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Wordle: TEKS


Elementary Science focuses on four main areas of Science. 

The Nature of Science (or Process Skills) is how to "do" science and science history.  In our TEKS, process skills are found in the Scientific Investigation and Reasoning strands.

Life Science is the study of living things.  In our TEKS, Life Science is found in the Organisms and Environments strands. 

Physical Science is the study of how things are put together and how things move.  In our TEKS, Physical Science is found in the Matter & Energy Strands and the Force, Motion, & Energy Strands.

Earth Science is the study of the planet Earth and it's place in the universe.  In our TEKS, Earth Science is found in the Earth & Space Strands.                     

             

      5th Grade Science TEKS     

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (the TEKS) give us guidance on what 5th graders should be taught.  They are your learning objectives.  The list below are the statements of the science topics you will learn about in 5th grade.  The bulleted items beside each section are links to resources that your teacher might use in class to help you learn about that concept. 

 

TEKS VOCABULARYSUPPORT RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES

Science STAAR Vocabulary  Flashcards/Interactives
(161 terms)

(1)  Scientific investigation and reasoning

The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. The student is expected to: 



 (A)  demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations;

Safety
Precautions
Safety Equipment


Science & Safety: It's Elementary from CSSS

Bikini Bottom Safety Practice


(B)  make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials

Conservation
Disposal
Recycle
Materials

100 Ways to Conserve Water

Test Your Water Sense Game

Thirstin's Match Fun Facts Game (How Much Water Does It Take?)

Tip Tank Water Conservation Memory Game


 (2)  Scientific investigation and reasoning.

The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:  

 

Scientific Method
Investigation
Reasoning

Steps of the Scientific Method Explained from Science Buddies

Scientific Method Word Find                                 

  

 

(A)  describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable;

Variable
Experimental Investigation
Control

Can Your Notebook Hold a Cup of Water?  Problem Solving and Direction Following Activity

(B)  ask well-defined questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and select and use appropriate equipment and technology;   

Question (Problem/Purpose)
Hypothesis
Equipment
Technology
What is a Testable Question

(C)  collect information by detailed observations and accurate measuring;

Collect
Information
Observations
Accurate
Measure

MEASURING TEMPERATURE

Poem:  How Hot is it In Metric? (Chart and Poem)

Online Interactive: Discovery Science Temperature 


USING OBSERVATIONS TO CLASSIFY

A Touch of Class: An Observing and Classifying Activity

 

 (D)  analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct (observable) and indirect (inferred) evidence;

Direct Evidence
Indirect Evidence


Is There a Gremlin in the Drink Machine?

Natural Records of Change: Working with Indirect Evidence of Past Climates

 (E)  demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results;

Repeated 
Trials
Investigations
Reliability
Results

 (F)  communicate valid conclusions in both written and verbal forms; and

Valid
Conclusions
 (G)  construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology, including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information. Graphs
Tables
Maps
Charts
Diagrams
Organize
Examine
Evauate

Create a Graph Online


Pie Chart (Create Online)


Planetary Facts Table (comparing characteristics of objects in space) 


Energy Source Comparison Chart


Energy Resources Comparison Chart

 


 

(3)  Scientific investigation and reasoning.

The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to:

 

Critical Thinking
Scientific Problem Solving
Informed Decisions

 (A)  in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student;

Analyze
Evaluate
Critique
Scientific Explanations
Empirical Evidence
Logical Reasoning
Experimental Testing
Observational Testing
Scientific Evidence
Critical Thinking

 (B)  evaluate the accuracy of the information related to promotional materials for products and services such as nutritional labels;

Accuracy
Promotional Materials
Products
Services
Nutritional Labels


How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label from the FDA

Food Labels Lesson From UTASA

3 Steps in Using Food Labels

Chef Solus Food Label Guide

Nutrition Facts Sample Labels

Ride The Food Label Game and Lesson Plan


Plastic, Plastic Everywhere (Exploring the use of Plastic Storage Bags) from NOAA


 

(C)  draw or develop a model that represents how something works or looks that cannot be seen such as how a soda dispensing machine works; and

Models
Soda Dispension Machine

Building an Aquifer Model How to Video

Make Your Own Aquifer Model

Thirstin's Build Your Own Aquifer

 

(D)  connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists.

