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Scientist looking at organisms. 

 

Fifth Grade
Unit 2
 Investigation

Enduring Understanding:
We understand the world by investigating, or seeking answers, to our questions.

Essential Question:
How do scientists learn about the natural world?

Inquiry and Research Project / Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

Week 1: Hidden Worlds

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers analyze how the organization of the text influences the relationship among ideas.

Essential Question:
How can recognizing sequence help you understand the relationship between ideas?
Visual Vocabulary Cards Vocabulary cards with teacher notes in PowerPoint format

Discovery EducationMirrors and Lenses
This short video describes different types of mirrors and lenses, including those used in a microscope. Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link below. Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded prior to use as per AACPS guidelines. 

Thinking Map: Flow Map
Use this blank flow map on your SMARTboard to sequence ideas.
 Virtual Microscope This website allows you to look at several items through a virtual microscope.

  Vocabulary Game
Test your vocabulary knowledge as you fill in the blanks.

Smartboard Can you identify these microscopic pictures? After examining magnified pictures, you will play a matching game to see how well you remember what you saw.

Week 2:  Rattlers!

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers think about what the sentences in a passage have in common to determine the main idea.

Essential Question:
What do all of the important details in this selection have in common?

Visual Vocabulary Cards

Vocabulary cards with teacher notes in PowerPoint format.


Discovery EducationRattlesnake video
Discovery Education video about Diamondback Rattlesnakes. Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link below. Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded prior to use as per AACPS guidelines.

 

Thinking Map: Tree Map
Use the blank tree map on your SmartBoard to identify the main idea and supporting details of each section of the selection. Then show how they relate to the main idea of the entire piece.

Rattlesnake Research

Research different types of rattlesnakes. Then complete the organizer with the information you have found. (Inspiration)

Treasures IconVocabulary Game

Can you match the correct word to its definition?

Week 3: These Robots are Wild!

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers look for clues that reveal whether the author's purpose was achieved.

Essential Question:
Why do you think the author wrote the story, and did he or she achieve their purpose?

Visual Vocabulary Cards

Vocabulary cards with teacher notes in PowerPoint format.


Discovery EducationRobotic Video
Discovery Education video about a vehicle based on a six-legged insect.
Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link below. Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded prior to use as per AACPS guidelines.

 

Thinking Map:  Brace Map Use this blank brace map on your SMARTboard to determine the author's purpose. 
 SmartboardDesign your own robot Use the robot factory to create your own robot. When you are finished you will describe all the features of your robot and what kinds of tasks it can complete.
Treasures LogoVocabulary Game

Use your vocabulary knowledge to fill in the blanks.

 

Week 4: Up in the Air: The Story of Balloon Flight

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers verify facts and distinguish them from opinions.

Essential Question:
Why is it important to verify facts and distinguish them from opinions?

Visual Vocabulary Cards

Vocabulary cards with teacher notes in PowerPoint format.

Discovery EdHot Air Balloons This video provides a short history of hot air balloons and describes how they work. Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link below. Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded prior to use as per AACPS guidelines.

Thinking Map: Double Bubble
Use this blank double bubble map on your SMARTboard to compare the idea of facts and opinions.
Hot Air Balloon Experiments
This interactive website guides you through experiments that show how a hot air balloon works.

 

Treasures LogoVocabulary Game
M
atch the word to its correct definition.

 

Week 5:  Hurricanes

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding:
Good readers analyze how the organization of a text influences the relationship among ideas.

Essential Question:
How can recognizing description help you understand the relationships between ideas?

Visual Vocabulary Cards- Vocabulary cards with teacher notes in PowerPoint format

Discovery Education
Weather Smart: Hurricanes
Discovery Education video detailing the elements of hurricanes. Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link below. Please note that Discovery Streaming Videos must be downloaded prior to use as per AACPS guidelines.


Thinking Map: Bridge Map
Use this blank  map on your SMARTboard to identify relationships between ideas. 

Hurricane brochure
Create a brochure for other students based on your research. 

 

Teacher Notes:

Content Option 1 Use AACPS Approved Online Databases to find out more about hurricanes.

Content Option 2:  Utilize this website to collect information.

Product Option 1 Create an authentic brochure using Publisher.

Product Option 2 Allow this site to guide you through the process of creating a brochure.

Treasures LogoVocabulary Game

Use your vocabulary knowledge to fill in the blanks.

Inquiry and Research Project

Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Enduring Understanding: We understand the world by investigating, or seeking answers to our questions.

Essential Question: How do scientists learn about the natural world?

  SMARTnotebook icon Scientist Research Research different types of scientists then create a presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme Connections

Writing Resources

Unit Project Resources

PERSUASIVE WRITING


Theme Statement:
We study the world by investigating, or seeking answers to our questions.  How can I learn to study the natural world the way a scientist does? 

(page xvi)

This notebook activity gives students the chance to support their opinions on different topics

This website examines advertising and the messages that are sent.

This interactive activity review supporting details and has a quiz as well.
Space Suit Research
Students will research space suits and why they are effective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Notes

Standards

Resources

Common Core Standard: L.5.6. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Visual Vocabulary Cards-(Hidden Worlds)

Vocabulary Game(Hidden Worlds)

Visual Vocabulary Cards-(Rattlers)

Vocabulary Game(Rattlers)

Vocabulary Game(These Robots are Wild)

Visual Vocabulary Cards- (These Robots are Wild)

Vocabulary Game(Up in the Air)

Visual Vocabulary Cards- (Up in the Air)

Vocabulary Game(Hurricanes)

Visual Vocabulary Cards- (Hurricanes)

Common Core Standard: SL.5.5. Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Rattlesnake video

Weather Smart: Hurricanes

Hot Air Balloons-

Robotic video

Mirrors and Lenses

Thinking Map: Double Bubble

Common Core Standard: RI.5.7. Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.


Technology Standard:
3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Can you identify these microscopic pictures?

Virtual Microscope

Rattlesnake Research

Learn how hot air balloons work

Hot Air Balloon Experiments

Common Core Standard: RL.5.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Technology Standard: Standard 5.0 – Technology for Information Use and Management: Use technology to locate, evaluate, gather, and organize information.

Thinking Map: Flow Map

Thinking Map: Brace Map

Thinking Map: Bubble Map

Common Core Standard: W.5.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Technology Standard: 3- Technology for Learning and Collaboration

Design your own robot

Hurricane brochure

Teacher Note:  This activity is differentiated for content as well as for product.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2014