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Fifth Grade: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems

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Driving Questions: How does matter cycle through ecosystems? Where does the energy in food come from and what is it used for?

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Fifth Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Systems and System Models

A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

Caues and Effect

Energy and Matter

Matter is transported into, out of, and within systems.

Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Trout are Made of Trees

Trout Are Made of Trees

Whats for Dinner

What's For Dinner

What do you Find in a Pond

What Do You Find In a Pond

Once Upon a Jungle

Once Upon A Jungle

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 5-PS3-1 (LS1.C and PS3.D
  • 5-LS1-1 (LS1.C)
    • #12 Is It Food? (USI Vol4) p. 91
    • #13 Needs of Seeds (USI Vol2) p. 101
    • #16 Giant Sequoia (USI Vol2) p. 121
  • 5-LS1-2
    • #18 Rotting Apple (USI Vol3) p. 139
    • #13 Needs of Seeds (USI Vol2) p. 101
    • #17 No More Plants (USI LSV1) p. 103

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