Fifth Grade Science and Social Studies

STEAM ActivityBy fifth grade, students are expected to know and understand an incredible amount of science content. Fifth grade is the first time students will take the Science MCAS. Because of this, the science department has proposed a science pilot program as a way to introduce new science content and to also review content that may or may not have been covered in grades K-4. Also, as a culminating event, fifth graders will plan and create their own experiment and prepare for an exhibition.

In social studies this year, the students will study the movement of people (and cultures) over time with an emphasis on migration to North America, and America’s past. We’ll start by exploring Ancient civilizations (Mayans, Incas, Aztecs). We’ll then focus on the North American continent as we study Early Explorers. Later, we’ll review Colonial Times and the road to the American Revolution. We’ll cover westward expansion and the causes of the Civil War. In addition to projects and field trips, we’ll use a textbook called Social Studies Alive!

Because of the enormous amount of content that will need to be covered between science and social studies, we have decided to organize the year as seen below:

Science Social Studies
October 14
  • Science Notebooks / What is Science?
  • Weather and Water: The movement and change in air and water that result in weather on Earth, including the tools used to measure weather.
October 17 – December 2
  • Ancient Civilizations: Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs: What is a civilization?
December 5 – January 13
  • Design Engineering: Explore how bags, boxes, cartons, and bottles work to contain, protect, dispense and display products ; learn and use the engineering design process.
January 16 – February 3
  • American Indians: Learn about the first people to live in North America, where they came from and how they adapted to different geographic areas.
February 6 – March 16
  • Electricity and Magnetism: How they work together to build an electromagnet.
  • Light and Sound Energy
March 19 – April 6
  • European Explorers: Learn about the European Explorers and why they came to “The New World.”
  • Early English Settlements and Colonial America
April 9 – May 11
  • Review of Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Review of Rocks and Minerals and Weathering
  • Simple Machines: Learn about the six simple machines and how they make work easier.
May 11 – end of year
  • Science Investigations and Exhibitions
May 11 – end of year
  • Events leading up to the Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolution, Constitution
  • Westward Expansion