: Electricity and Matter

quiz Test
Chapter 4: "Light"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Light as Energy: Know that light is a form of energy, and that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. Light Energy nonscored 5689 alertanswerkey
Energy from Light nonscored 5690
Lesson Quiz: Light as Energy quiz
Characteristics of White Light: Describe the basic characteristics of white light: visible spectrum, light waves, reflection, refraction. White Light nonscored 5691
Visible Light nonscored 5692
Lesson Quiz: Characteristics of White Light quiz
Opaque/Transparent/Translucent: Describe the basic characteristics of white light: opacity, transparency, translucence. Characteristics of White Light nonscored 5693
In the Shadows of Light nonscored 5694
Lesson Quiz: Opaque/Transparent/Translucent quiz
Light Measurement: Know how light is measured: wavelengths, frequency, cycle. Measuring Light Waves nonscored 5695
Light Frequencies nonscored 5696
Lesson Quiz: Light Measurement quiz
Light Interaction with Matter: Show how light is reflected, refracted, or absorbed when it interacts with matter and how colors appear as a result of this interaction. The Behavior of Light nonscored 5697
Lesson Quiz: Light Interaction with Matter quiz
Reflections of Light: Describe the use and basic design of kaleidoscopes, flashlights, and mirrors. Fun with Reflections nonscored 5699
Reflections nonscored 5540
Lesson Quiz: Reflections of Light quiz
Refractions of Light: Describe the use and basic design of eyeglasses, prisms, and cameras. Refraction nonscored 5541
Lights and Lenses nonscored 5542
Lesson Quiz: Refractions of Light quiz
Optics & Magnifiers of Light: Describe the use and basic design of binoculars, microscopes, and telescopes. Optics nonscored 5543
Magnification nonscored 5544
Lesson Quiz: Optics & Magnifiers of Light quiz
Lasers & Photocopiers: Describe the use and basic design of lasers, and photocopiers. Modern Lights nonscored 5545
Useful Light nonscored 5546
Lesson Quiz: Lasers & Photocopiers quiz
Chapter Test: Light

quiz Test
Chapter 5: "Organisms"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
The Smallest Unit of Life: Identify the cell as the basic unit of life and the smallest unit that can reproduce itself. Your Body's Building Blocks nonscored 5547
Cytology: The Study of Cells nonscored 5548
Lesson Quiz: The Smallest Unit of Life quiz
Characteristics of a Cell: Identify and describe the structure and function of cell parts: cell membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondria, ribosomes. Cell Organelles 101 nonscored 5549
Cell Energy and Protection nonscored 5550 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Characteristics of a Cell quiz
Function of Cell Parts: Identify and describe the structure and function of cell parts: nucleus, nuclear membrane, vacuoles, endoplasmic reticulum. Cell Organelles 102 nonscored 5551
Who's the Boss? nonscored 5552
Lesson Quiz: Function of Cell Parts quiz
Single & Multi-celled Organism: Give examples of single-celled and multicellular organisms. Organisms nonscored 5553
How Many Cells Make an Organism? nonscored 5554
Lesson Quiz: Single & Multi-celled Organism quiz
Plant & Animal Cells: Identify the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. Plants and Animals nonscored 5555
What Kind of Organism Are You? nonscored 5556
Lesson Quiz: Plant & Animal Cells quiz
Parts of a Microscope: Identify and label the parts of a simple compound microscope: eyepiece, ocular tube, coarse adjustment knob, fine adjustment knob, arm, base, mirror, aperture or diaphragm, stage, low-power objective lens, high-power objective lens. Compound Microscopes nonscored 5557
Scoping it Out nonscored 5558
Lesson Quiz: Parts of a Microscope quiz
Ernest Just: Describe the scientific contribution of Ernest Just. Cell Biologists nonscored 5559
Microbiology nonscored 5560
Lesson Quiz: Ernest Just quiz
Chapter Test: Organisms

