Fifth Grade


Earth’s Systems

Performance Expectations:   

  • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. 
  • 5-ESS2-2 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth. 
  • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment. 

Engineering Design (3-5)

Performance Expectations: 

  • 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. 
  • 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. 
  • 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

Performance Expectations:  

  • 5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth)was once energy from the sun.
  • 5-LS1-1 Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. 
  • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. 

Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System

Performance Expectations:   

  • 5-PS3-1 Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth)was once energy from the sun. 
  • 5-LS1-1 Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. 
  • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. 

Structure and Properties of Matter

Performance Expectations:  

  • 5.PS1-1 Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. 
  • 5-PS1-2 Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. 
  • 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. 
  • 5-PS1-4  Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.