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Skills available for South Dakota fifth-grade science standards

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Life Science

Earth and Space Science

  • Stars range greatly in size and distance from Earth, and this can explain their relative brightness.

  • Earth's orbit and rotation and the orbit of the moon around Earth cause observable patterns, such as length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

  • Four major Earth systems interact. Rainfall helps to shape the land and affects the types of living things found in a region. Water, ice, wind, organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller pieces and move them around. The geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

  • Most of Earth's water is in the ocean and much of Earth's fresh water is in glaciers or underground.

  • Societal activities have had major effects on land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Societal activities can also help protect Earth's resources and environments.

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

  • 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.

  • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the interaction of geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere.

  • 5-ESS2-2 Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.

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