• Science Syllabus 2021-22


    Science Course Description

    In Fifth grade, students will be examining physical, earth, and life science topics throughout the year. We will be doing many exploration activities and lab activities in the classroom. There will be numerous opportunities for project and inquiry-based learning. As the year progresses, students will work on developing their own scientific experiments. We will be using lots of hands-on activities and technology to enrich the curriculum. Students will maintain a working notebook and a lab journal rich with literary opportunities and reflections. Our student scientists will be developing a clearer understanding of the world around them including systems, cycles, and forces while monitoring their growth. Additionally, students will be challenged weekly during “STEM Challenges”. These challenges will require students to work in groups to problem solve and think scientifically about concepts and ultimately push them to move out of their comfort zones and begin experimental thinking.


    Science and Technology




    Earth's Resources

    Weather and Seasons

    Animals and Plants



    All teachers use a district weighting system. All grades will be recorded in PowerSchool.  No “extra credit” will be available. To earn the best grade, complete work on time. Grades will be weighted based on categories of: 


    Learning:       70%  (Classwork / Homework / Quizzes)

    Assessment:  30%  (Tests / Projects / experiments)


    • 90-100                                A Excellent 
    • 80-89                                  B Above Average 
    • 75-79                                  C Average 
    • 70-74                                  D Below Average 
    • 69 or below                       F Unsatisfactory 


    Study Resources:

    • Science Fusion
    • BrainPop
    • Flocabulay
    • www.studyisland.com
    • https://www.broadlearnings.com/
    • A variety of online articles
    • Podcasts (Overhead at National Geographic, Star Talk Radio, and many more!)
    • Ted-Ed t
    • Discovery Kids

    Expectations of Student Behavior:

    Please refer to the student/parent handbook(online) for school wide rules. Students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in virtual learning.  The Houston Independent School District Code of Student Conduct will also be enforced. 


    Presentation of Rules and Procedures:

    During the first week of school, all rules and positive and negative consequences are reviewed with the students in each class.  These will be reviewed throughout the year, when needed. Expectations are posted and discussed in class. Students are encouraged to take responsibility and ownership of their choices.


    No homework excuse 


    Classwork and Homework Policy

    We encourage students to take pride in their work, therefore all work should be neat, complete, on time, and represent the child’s best effort. Due to individual differences in learning styles and work habits, time spent on homework each night will vary from child to child. Your child should check his/her HUB account daily.


    Communication with Parents:

    Keeping the lines of communication between students, parents, and teachers is important. We always welcome parents' inquiries and emails. Please also encourage your child to ask his/her teacher when there is a question/concern. Please email to make a conference meeting on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.


    Science Course Outline:

    • Unit 1 – Setting Up for Science (Safety, Routines, and Tools)
    • Unit 2 - Engineering Process
    • Unit 3 – Physical Properties of Matter (Matter and Change, Relative Density, Magnetism, Mixtures, Solutions and Solubility, Conductors and Insulators, Classifying and Process Skills)
    • Unit 4 – Force and Motion 
    • Unit 5 - Energy (Thermal, Sound, Mechanical, and Light Energy)
    • Unit 6 – Electricity
    • Unit 7 – Water Cycle
    • Unit 8 – Weather and Climate
    • Unit 9 – Landforms
    • Unit 10 – Earth’s Materials and Processes
    • Unit 11 – The Sun, Earth, and Moon
    • Unit 12 – Ecosystems (Environments and Food Chains/Food Webs)
    • Unit 13 – Adaptations (Plant Adaptations, Animal Adaptations, and Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors)
    • Unit 14 – Physical Science Review
    • Unit 15 – Earth and Space Science Review
    • Unit 16 – Life Science Review
    • Unit 17 – Investigations