Fifth Grade

What We're Learning Now:

Organisms and Environments

Why We're Learning It (TEKS): 5.10 A-C

The student is expected to...

compare the structures and functions of different species

differentiate between inherited traits and learned behaviors

describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects

This Week's Assignments and Important Dates/Notices:

***Parents, please make sure your student has a sturdy, multiple-subject spiral for Science the first week of school. Thanks!***

Week 1 Assignments (Aug. 21-25)

Week 2 Assignments (Aug. 28-Sept. 1)

Week 3 Assignments (Sept. 4-8)

Week 4 Assignments (Sept. 11-15)

Week 5 Assignments (Sept. 18-22)

Week 6 Assignments (Sept. 25-29)

End of 1st Six Weeks- Sept. 29

**Test over Mixtures and Solutions- Thursday, Oct. 12**

Week 7 Assignments (Oct. 2-6)

Week 8 Assignments (Oct. 9-13)

Week 9 Assignments (Oct. 16-20)

Week 10 Assignments (Oct. 23-27)

Week 11 Assignments (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)

End of 2nd Six Weeks- Nov. 3

Week 12 Assignments (Nov. 6-10)

Week 13 Assignments (Nov. 13-17)

*Test over Forces- Wednesday, Nov. 15th*

Week 14 Assignments (Nov. 27-Dec. 1)

Week 15 Assignments (Dec. 4-8)

*Science Benchmark- Wednesday, Dec. 6th*

Week 16 Assignments (Dec. 11-15)

*Test over Electricity and Circuits- Wednesday, Dec. 13th*

End of 3rd Six Weeks- Dec. 15

Second Semester

Week 17 Activities (Jan. 3-5)

Week 18 Activities (Jan. 8-12)

*Test over Light, Sound, Mechanical & Heat Energy- Thursday, Jan. 11th*

Week 19 Activities (Jan. 15-19)

Week 20 Activities (Jan. 22-26)

Week 21 (Jan. 29-Feb. 2)

*Science Benchmark Tuesday, Jan. 30- Regular Class Schedule*

**Field Trip Permission Slip- Due Friday, Feb. 2**

Week 22 (Feb. 5-9)

*Test over Changes to Earth's Surface- Tuesday, Feb. 13*

Week 23 (Feb. 12-16)

End of 4th Six Weeks- Feb. 16

Week 24 (Feb. 20-23)

Week 25 (Feb. 26-March 2)

*Test over Fossil Fuels and Alternative Energy- Friday, March 1*

Week 26 (March 5-9)

Week 28 (March 26-30)

Week 29 (April 2-6)

*Test over Earth and Space Friday 4/6!*

Quizlet to practice vocabulary words needed for the test!

Week 31 (April 23-27)

Week 33 (May 7-11)

*Science STAAR Wednesday 5/16*

Late Homework Procedure

1. Your student has Science homework on Thursdays.

2. It should be written in his/her planner.

3. It is due on Friday unless otherwise noted.

4. If your student does not have it the day it is due, he/she can bring it to the Science teacher at 7:30 the next morning, completed, and avoid after school detention. Otherwise, your student will have to serve the detention (3:30-4:30) to do the work. (This will fall on Monday unless the work was due on a day other than Friday.)

5. If work is not turned in and detention is not served, your student will receive a discipline referral.

STAAR Review Sites

Adaptations, Traits, & Behaviors

Important Vocabulary:

  • adaptation
  • environment
  • structure
  • function
  • survive
  • thrive
  • perish
  • physical adaptations
  • behavioral adaptations
  • inherited trait
  • learned behavior
  • life cycle
  • larva
  • pupa
  • nymph
  • molt
  • chrysalis
  • offspring

Important Concepts:

  • Plants and animals change their structures and behaviors over time to help them survive in their environment.
  • Inherited traits are characteristics that are passed down from a parent to an offspring. Some examples include: beak shape and size, fur color, leaf shape, eye color, etc.
  • Learned behaviors are developed by animals after being taught, such as reading a book, doing a trick, riding a bicycle, etc.
  • Butterflies, moths, and some other species undergo Complete Metamorphosis ( a nearly unrecognizable body change). The four stages of Complete Metamorphosis are Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult.
  • Some insects do not undergo such a drastic change in their metamorphosis. The three stages of Incomplete Metamorphosis are Egg, Nymph, Adult.

Check out these videos!