History of Science
Science Careers
Scientists
Science Concepts

The Faces of Science:  African Americans in the Sciences

History of Energy Famous People

Women in Science from Encyclopedia Britannica

Super Scientists



(4)  Scientific investigation and reasoning.

The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to:

 

Tools
Equipment
Science Inquiry

 

(A)  collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors, pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observations of habitats or organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and

Collect
Record
Analyze
Tools
Equipment

Microscopes

Prism Microscope Parts Labeled

Microscope Parts Quiz


Metric Rulers

The Ruler Game

Units of Measurement Worksheet

Length Lab Worksheet


Celsius Thermometers

Make a Thermometer


Pan Balance

Illuminations - Primary Pan Balance with Shapes Interactive

Virtual Pan Balance from TouchSpin


Triple Beam Balances

Triple Beam Tutorial from Ohaus

How to Use and Read a Triple Beam Balance

Triple Beam Balance Scale Reading Exercise

Reading a Triple Beam Balance Interactive

Virtual Triple Beam Balance from TouchSpin


Spring Scales

Virtual Spring Scale from TouchSpin


Graduated Cylinders and Beakers

Volume and Displacement

Measuring Volume Using a Graduated Cylinder

Reading a Graduated Cylinder Worksheet from SuperTeacher Worksheets 

 

 

(B)  use safety equipment, including safety goggles and gloves.

Safety Equipment

Safety Goggles

Safety Gloves

 (5)  Matter and energy.

The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to:

 

Matter
Measurable
Physical Properties
Classify
Change

CLASSIFYING & TESTING VARIOUS PROPERTIES

Testing Properties of Materials Interactive

Matter Matching from Quia

  (A)  classify matter based on physical properties, including mass, magnetism, physical state (solid, liquid, and gas), relative density (sinking and floating), solubility in water, and the ability to conduct or insulate thermal energy or electric energy;

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Matter
Physical Properties
Mass
Magnetism
Physical State
State of Matter
Solid
Liquid
Gas
Molecules/Particle
Relative Density
Dense
Float/Sink
Solubility
Conduct
Insulate
Thermal Energy
Electric Energy

MASS

 

 


MAGNETISM


PHYSICAL STATE

What is Matter: States of Matter Reading

Study Jams: Solids, Liquids, & Gases

Changing State Interactive Activity

States of Matter Reading from Purdue.edu

Matter Sorter Interactive from Space Weather Center


RELATIVE DENSITY & BOUYANCY

Buoyancy Basics from NOVA

Relative Density Experiment and Interactive from PHET

Layering Density Investigation from UVA or  Liquid Rainbow from NASA Aquarius


ZOOM! Density and Buoyancy: Testing Liquids

The Liquid Rainbow Investigation

Buoyancy & Density Quiz Battleship Game


Mass, Volume, & Density Interactive


CONDUCT OR INSULATE

 

(B)  identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water on the Celsius scale;

Boiling Point
Freezing Point
Melting Point
Heat
Temperature
Increase (Heat)
Decrease (Heat)
Celsius scale
Constant Properties
Evaporating
Condensating
Freezing
Melting

Boiling and Melting Interactive Activity from Harcourt

Changing State Interactive from Crickweb

Pod's Mission

 (C)  demonstrate that some mixtures maintain physical properties of their ingredients such as iron filings and sand; and

Mixtures
Maintain
Physical Properties
Ingredients
Combine
Combination

The Mixtures Lab Interactive Activity

Separating Mixtures

 

(D)  identify changes that can occur in the physical properties of the ingredients of solutions such as dissolving salt in water or adding lemon juice to water.

Solutions
Dissolve
Solute
Solvent
Soluble
Substances


(6)  Force, motion, and energy.

