Mrs. Zuniga teaches Science to our class. Please visit her website to see more information on this subject.

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Science instruction in throughout Millard Public Schools is a balance of inquiry and exploration of informational text. The essence of learning science lies not in the memorization of facts, but in carrying out the process of inquiry, asking questions, making observations, and gathering, organizing, and analyzing data. Science instruction is active, exciting and sometimes messy!

Fifth Grade students make predictions, gather and analyze evidence, and use logic to draw conclusions. Students apply literacy and mathematics skills during Science instruction. Through the use of science notebooks, students collect and record data, take notes, conduct simple research, design simple trials gather evidence that supports or refutes their claims. They develop and use models, and communicate their thinking through diagrams and written narratives.

Their math skills become important tools that support scientific inquiry as they create graphs, tables, and perform simple calculations to gather evidence that supports or refutes a claim. Science instruction happens daily in our school and addresses the domains of Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science, and Technology & Engineering.

The materials we use to reach our academic standards include:

  • FOSS (Full Option Science System), published by Delta Education
  • Engineering is Elementary, published by Boston Museum of Science
  • Scott Foresman Science, published by Scott Foresman

Science topics include:

  • Ecosystems
  • Changes in Matter
  • Light Energy
  • Patterns of Sun, Moon, and Stars
  • Engineering: problem solving and design

From Mrs. Zuniga's site:

In fifth grade, students study a wide range of sciences! We are scientists, explorers, adventurers, and engineers. We use a range of resources to assist us in exploring our ideas - from our Scott Foresman textbook that you can find a link to below, to FOSS Science kits, to Engineering is Elementary units! Fifth grade science is TONS of fun! My goal during science instruction is to use the 5E model. Using this model, I find that students are engaged in thinking about the subject and beyond it. In fifth grade, we cover a review and enrichment of the life sciences, the basics of physical science, a review of earth science, and we also explore some basic ideas about space and beyond. Students learn that all science begins with the asking of a question and we learn how science investigation is not linear in structure, but takes us down many different avenues of thought! Below you'll find some of the resources we use during the year to help us uncover some new ideas about the world. Scott Foresman ScienceFOSSEngineering is Elementary


The philosophy of health education in Millard Public Schools is to inform and guide individuals to make strategic decisions affecting their physical, emotional, and social well being. The long-range goal of health instruction is to help our students develop, apply, and sustain healthy attitudes and behaviors throughout their lives.

Elementary health instruction focuses on introducing, developing, and applying skills that support physical, social, and emotional well being. Instruction is organized into three broad themes that are partnered with more specific topics. The theme Health Promotion centers on an introduction to the concept of health as well as nutrition, community health, and community health helpers. Personal Health attends to personal safety, personal hygiene, and habits that enhance overall health and wellness. Personal Health at the 5th grade level also includes an introduction human growth and development. The Interpersonal Communication Skills theme emphasizes social emotional learning skills that promote positive wellbeing, personal success, social interactions, and advocating for self and others.

The materials we use to reach our academic standards for Health include:

  • Sanford Harmony, published by National University
  • McGraw Hill Health & Wellness, published by McGraw Hill

Materials used for the Human Growth and Development unit include:

  • Just Around the Corner videos, produced by Marsh Media
  • Mpho’s Legacy of Hope: An Inspired Story of Living with HIV/AIDS

Parent information meetings will be held at each school, providing all parents and guardians an opportunity to preview the materials prior to classroom instruction.