The Sun, Earth, & Moon

Important Vocabulary:

  • orbit
  • revolution
  • rotation
  • axis
  • day/night cycle
  • atmosphere
  • shadow
  • apparent

Important Concepts:

  • The Earth's rotation on its axis causes the day/night cycle and the "apparent" movement of the Sun across the sky.
  • There are regular and repeated patterns to the cycles of movement between the Sun, Earth, & Moon (i.e., shadows, seasons, day/night, moon phases, etc.)
  • The Sun, Earth, and Moon has different physical features.

Weather & Climate

Important Vocabulary:

  • high pressure
  • low pressure
  • front
  • weather
  • climate

Important Concepts:

  • Weather is the current atmospheric conditions at a certain time and place.
  • Climate is a 30+ year average of weather data.

The Water Cycle

Important Vocabulary:

  • evaporation
  • precipitation
  • condensation
  • accumulation
  • transpiration
  • ground water
  • run-off

Important Concepts:

  • The Sun provides the energy to move water through the water cycle.
  • Some models show the water cycle better than others.

Alternative Energy Sources

Important Vocabulary: Important Concepts:

alternative hydroelectric * These are alternative energy sources to fossil fuels.

renewable biomass * They are renewable sources of energy.

wind biofuel



Fossil and Fossil Fuel Formation

Important Vocabulary:

fossils stored energy

compaction non-renewable

cementation pollution

pressure carbon dioxide

Important Understandings:

  • Fossils are the evidence of past living things.
  • They reveal what the climate and ecosystem of an area were millions of years ago.
  • Fossil Fuels formed the same way that fossils did.
  • Fossil Fuels are trapped, stored energy.
  • They are non-renewable and create pollution and CO2 when burned.

Changes to Earth's Surface

Important Vocabulary:

weathering wedging glacier physical chemical

erosion sediment landforms deltas canyons

deposition dunes fossils compaction cementation pressure

Important Understandings:

  • The surface of the Earth is always changing. Some processes build up new land forms, while some tear them down, but the changes occur in a continuous cycle of weathering, erosion, and deposition.
  • Weathering is the BREAKING of rock into smaller pieces.
  • Erosion is the MOVEMENT of rock and sediment from one place to another.
  • Deposition if the DROPPING of rock and sediment in a new location.
  • Wind, water, and ice are the AGENTS of weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Important Vocabulary for Electricity Important understandings about Electricity


current * Electricity can only flow in a complete, closed circuit.


conductor * Electricity is not useful until it is converted into another form,

battery such as light, heat, or sound energy.

power source

switch * All parts of an electric circuit must have an "in" and an "out"

fuse for the electricity to flow.

circuit breaker

convert * Ways to "open" a circuit (and therefore stop the flow of

electricity) include flipping a switch, breaking a fuse, tripping a breaker, or burning out a resistor.

Important Vocabulary for Light Energy

absorbed transparent

transmitted translucent

reflected opaque



Important Understandings about Light Energy

  • Light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object.
  • When it strikes an object (or a medium), it can be absorbed, transmitted, reflected, or refracted.
  • A key synonym for "reflect" is "bounce".
  • A key synonym for "refract" is "bend".

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Important Vocabulary for Scientific Method

Scientific Method














Repeated Trials


Important Vocabulary for Forces









Balanced Forces

Unbalanced Forces


Important Vocabulary for the Matter Unit:

  • Properties
    • Matter
    • Mass
    • Volume
    • Density
    • Relative Density
    • Physical state
      • Evaporation
      • Condensation
      • Melt
      • Freeze
      • Boiling Point
      • Freezing Point
    • Magnetism
    • Conductivity
      • Insulator
      • Conductor
  • Solubility
    • Mixture
    • Solution
    • Dissolve
  • Tools
    • Triple Beam Balance
    • Graduated Cylinder
    • Beaker
    • Magnet

  • Units for Measuring
    • Gram
    • Liter
    • Milliliter
    • Cubic Centimeter
    • Celsius Thermometer

  • Other
    • Classify
    • Increase
    • Decrease

Need Help? Check out these:


  • When watching a Crash Course Science video, be sure to go into settings ---> speed and slow it down to .75. The narrator speaks REALLY fast and this should help you hear and process what she says.
  • Remember that you can stop and rewind as needed to make sure you comprehend. :-)

Check out this Study Jams video on the Scientific Method. Also, you can try out the Karaoke and Quiz on the web site.

Scientific Method Video -->

**You'll really need to crank up the volume to hear us!**

5th Science Team Nov

Check out this story about how Thomas Edison created the long lasting light bulb!

Watch this awesome video on sound waves!

This short video shows how ice can weather rocks.

Look what your Science teachers found in Foundation Park!

Crash Course Science has a great video (to the right) explaining why shadows change throughout the day. Just remember to change the speed in settings.