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Skills available for Mississippi fifth-grade science standards

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1 Develop and demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry using process skills.

2 Understand relationships of the properties of objects and materials, position and motion of objects, and transfer of energy to explain the physical world.

3 Predict characteristics, structures, life cycles, environments, evolution, and diversity of organisms.

4 Develop an understanding of the properties of Earth materials, objects in the sky, and changes in Earth and sky.

  • a Categorize Earth's materials.

  • b Explain how surface features caused by constructive processes (e.g., depositions, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes) differ from destructive processes (e.g., erosion, weathering, impact of organisms).

  • c Summarize how weather changes.

  • d Describe changes caused by humans on the environment and natural resources and cite evidence from research of ways to conserve natural resources in the United States, including (but not limited to) Mississippi. Examples of Mississippi efforts include the following:

    • Associated Physics of America, a private company located in Greenwood Mississippi, develops ways to convert a variety of agricultural products into efficient, environment-friendly and cost-effective energy sources.

    • The Natural Resource Enterprises (NRE) Program of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Cooperative Extension Service at MSU educate landowners in the Southeast about sustainable natural resource enterprises and compatible habitat management practices.

    • The Engineer Research and Development Center of the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides quality engineering and other professional products and services to develop and manage the Nation's water resources, reduce flood damage, and protect the environment.

  • e Predict the movement patterns of the sun, moon, and Earth over a specified time period.

  • f Compare and contrast the physical characteristics of the planets (e.g., mass, surface gravity, distance from the sun, surface characteristics, moons).

  • g Conclude that the supply of many Earth resources (e.g., fuels, metals, fresh water, farmland) is limited and critique a plan to extend the use of Earth's resources (e.g., recycling, reuse, renewal).