The fifth and sixth grade science curriculum is organized into units of content area study.
- Near Earth and Space
- Forms of Matter
graders deepen their understanding of energy in its multiple forms
through investigations into kinetic and potential energy and begin to
understand the scientific reasoning that energy is not created or
destroyed. Students explore changes in states of matter that mass is
conserved during changes in states.
The Planet Rock unit explores the rock cycle, weathering and glacier movement and leads to a study of soil and a comparison of soil samples.
Earth: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
graders gain an understanding of the Earth’s history and future
through the study of plate tectonics and major geological events. They
build their knowledge from the unit, Planet Rock to include
tectonic movement, layers of the Earth, the magnetic properties of the
Earth, and how rocks, rock layers, and fossils tell the history of the
Energy in an Ecosystem
explore ecosystems with relation to the energy flow in a balanced
ecosystem and the roles organisms play to maintain the balance. They
investigate patterns of relationships, predict changes in populations,
and examine populations, communities and ecosystems to apply their
knowledge to the Great Lakes region.
school district provides textbooks, teacher resources, activities, and
materials for each unit and is aligned with the Michigan Curriculum
Framework science benchmarks. Balanced with instruction of content is
the use of process skills and scientific inquiry. Process skills
include: observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting,
communicating, using number relationships, making models, defining
operationally, collecting and interpreting data, identifying and
controlling variables, formulating hypotheses, and experimenting.
Scientific inquiry refers to the activities through which students
develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, as well as an
understanding of how scientists study the natural world. It reflects on
how scientists come to understand the natural world, and it is at the
heart of how students learn. Understanding science content is
significantly enhanced when ideas are anchored to inquiry experiences.