5th Grade
Common Core Science

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Earth and Space Science

Cycles and Patterns in the Solar System

  1. The solar system includes the sun and all celestial bodies that orbit the sun. Each planet in the solar system has unique characteristics.

  2. The sun is one of many stars that exist in the universe.

  3. Most of the cycles and patterns of motion between the Earth and sun are predictable.

  1. Earth's Resources-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to the earth-sun system, the earth-sun-moon system, the solar system, stars, and galaxies and beyond.  EXCELLENT
  2. Live videos of Earth.    This Link will present to you a live view of the Earth.  You may click on different areas of Earth to view it from various sites.  This is an outstanding website to teach night and day. You will be pleasantly surprised at how informative and accurate this site is.  You also may change the pixels to 550 to get a better view. 4 Star
  3. Maps and live videos of Earth.    This webpage will be updated as required to allow your students to view the world as we know it today.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how informative and accurate this web page is.
  4. Solar System Scope-Click to use solar system cope.  Drag to move camera, double click on a planet to visit it and see different  views by choosing from the menu.
  5. Kids Astronomy-Create your solar system.  Add planets, asteroids, or comets.
  6. Our Solar System-Complete a puzzle and then listen to a solar system song.
  7. Virtual Journey into the Universe-Click planet to choose destination.  Great sound effects!
  8. Explore Our Solar System-Facts and figures with animation.
  9. Space Place NASA-NASA has a mission play a game if a planet has a ! above the planet.
  10. Solar System Jigsaw-Choose your level: planet, moon, or hardware.
  11. Solar System Slideshow
  12. Solar System ICT Games- Learn the order of the planets and watch them orbit the sun.
  13. Surfing the Solar System- A web scavenger hunt from Project Astro.
  14. Our Solar System Portal- Explore The Milky Way Galaxy
  15. The Solar System:  Giant Stars- Get a close look at the planets.
  16. Solar System Exploration   This site was created by NASA and will cover quite a few state standards.  This is one of the sites you spend quite a bit of time with because it illustrates so much. 3 Star
  17. Star Spectra  Analyze the spectra of a variety of stars. Determine the elements that are represented in each spectrum, and use this information to infer the temperature and classification of the star. Look for unusual features such as red-shifted stars, nebulas, and stars with large planets. 4 Star
  18.  Grade 5_ESS_solar system  Smart Notebook Lesson
  19.  Video on why do shadows change position during the day?


  1. Great video of the Solar System  4 Stars
  2.  Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator Great site to illustrate why we have seasons.
  3. Seasons on Earth  This is an Interactive site
  4. Earth's orbit around the sun
  5. Earth's Orbit and why we have seasons.
  6. Showing Seasons   Animation of Earth.
  7. Story Books for Science  4 Stars



Physical Science
Light, Sound, & Motion  


  1. The amount of change in movement of an object is based on the weight of the object and the amount of force exerted.

  2. Light and sound are forms of energy that behave in predicable ways.



  1. Energy-McGraw Hill vocabulary games, animated summary, quizzes, and videos.  This link will bring you to heat, sound, and light.  EXCELLENT
  2. Future Energy Resources-  recap 8 types of energy, then explore current energy sources, and lastly generating electricity.
  3. Energised- Energised introduces you to the fascinating world of energy.  Look at different forms of energy and how we use energy in the past, present, and future.
  4. Forms of Energy- Forms of energy quiz machine.
  5. What is Sound- A narration of what sound energy is.  Click images to get more information.
  6. Good Vibrations-find out how sound words.
  7. Brain Pop: Forms of Energy-Forms of energy quiz and movie.
  8. Story Books for Science  4 Stars

Life Science

Interactions with ecosystems

  1. Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.

  2. All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

  1. Ecosystems- all living things interact with other living things and with their surrounding environment.
  2. Half a Min- Ecosystems vocabulary game, unscramble the words.
  3. Producers, Consumers, & Decomposers- A one way flow of energy through organisms and a cycling of materials among them organizes life in the biosphere.  Animated demonstration.
  4. Analyzing an Ecosystem-This is an animation of analyzing an ecosystem.  Click the questions and you will see the explanation demonstrated.
  5. Virtual Ecosphere- Build an ecosphere without getting your hands dirty.
  6. Rainforest Ecosystem-Slideshow and then play a game.
  7. St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem-The St. Lawrence marine ecosystem is in danger.  They need your help!
  8. Video on food chains Part 1
  9. Video on food chains Part 2
  10. Forces and Motion smart notebook
  11. Story Books for Science  4 Stars