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Grade 5 Science

Living Systems

The Amazing Human Body- Student Activity
Students explore the many different human body systems. They can study different human body systems in detail.  

 
Chapter 3- Animal Growth and Heredity

Mitosis- Cell division. 

Frog Life Cycle 
This single page from Enchanted Learning contains information and a print out of the life cycle of the frog.  It also has information on a frog's diet and classification.   

DNA, Genes
 
This site is produced by the University of Utah.  This site has individual flash movie files  that answer the questions What is DNA?  What are genes? and more.  

Animal Adaptations- Student Activity  
Decide what need an animal's adaptation fulfills. Students decide what need an animal's adaptation fulfills.  Smithsonian Institution Gardens and Horticultural Exhibitions.
 
Chapter 4- Plants and Their Adaptations 

Vascular Plants- Student Activity  
Students can see how material flows through a plant. Students can see how tissues in vascular plants  function to transport materials.   

Root Factory- Student Activity 

Root out the differences between plants!  Students identify different types of roots.   
 
The Great Plant Escape  
This award winning site covers germination, non-flowering plants and seeds.  The site contains a glossary, activities, and links to other related sites.  Students role play as detectives as they work through each case they are presented. 

Systems & Interactions in Nature
Cycles in Nature

Extreme Places 
Where are the highest, lowest, hottest, and coldest places on Earth?   
 
Water Cycle 
The age appropriate site explains the Water Cycle.  Go to the bottom of the page to find 5 Water Cycle activities pages for your students.  Use with 
 

Dumptown Game  
You are Dumptown's new City Manager! When you start to play, you'll see Dumptown at its worst - it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused.  Can you initiate programs to Dumptown's citizens to recycle and reduce waste?  
 
Water Recycling and Reuse 
The amount of water on the Earth today is the same as it was in the time of the dinosaurs.  The only thing that changes is the quality.  This web page developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explains the environmental benefits of water recycling. 

 
Chapter 2- Living Things Interact 

Exploring Ecosystems
 
Discover the plants, animals, and interactions that occur in three different ecosystems.  
 
Food Webs  
Students begin to understand ecosystems by building three food webs. 

Causes of Extinction  
Students learn the causes of extinction for many species. 

Smithsonian National Zoo 
Students learn about animals and plants and their environments.
 

Chapter 3- Biomes

Land Biomes 
 
This page will increase students general knowledge of biomes. 

Arctic Coastal Plain  
A tour of the ecosystems of the Arctic Coastal Plain.  

Biomes- Habitats  
Print- outs of animal and plant life found in ponds, intertidal zones, oceans and more.  

Exploring Estuaries  
What is an estuary?  What challenges do our estuaries face?  Students can take a virtual tour and try games and activities that test what they have learned.  This web site has a complete glossary too.  

Hilton Pond Center   
The Hilton Pond research project is an example of natural pond succession that  students can examine.  
 
Waste Not   
Students see how recycling plants do their job.  
 
Environmental Awareness 
Students can access information on global warming, acid rain, energy, natural resources and water at this grade appropriate site.  The site is available in Spanish too.  
  

Processes That Change the Earth

Earthquakes
 
This page designed for kids by the U.S. Department of Interior is very informative and includes maps of recent earthquakes in the USA, Science Fair Project Ideas, puzzles and games, as well as online activities.  
 
A Visit to Vesuvius  
Students can explore the ancient city of Pompeii.  They can visit a house, see art, see Vesuvius erupt, and learn what happened in this ancient city.  
 
Types of Land 
Students get definitions, pictures, and information for more than 20 different landforms and features.  
 
Landform Atlas 
This page helps students identify landforms in different states.   

Weather Wiz  
This page explains which weather instrument measures what and how it works.  This site is has information on all aspects of weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, and much more. 

Weather Watch 
This interactive site from Scholastic allows students to 'test drive' the tools meteorologists use everyday.  Students can click on each tool to learn about it.  There are also instructions on building it and using it in an experiment. 

Climate Change 
This page explains what climate is, the causes of climate change, and possible solutions. 
Chapter 4- Exploring the Oceans
Why is the Ocean Salty?
Students learn about the salinity of oceans and seas.  
 
Ocean Topics 
This page includes information on several ocean topics.  Students can use the frequently asked questions link to learn about ocean characteristics. 

Oceans Alive!  
This all inclusive site, created by the Museum of Science, is an excellent resource to reinforce and expand students understanding of ocean topics.

The Solar System and Beyond

Comparison Chart: Earth vs. Earth's Moon 
This Solar System Exploration site from NASA contains comparison charts for all the planets, profiles of each planet, and links to other sites.  
 
Solar System Bodies  
This Solar System Exploration page links to information about the sun, asteroids, meteoroids, comets, Kuiper belt objects, as well information about each planet.  Information is presented in two formats and students can click on a kid-friendly version of each page if they choose to.  The kid-friendly version has additional activities for students.  
 

Solar System  
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This excellent site from NASA covers the solar system as well as the sun, moon, meteoroids, planets, asteroid belt and comets.  The site uses audio as well print to introduce the topics.  There is a glossary and grade appropriate activities included.   

SUN 
 
The general characteristics of the sun are explained on this page.  There are links to pages explaining the production of solar energy, the study of the sun, and the importance of the sun on terrestrial life. 
 
Milky Way and Other Galaxies  
This page answers many frequently asked questions about the Milky Way and other galaxies.  
 
Galaxies Galore and More  
These web pages contain several online explorations and fun activities for students to complete.  They can build our Milky Way, Explore Galaxies, and play Galaxy Games.

Building Blocks of Matter

States of Matter  
Students can find how much movement occurs in the same matter in different states.  
 
Mixtures Lab   
Students can try their hand at separating different kinds of mixtures.  Lesson 1

Melting and Boiling  
Students run virtual experiments to determine the melting point of and boiling point of three different substances.  
 
Superplasticity  
Students discover why the "plasticity" of metal and its ability to be
molded is an important discovery.  

 
Chapter 2- Atoms and Elements
 
Chem4kids  
This site covers reactions, atoms and elements.  

Compounds 
Students review information about compound basics. 

Energy and Motion

Gravity 
This activity allows students to learn how gravity affects weight on different planets. 

Some Types of Force
Gravity, Friction, Balanced and Unbalanced Forces and more are explained with graphic reinforcement. 

Net Force
This page begins with the definition of Net Force and has three examples of  how force is measured. 

Chapter 2- Motion
 
Acceleration  
Students explore how mass, force, and acceleration are related. 

Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion
(You will need to download the VRML plugin to view the 3D effect on this site.) The laws of motion are examined on this site. 
 

Chapter 3- Forms of Energy
 
What is Energy?
Students learn what energy is, how we measure energy, how energy can be transformed into another form, and about some different forms of energy. 

Electromagnet Activity   
This virtual activity allows students to pick-up a set amount of paper clips by creating an electromagnet.  
 
All About Energy Quest 
This award winning site is the education web site of the California Energy Commission. It has grade appropriate information on all forms of energy including solar and thermal.