The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to:

 

Energy
Form of Energy
Cycle
Pattern
System

 (A)  explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy;

Energy
Mechanical Energy
Kinetic
Potential
Light Energy
Thermal (Heat) Energy
Electrical Energy
Sound Energy
Energy Transfer

Mechanical Energy

 

Light Energy

 

Thermal Energy

 

Electrical Energy

 

Sound Energy

Ocean Odyssey

(B)  demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound;

Electrical Energy
Complete Circuit
Complete Path
Electric Current
Source of Energy
Conductor
Insulator
Series Circuit
Parallel Circuit
User of Electricity
Produce
Pass
Flow
Closed Circuit
Open Circuit
Switch
Online Interactive:  Blobz Guide to Electricity

Online Interactive: The Circuit Builder

Silicon Spies


(C)  demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels through one medium to another and demonstrate that light can be reflected such as the use of mirrors or other shiny surfaces and refracted such as the appearance of an object when observed through water; and

Light Energy
Straight Lines
Reflects
Refracts
Medium
Bend Light
Prism
Convex Lens
Concave Lens
Translucent
Transparent
Opaque
Mirror
Color Spectrum

Alien Attack 

Reflected Light

 

Refracted Light


 (D)  design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

Experiment
Effects
Force
Work
Rude Goldberg Machine
Simple Machine





Force and Motion Vocabulary Flashcards
Parkworld Plot

(7)  Earth and space.

The student knows Earth's surface is constantly changing and consists of useful resources. The student is expected to:

Natural Resources
Renewable Resources
Non-renewable Resources
Man-Made Resources
Natural Resources Categorizing Activity

(A)  explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sediment
Weathering
Erosion
Deposition
Sedimentary Rock
Cementation
Compaction
Decay/Decompose
Organic Materials
Fossil Fuels
Peat
Petroleum (Oil)
Natural Gas
Coal
Pressure

SEDIMENTARY ROCK

Exploring Earth: Sedimentary Rock Formation Visualization


 


FOSSIL FUELS

Energy Kids: Non-Renewable Resources

Energy Kids: Petroleum

Energy Kids: Natural Gas

Energy Kids: Coal

(B)  recognize how landforms such as deltas, canyons, and sand dunes are the result of changes to Earth's surface by wind, water, and ice;

Landforms
Delta
Canyon
Sand Dune
Glacier
Valley
Sediment
Weathering
Erosion
Deposition


 

(C)  identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels; and

Alternative Energy
(Renewable/Inexaustible Resources)
Wind Energy
Solar Energy
Hydroelectric Energy
Geothermal Energy
Biofuels
Biowaste
Turbines
Generator
Dam
Steam
Organic
Light Energy
Solar Panels
Solar Cells

Wind

Solar


Hydorelectric

Geothermal

Biofuels

 

(D)  identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models.

 

Fossils
Organic 
Decayed Organisms
Organisms
Nature of Environment
Models

Paleontology Portal:  Explore fossils found in Differerent States

Paleontology Portal:  Home site

Stories from the Fossil Record:  Learn what fossils can teach us

Fossils for Kids: 

Fossil Image Gallery:  Actual images of discovered fossils organized by type, location found, and geologic time

Dinosaur Gallery:  Pictures and information about dinosaurs based on fossils


(8)  Earth and space.

The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. The student is expected to:

Natural World
Sun, Earth, and Moon System
Patterns
Astro Adventure
(A) Differentiate between weather and climate;Weather
Climate
Atmosphere
Normal
Cloud Cover
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Humidity
Air Pressure
Average
Annual
Precipitation
Meterologist
Climatologist
Weather Predicting
Temperature
Wind Vane
Barometer
Thermometer
Anemometer
Rain Guage

NASA:  What is the difference between weather and climate?

NSIDC: What is the difference between weather and climate?

