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Skills available for New Mexico fifth-grade science standards

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I Scientific Thinking and Practice

II Content of Science

  • I Understand the structure and properties of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the interactions between matter and energy.

  • II II Life Science: Understand the properties, structures, and processes of living things and the interdependence of living things and their environments.

  • III Understand the structure of Earth, the solar system, and the universe, the interconnections among them, and the processes and interactions of Earth's systems.

    • I Describe how the concepts of energy, matter, and force can be used to explain the observed behavior of the solar system, the universe, and their structures.

      • 1 Know that many objects in the universe are huge and are separated from one another by vast distances (e.g., many stars are larger than the sun but so distant that they look like points of light).

      • 2 Understand that Earth is part of a larger solar system, which is part of an even larger galaxy (Milky Way), which is one of many galaxies.

      • 3 Know that there have been manned and unmanned journeys to space and to the moon.

    • II Describe the structure of earth and its atmosphere and explain how energy, matter, and forces shape Earth's system.

      • 1 Understand that water and air relate to Earth's processes, including:

        • how the water cycle relates to weather

        • how clouds are made of tiny droplets of water, like fog or steam.

      • 2 Know that air is a substance that surrounds Earth (atmosphere), takes up space, and moves, and that temperature fluctuations and other factors produce wind currents.

      • 3 Know that most of Earth's surface is covered by water, that most of that water is salt water in oceans, and that fresh water is found in rivers, lakes, underground sources, and glaciers.

      • 4 Recognize that the seasons are caused by Earth's motion around the sun and the tilt of Earth's axis of rotation.

III Science and Society

  • I Understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by, individuals and societies.

    • I Explain how scientific discoveries and inventions have changed individuals and societies.

      • 1 Describe the contributions of science to understanding local or current issues (e.g., watershed and community decisions regarding water use).

      • 2 Describe how various technologies have affected the lives of individuals (e.g., transportation, entertainment, health).