quiz Test
Chapter 6: "Classifying Living Things"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Five Major Kingdoms: Identify and describe the five major kingdoms: Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia. Kingdoms nonscored 5563
The Five Kingdoms nonscored 5564
Lesson Quiz: Five Major Kingdoms quiz
Method to Classifying: Explain the scientific method of classifying living things: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. Describe the scientific contribution of Carolus Linnaeus. Classification System nonscored 5561
Carolus Linnaeus nonscored 5562
Lesson Quiz: Method to Classifying quiz
Chapter Test: Life Cycle & Reproduction

quiz Test
Chapter 7: "Life Cycle & Reproduction"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Life Cycle of a Plant: Identify the life cycle of covered-seed (flowering) plants: fertilization, embryo, endosperm, seed coat, germination, plant growth, flowers, new seeds. Life Cycle of a Plant nonscored 5567
The Circle of Life nonscored 5568
Lesson Quiz: Life Cycle of a Plant quiz
Reproduction of a Plant: Investigate the reproduction of covered-seed (flowering) plants: petals, stamen, anther, pistil, ovule, ovum, pollen and pollination, pollen tube, ovary, embryo, germination, fruit. Parts of Flowering Plants nonscored 5565
Flowering Plants nonscored 5566
Lesson Quiz: Reproduction of a Plant quiz
Life Cycle of Naked-Seed Plant: Identify the life cycle of naked-seed (conifer) plants: pollen, seed, male and female cones. Gymnosperms nonscored 5569
Non-flowering Plants nonscored 5570
Lesson Quiz: Life Cycle of Naked-Seed Plant quiz
Common Pollen Carriers: Identify common pollen carriers: insects, birds, wind. Plant Dusters nonscored 5571
Wind, Insects, Birds nonscored 5572
Lesson Quiz: Common Pollen Carriers quiz
Reproduction of Non-seed Plant: Investigate the reproduction of non-seed (moss, fern) plants (spores). Non-Seed Plants nonscored 5573
Mosses and Ferns nonscored 5574
Lesson Quiz: Reproduction of Non-seed Plant quiz
Chapter Test: Life Cycle & Reproduction

quiz Test
Chapter 8: "Weather"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Weather & Climate: Differentiate between weather and climate. Climate and Weather nonscored 5611
Climatology and Meteorology nonscored 5620 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Weather & Climate quiz
The Water Cycle: Describe the hydrologic cycle and the role of evaporation, precipitation, and condensation as they relate to water in the atmosphere. The Water Cycle nonscored 5615
Water, Water Everywhere nonscored 5601
Lesson Quiz: The Water Cycle quiz
Layers of the Atmosphere: Know that the sun and the Earth heat the atmosphere and that the atmosphere is made up of several layers, including the troposphere, the stratosphere, the mesosphere, the ionosphere, and the exosphere. Inside the Bubble: Earth's Atmosphere nonscored 5616
Atmosphere nonscored 5617
Lesson Quiz: Layers of the Atmosphere quiz
Classification of Clouds: Classify clouds (cirrus, stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus) by their composition, height, and type of precipitation. Clouds nonscored 5636 alertanswerkey
Classifying Clouds nonscored 5637
Lesson Quiz: Classification of Clouds quiz
Instruments to Collect Data: Use weather instruments to collect data and measure air temperature (thermometer), precipitation (rain gauge), and wind speed (anemometer). Weather Watcher Part 2 nonscored 5638
Using Weather Instruments nonscored 5613
Lesson Quiz: Instruments to Collect Data quiz
Air Pressure & Humidity: Use weather instruments to collect data and measure air pressure (barometer) and humidity (hygrometer). Using Instruments to Study Weather nonscored 5629
Weather Watcher Part 2 nonscored 5639
Lesson Quiz: Air Pressure & Humidity quiz
Identify Pressure Systems: Identify pressure systems, fronts, and other features on weather maps and charts. Looking at Weather Maps nonscored 5640
Air Masses nonscored 5618
Lesson Quiz: Identify Pressure Systems quiz
Develop Forecasts: Develop forecasts using pressure systems, fronts, and other features on weather maps. Forecasting Weather nonscored 5641
Weather Predictions nonscored 5642
Lesson Quiz: Develop Forecasts quiz
The Earths Climate Zone: Describe Earth''s climate zones and what causes each. Climate Zones nonscored 5612
Earth's Climate Zones nonscored 5634
Lesson Quiz: The Earth's Climate Zone quiz
Meteorology: Describe meteorology as a field of study. Jobs in Meteorology nonscored 5635
The Field of Meteorology nonscored 5614
Lesson Quiz: Meteorology quiz
Chapter Test: Weather