NCAR:  Weather and Climate Basics

Current Weather Map (Live)

 (B)  explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle;

Water Cycle
Water Vapor
Evaporation
Condensation
Precipitation
Accumulation/Collection
Ground Water
Traspiration

 (C)  demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky; and 

Rotate
Rotation
Axis
Day/Night Cycle
Apparent Movement
Shadows
Sunrise
Sunset
East
West
Sundial
Midnight
Midday (Noon)

Skytellers: About day and night

Skytellers:  Observe the Cycle of Light activity

 

(D)  identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Physical Characteristics
Sun
Earth
Moon
Revolution
Orbit
Atmosphere
Gaseous
Terestrial

Earth, Moon, and Sun-An Interactive

Comparing Physical Characteristics

Sun

Earth

ABC FACTS SHEET: Comparing Earth to It's Moon

Moon

Lunar Cycle Challenge


(9)  Organisms and environments.

The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. The student is expected to:

Systems
Cycles
Environments
Organisms
Tundra
Dessert
RainForest
Grasslands
Savannah
Prairie
Forest
Tiaga
Freshwater
Saltwater

Texas Wildlife Fact Sheets from TDPW

Young Naturalist from TDPW

Biomes of the World by MBGnet

(A) Observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements;


Organisms
Survive
Thrive
Ecosystem
Living
Non-living
Elements
Interact
Benefit
Compete
Needs
Environment
Community
Population
Species

Ecosystems Explained in Powerpoints from Marta Howard

How Animals Meet Their Needs from HMH

Color In Nature

Animal Look Alikes article from Kansas DWP

Hanging Out on a Short Grass Prairie Mobile Activity from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Typical Freshwater Habitat from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Plants and Life on Earth from mbgnet


 

(B)  describe how the flow of energy derived from the Sun, used by producers to create their own food, is transferred through a food chain and food web to consumers and decomposers;

Flow of Energy
Source of energy
Niche/Role
Transfer of Energy
Photosynthesis
C02-02 Cycle
Producer
Consumer
Herbivore
Carnivore
Omnivore
Decomposers
Scavengers
Food Chain
Food Web
Prey
Predator

What is the difference between a Food Chain and a Food Web? from Science Bob

Fun With Food Webs Interactive from Harcourt

Food Chain Game

Decomposers:  The Adventures of Herman (the Worm) from University of Illinois

 

(C)  predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways; and

Overpopulation
Grazer
Highway Construction
Populations
Drought

Beavers

Effects of Pesticides on Populations

Earth's Endangered Animals


 

(D)  identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.

Carbon Dioxide
Oxygen
CO2-O2 Cycle
Photosynthesis
Respiration


ILLUMINATING PHOTOSYNTHESIS from NOVA

THE CARBON DIOXIDE GAME from Windows 2 Universe


 (10)  Organisms and environments.

The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to:

Life Processes
Structures
Survive
Environment

Young Naturalist from Texas DPW

 

(A)  compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals;

Structures
Functions
Adaptations
Camoflauge
Mimicry
Migration
Hibernation

Unique Defenses
Species
Hooves
Webbed Feet
Aquatic Animals
Prarie Animals

Texas Tracks: Do You Know Them?  from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Adaptations Rap

Amazing Animal Senses from Neuroscience For Kids

Biology of Plants: Plant Aaptations (In different Biomes) from mbgnet

 

(B)  differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle; and


Inherited Traits
Offspring
Heredity
Spines
Beak Shape
Learned Behavior
Instinct
Tricks

Inherited Traits & Learned Behaviors Weebly

Inherited Traits

 

Learned Behaviors


Comparing Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors

VIDEO:  3-2-1 Contact How Do They Know That?  Innate and Learned Behavior Video on You Tube

 

(C)  describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects.

Complete Metamorphosis
Incomplete Metamorphosis
Insect Life Cycle
Egg
Larvae
Pupae
Coccoon
Adult
Nymph

Complete Metamorphosis

VIDEO:  Insect Life Cycles - Complete Metamorphosis of Honey Bees


Incomplete Metamorphosis

VIDEO:  Amazing Cicada Lifecycle by Sir David Attenbourough

 

Comparing Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis

READING:  The Difference Between Complete and Incomplete Metamorposis from Pacific Science Center

ONLINE INTERACTIVE:    Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis Interface from Harcourt

ARTICLES & DIAGRAMS: Life Cycle Diagrams of Several Insects

 


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