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Science Curriculum

    Below are the Tennessee curriculum standards for fifth grade science. These standards represent the areas in which fifth grade students will be tested during the TCAPS in the Spring. Therefore, they also represent the topics which students will cover and be assessed on throughout the year. 
    The standards listed in green have already been covered in the classroom, but may require additional practice before Spring. Parents, if you feel your child is struggling with an area in green, additional resources can be provided for you upon request and some may already be available on this website.

Embedded Inquiry
  1. Select an investigation that could be used to answer a specific question (SPI 0507.Inq.1)
  2. Identify specific investigations that could be used to answer a particular question and identify reasons for this choice (CFU 0507.Inq.1).
  3. Identify tools needed to investigate specific questions (CFU 0507.Inq.2)
  4. Maintain a science notebook that includes observations, data, diagrams, and explanations (CFU 0507.Inq.3).
  5. Analyze and communicate findings from multiple investigations of similar phenomena to reach a conclusion (CFU 0507.Inq.4).
Embedded Technology & Engineering
  1. Select a tool, technology, or invention that was used to solve a human problem (SPI 0507.T/E.1).
  2. Recognize the connection between a specific advance and the development of a new tool or technology (SPI 0507.T/E.2).

Life Science

Standard 1- Cells
  1. Identify the major parts of plant and animal cells such as, the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, and cytoplasm (SPI 0507.1.1).
  2. Compare and contrast basic structures and functions of plant and animal cells (SPI 0507.1.2/ CFU 0507.1.2).
  3. Label drawings of plant and animal cells (CFU 0507.1.1).
Standard 2- Interdependence
  1. Describe the different types of nutritional relationships that exist among organisms (SPI 0507.2.1).
  2. Distinguish among symbiotic, commensal, and parasitic relationships (SPI 0507.2.2).
  3. Use information about the impact of human actions or natural disasters on the environment to support a simple hypothesis, make a prediction, or draw a conclusion (SPI 0507.2.3).
  4. Evaluate producer/consumer, predator/prey, and parasite/host relationships (CFU 0507.2.1).
  5. Classify interspecific relationships within an ecosystem as mutualism, commensalism, or parasitism (CFU 0507.2.2).
  6. Create a simple model illustrating the interspecific relationships within an ecosystem (CFU 0507.2.3).
  7. Analyse basic information from a body of text to identify key issues or assumptions about the relationships among organisms in an ecosystem (CFU 0507.2.4).
  8. Create a poster to illustrate how human activities and natural disasters affect the environment (CFU 0507.2.5).
Standard 3- Flow of Matter and Energy
  1. Identify photosynthesis as the food manufacturing process in plants (SPI 0507.3.1).
  2. Compare how plants and animals obtain energy (SPI 0507.3.2).
  3. Identify the cell structures that enable plants to conduct photosynthesis (CFU 0507.3.1).
  4. Design a graphic organizer that illustrates the difference between plants and animals in the movement of food energy through an ecosystem (CFU 0507.3.2).
Standard 4- Heredity
  1. Recognize that information is passed from parent to offspring during reproduction (SPI 0507.4.1).
  2. Distinguish between inherited traits and those that can be attributed to the environment (SPI 0507.4.2).
Standard 5- Biodiversity and Change
  1. Identify physical and behavioral adaptations that enable animals such as, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and mammals to survive in a particular environment (SPI 0507.5.1).
  2. Explain how fossils provide information about the past (SPI 0507.5.2).

Earth & Space Science

Standard 6- The Universe
  1. Distinguish among the planets according to their known characteristics such as appearance, location, composition, and apparent motion (SPI 0507.6.1).
  2. Select information from a complex data representation to draw conclusions about the planets (SPI 0507.6.2).
  3. Identify methods and tools for identifying star patterns (SPI 0507.6.3).
Standard 7- The Earth
  1. Describe internal forces such as volcanos, earthquakes, faulting, and plate movements that are responsible for the earth's major geological features such as mountains, valleys, etc. (SPI 0507.7.1).
Standard 8- The Atmosphere
  1. Describe the effect of the oceans on weather and climate (SPI 0507.8.1).
  2. Explain how mountains affect weather and climate (SPI 0507.8.2).

Physical Science

Standard 9- Matter
  1. Distinguish between physical and chemical properties (SPI 0507.9.1).
  2. Describe the differences among freezing, melting, and evaporation (SPI 0507.9.2).
  3. Describe factors that influence the rate at which different types of material freeze, melt, or evaporate (SPI 0507.9.3).
Standard 10- Energy
  1. Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy (SPI 0507.10.1).
  2. Use data from an investigation to determine the method by which heat energy is transferred from one object or material to another (SPI 0507.10.2). 
Standard 11- Motion
  1. Explain the relationship that exists among mass, force, and distance traveled (SPI 0507.11.1).
Standard 12- Forces in Nature
  1. Recognize that the earth attracts objects without touching them (SPI 0507.12.1).
  2. Identify the force that causes objects to fall to the earth.
  3. Use data to determine how shape affects the rate at which a material falls to earth (SPI 0507.12.3).

 
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