quiz Test
Chapter 9: "Forever Changing Earth"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Earths Interior: Study the basic structure of the Earth's interior: crust, mantle, outer core, inner core. Layers of the Earth nonscored 5619
The Blue Planet nonscored 5602
Lesson Quiz: Earth's Interior quiz
Plate Tectonics: Explain that some changes in the Earth's surface are due to plate tectonics. Earth's Changing Surface nonscored 5633
Lesson Quiz: Plate Tectonics quiz
Measuring an Earthquake: Define: tsunamis, seismograph, Richter scale. Earthquake Waves nonscored 5606
Shakes and Quakes nonscored 5607
Lesson Quiz: Measuring an Earthquake quiz
Results of an Earthquake: Identify what happens in an earthquake. Locate: some major faults, major fault zones, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Shake, Rattle, and Roll nonscored 5603
Major Fault Zones nonscored 5621
Lesson Quiz: Results of an Earthquake quiz
Changes of Earths Surface: Recognize that changes that occur on the Earth's surface are a result of forces acting upon it. Explain the structure of a volcano: magma, lava, active, dormant, extinct. Locate the Ring of Fire. Earth's Surface Changes nonscored 5622 alertanswerkey
Volcanology nonscored 5610
Lesson Quiz: Changes of Earth's Surface quiz
Continental Drift & Pangaea: continents. Describe the continental drift and Pangaea. Turn Up the Heat nonscored 5623
Plate Movement nonscored 5604
Converging Plates nonscored 5605
Lesson Quiz: Continental Drift & Pangaea quiz
Volcanoes & Folded Mountains: Understand how volcanic mountains and folded mountains are formed. Dangerous Mountains nonscored 5609
Lesson Quiz: Volcanoes & Folded Mountains quiz
Mountains & Ocean Basins: Know that plate movement creates mountains and ocean basins. Understand how fault-block mountains and dome-shaped mountains are formed. Locate the Mariana Trench. Mountain Formations nonscored 5625
Oceans and Mountains nonscored 5632
Lesson Quiz: Mountains & Ocean Basins quiz
Rocks & Fossils Tell a Story: Know that plate movement creates mountains and ocean basins. Understand how fault-block mountains and dome-shaped mountains are formed. Locate the Mariana Trench. Rocks and Fossils nonscored 5626
Geologic Time nonscored 5643
Lesson Quiz: Rocks & Fossils Tell a Story quiz
Ice Cores & Tree Rings: Describe ways in which rocks and fossils record events of Earth's history, documenting plate movements, volcanic eruptions, and cycles of erosion and deposition. Recording Time nonscored 5627
Ice Cores and Tree Rings nonscored 5630
Lesson Quiz: Ice Cores & Tree Rings quiz
Geology: Describe ways in which ice cores and tree rings record events of Earth's history, documenting plate movements, volcanic eruptions, and cycles of erosion and deposition. Geology for Life nonscored 5631
Geology nonscored 5628
Lesson Quiz: Geology quiz
Chapter Test: Forever Changing Earth

Chapter 10: "Human Body"
Lesson Activity Name
LA# Worksheet
Body and Mind: Identify personal interests, capabilities, and values. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses and develop ways to maximize strengths. Describe conditions that contribute to disease, such as contaminated food or water, lack of immunization, poor nutrition, and improper hygiene. Explain the roles of sleep and rest in fitness. The Right Conditions nonscored 56021
What Contributes to Disease? nonscored 56022
I'm Just So Tired nonscored 56023
Having a Safe and Fun Time nonscored 56025
Your Safety nonscored 56027
Ready, Set, Goals! nonscored 56028
Goals nonscored 56029
Who Are You? nonscored 56030
Getting Better All The Time nonscored 56031
Stress nonscored 56032
Dealing With Stress nonscored 56033
Making and Keeping Friends nonscored 56034
To Have a Friend nonscored 56035

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