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Skills available for New Mexico fifth-grade science standards

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5-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions

5-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interaction

  • 5-PS2-1 Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

    • 7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence

    • PS2.B Types of Interactions

      • PS2.B.3 The gravitational force of Earth acting on an object near Earth's surface pulls that object toward the planet's center.

    • 2 Cause and Effect

      • 2.1 Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified and used to explain change.

5-PS3 Energy

5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

5-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

5-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe

  • 5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

    • 7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence

      • 7.d Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.

    • ESS1.A The Universe and its Stars

      • ESS1.A.1 The sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth.

    • 3 Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

  • 5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

    • 4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data

      • 4.a Represent data in graphical displays (bar graphs, pictographs and/or pie charts) to reveal patterns that indicate relationships.

    • ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System

      • ESS1.B.1 The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.

    • 1 Patterns

      • 1.1 Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, communicate and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena.

5-ESS2 Earth's Systems

5-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

  • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth's resources and environment.

    • Science literacy: how can a community protect sea turtles? (5-Q.1)
    • 8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

      • 8.d Obtain and combine information from books and/or other reliable media to explain phenomena or solutions to a design problem.

    • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

      • ESS3.C.1 Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth's resources and environments.

    • 4 Systems and System Models

      • 4.2 A system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.

5-SS Science and Society

  • 5-SS-1 NM Communicate information gathered from books, reliable media, or outside sources, that describes how a variety of scientists and engineers across New Mexico have improved existing technologies, developed new ones, or improved society through applications of science.

    • 8 Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

      • 8.a Read and comprehend grade-appropriate complex texts and/or other reliable media to summarize and obtain scientific and technical ideas and describe how they are supported by evidence.

    • ETS2.A Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology

      • ETS2.A Advances in science offer new capabilities, new materials, or new understanding of processes that can be applied through engineering to produce advances in technology.

      • ETS2.A Advances in technology, in turn, provide scientists with new capabilities to probe the natural world at larger or smaller scales; to record, manage, and analyze data; and to model ever more complex systems with greater precision.

      • ETS2.A In addition, engineers' efforts to develop or improve technologies often raise new questions for scientists' investigation.

    • 2.1.3 Science is a Human Endeavor

      • Men and women from all cultures and backgrounds choose careers as scientists and engineers.

      • Most scientists and engineers work in teams.

      • Science affects everyday life.

      • Creativity and imagination are important to science.

    • 2.1.1 Science is a Way of Knowing

      • Science is both a body of knowledge and processes that add new knowledge.

      • Science is a way of knowing that is used by many people.