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Skills available for Texas fifth-grade science standards

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1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter and energy and their interactions.

2 The student will demonstrate an understanding of force, motion, and energy and their relationships.

  • 5.6 The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.

    • A explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy;

    • B demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound;

    • C demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object or travels through one medium to another and demonstrate that light can be reflected such as the use of mirrors or other shiny surfaces and refracted such as the appearance of an object when observed through water; and

    • D design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

  • 3.6 The student knows that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms.

    • B demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done such as swings, balls, pulleys, and wagons.

3 The student will demonstrate an understanding of components, cycles, patterns, and natural events of Earth and space systems.

  • 5.7 The student knows Earth's surface is constantly changing and consists of useful resources.

  • 5.8 The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.

  • 4.7 The student knows that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing.

    • A examine properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants; and

    • C identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals; and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas; and the importance of conservation.

  • 4.8 The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.

    • A measure and record changes in weather and make predictions using weather maps, weather symbols, and a map key;

    • B describe and illustrate the continuous movement of water above and on the surface of Earth through the water cycle and explain the role of the Sun as a major source of energy in this process; and

    • C collect and analyze data to identify sequences and predict patterns of change in shadows, tides, seasons, and the observable appearance of the Moon over time.

  • 3.7 The student knows that Earth consists of natural resources and its surface is constantly changing.

    • B investigate rapid changes in Earth's surface such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and landslides.

  • 3.8 The student knows there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky.

    • D identify the planets in Earth's solar system and their position in relation to the Sun.

4 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the structures and functions of living organisms and their interdependence on each other and on their environment.

These skills will not be listed under a separate reporting category. Instead, they will be incorporated into at least 40% of the test questions in reporting categories 1–4 and will be identified along with content standards.

  • 5.1 The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices.

    • A demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations; and

    • B make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials.

  • 5.2 The student uses scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations.

  • 5.3 The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.

    • A in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student;

    • B evaluate the accuracy of the information related to promotional materials for products and services such as nutritional labels;

    • C draw or develop a model that represents how something works or looks that cannot be seen such as how a soda dispensing machine works; and

    • D connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists.

  • 5.4 The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.

    • A collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors, pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observations of habitats or organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and

    • B use safety equipment, including safety goggles and gloves.