In Unit 1 Matter in Motion, students are introduced to the scientific process as they analyze matter in the universe and Earth’s place in the solar system.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, 5-PS1-4, 5-PS2-1, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2
In Unit 2 Earth Materials, students explore how different geologic processes change Earth’s surface, and how the matter that makes up rock is constantly being transformed through heat and pressure.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS1-3, 5-PS1-4, 5-ESS2-1
Supporting Standards: 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2
In Unit 3 Water on Earth, students analyze Earth’s interacting systems, focusing on how the hydrosphere interacts with and is influenced by the other systems.
Grade Specific Standards: 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2, 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Supporting Standards: 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2
In Unit 4 Matter and Energy Cycles, students explore pond and forest ecosystems, analyzing how living things interact with one another and their environment for survival.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1
Supporting Standard: 4-LS1-1
In Unit 5 Ecosystem Interactions, students investigate how environmental changes impact the ability of organisms to survive, grow, and reproduce, passing their traits on to future generations.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1
Supporting Standards: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1
In Unit 6 Energy and Forces on Earth, students explore the phenomena of dog sled racing and roller coaster rides to analyze energy systems.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Supporting Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4
In Unit 7 Matter and Electricity, students explore how devices such as doorbells and circuits function by investigating how electrical energy is transferred and can do work.
Grade-Specific Standard: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3
Supporting Standards: 3-PS2-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4
In Unit 8 Matter and Sound, students explore the phenomena of echoes and concert hall acoustics by investigating how sound energy is transferred from one place to another in waves.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Supporting Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS4-1
In Unit 9 Light Energy and Matter, students explore how light energy moves and interacts with different kinds of matter such as mirrors, water, and architectural light shelves.
Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS1-3, 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3
Supporting Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS4-2