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The Earth's Systems

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students are provided with an overview of the four major systems on Earth. Students will then analyze how the four spheres are pictured in a photograph.

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30 Resources

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Biosphere: The Earth's Biomes Day 1

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore the major biomes on Earth by labeling a world map and by examining how the Earth's systems affect the biomes on Earth.

40 Resources

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40 Resources

68 Favorites

Biosphere: The Earth's Biomes Day 2

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students research the major biomes on Earth by exploring several online resources and creating a Google Presentation.

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15 Resources

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Geosphere: Plate Tectonics

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore the plate tectonics theory by watching a video and taking notes. Then, students examine how the Earth's systems (spheres) interact when plates collide.

36 Resources

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36 Resources

77 Favorites

Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 1

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students use multiple online resources to define key rock cycle terms in order to complete a rock cycle diagram poster tomorrow.

30 Resources

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30 Resources

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Geosphere: The Rock Cycle Day 2

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students create and describe a rock cycle diagram poster and determine how the Earth's spheres interact in the rock cycle.

31 Resources

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31 Resources

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Hydrosphere: The Water Cycle Day 1

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore the process of condensation by completing two investigations. Students will then write and share scientific explanations of condensation by constructing evidence-based arguments.

29 Resources

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29 Resources

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Hydrosphere: The Water Cycle Day 2

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, student teams research key water cycle terms in order to complete a water cycle diagram poster. Then, students analyze and explain how the Earth's spheres interact during this process.

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34 Resources

35 Favorites

Hydrosphere: Water Distribution on Earth

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore the distribution of water on Earth by completing an investigation. Then students construct a circle graph to further analyze the Earth's water.

25 Resources

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25 Resources

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Hydrosphere: Why are Oceans Salty?

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore why there is salt and fresh water on Earth through class demonstrations and research. Then, students graph and describe the distribution of fresh water resources on Earth.

31 Resources

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31 Resources

27 Favorites

Atmosphere: An Envelope of Gases

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students research the atmosphere and create a poster to describe this system. Then, students will examine how the all of the Earth's spheres interact in the atmosphere.

31 Resources

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31 Resources

38 Favorites

Researching The Rain Shadow Effect

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students will begin creating a 3D model of the rain shadow effect. Then, students will explore the rain shadow effect by accessing several online resources.

33 Resources

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33 Resources

29 Favorites

Modeling The Rain Shadow Effect

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students complete their 3D model of the rain shadow effect by adding labels to explain the steps and key vocabulary. Then students discuss how the Earth's systems interact during this process.

33 Resources

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33 Resources

14 Favorites

Researching the Weathering & Erosion Processes

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students explore the difference between weathering and erosion. Then students research the erosion process in-depth using online resources.

19 Resources

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19 Resources

32 Favorites

Modeling the Erosion Process

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students construct a stream table model to explore the process of erosion. Students then examine how the Earth's systems interact during the weathering and erosion processes.

32 Resources

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32 Resources

19 Favorites

Investigating Erosion Control Methods

5th Grade Science

» Unit:

Earth Systems

Big Idea:In this lesson, students conduct investigations to test erosion control methods. Then students compare models to determine which method most successfully prevented soil erosion and to discuss how Earth's systems interact during the erosion process.

45 Resources

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45 Resources

22 Favorites