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Skills available for Colorado fifth-grade science standards

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1 Physical Science

  • 1 Mixtures of matter can be separated regardless of how they were created; all weight and mass of the mixture are the same as the sum of weight and mass of its parts

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 How do mixtures act similarly and differently from their original materials?

      • 2 What are some ways that mixtures can be separated?

    • Relevance and Application:

    • Nature of Science:

      • 1 Ask testable questions about mixtures, make a falsifiable hypothesis, design an inquiry based method of finding the answer, collect data, and form a conclusion.

      • 2 Select appropriate tools to conduct an experiment, use them correctly, and report the data in proper units.

      • 3 Share results of experiments with others and respectfully discuss results that are not expected.

      • 4 Review and analyze information presented by peers and provide feedback on their evidence and scientific reasoning about the separation of mixtures and how the separation impacts its total weight/mass.

2 Life Science

3 Earth Systems Science

  • 1 Earth and Sun provide a diversity of renewable and nonrenewable resources

  • 2 Earth's surface changes constantly through a variety of processes and forces

    • Inquiry Questions:

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 There are benefits and dangers to humans as Earth's surface constantly changes.

      • 2 Communities take into account the effects of the changing Earth in a variety of ways. For example, they might use springs, stilts, drainage techniques, or build off the ground because of frost heaving.

      • 3 Some cities have emergency plans for earthquakes, flooding, eruptions, and tornadoes.

      • 4 The development of technology led to tools that made the establishment of measurement standards – the Richter Scale – possible.

    • Nature of Science:

      • 1 Ask testable questions about how the earth surface changes.

      • 2 Utilize a variety of media sources to collect data for analysis regarding Earth processes and the changing surface.

      • 3 Assess and provide feedback on other's scientific explanations about factors that change Earth's surface, pushing for reasoning based on evidence and scientific principles.

  • 3 Weather conditions change because of the uneven heating of Earth's surface by the Sun's energy. Weather changes are measured by differences in temperature, air pressure, wind and water in the atmosphere and type of precipitation

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 Why does the Sun heat different surfaces at different rates?

      • 2 Why does the weather change from day to day?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 The Sun's energy helps change daily weather by influencing the water cycle, air movement, and temperature.

      • 2 Gliders and birds exploit updrafts created by thermals.

      • 3 De-icing airplanes in the winter is sometimes necessary so that they can fly.

      • 4 Weather satellites generate data that measure and monitor changes in weather.

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