The NGSS in Massachusetts

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Skills available for Massachusetts fifth-grade science standards

Standards are in black and IXL science skills are in dark green. Hold your mouse over the name of a skill to view a sample question. Click on the name of a skill to practice that skill.

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5-ESS Earth and Space Sciences

  • 5-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

    • 5-ESS1-1 Use observations, first-hand and from various media, to argue that the Sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer to Earth.

    • 5-ESS1-2 Use a model to communicate Earth's relationship to the Sun, Moon, and other stars that explain (a) why people on Earth experience day and night, (b) patterns in daily changes in length and direction of shadows over a day, and (c) changes in the apparent position of the Sun, Moon, and stars at different times during a day, over a month, and over a year.

  • 5-ESS2 Earth's Systems

  • 5-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

    • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways communities reduce human impact on the Earth's resources and environment by changing an agricultural, industrial, or community practice or process.

    • 5-ESS3-2(MA) Test a simple system designed to filter particulates out of water and propose one change to the design to improve it.

5-LS Life Science

5-PS Physical Science

5-ETS Technology/Engineering

  • 5-ETS3 Technological Systems

    • 5.3-5-ETS3-1(MA) Use informational text to provide examples of improvements to existing technologies (innovations) and the development of new technologies (inventions). Recognize that technology is any modification of the natural or designed world done to fulfill human needs or wants.

    • 5.3-5-ETS3-2(MA) Use sketches or drawings to show how each part of a product or device relates to other parts in the product or device.