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Grade 5 - 5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Grade 5 - 5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
• Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water. (5-LS1-1)

Performance Expectations Students who demonstrate understanding can:
5-LS1-1. 
Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water, not from the soil.]

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Use the Template and Resource Links to Fulfill NGSS

l. Goals:

  1. Understand that plant growth depends on their access to air and water.

Essential Questions:

  1. How do water and air help plants grow?
    NGSS Note: Think, question, entertain ideas.
     

ll. Introductory Activities to Assess Prior Knowledge

A. Simple Activities - that assess students’ understanding of what plants need to grow.

Label the Parts of the Plant

What Living Things Need - Labeling

What Do All Living Things Need? Fill in the Blank
 

lll. New Knowledge - Text

A. Read about animals that live in groups and consider how this helps them.

Plant Structure - The Parts of a Plant and Flower

 Photosynthesis Simplified (Elementary Levels)

B. Examples of Models (depicts the concept expressed in the reading):

Ask students to look at the model of what a plant needs and explain how this works.

What plants need to grow Model
lV. Experiments, Activities, Model-making (Critical Thinking)

 

Inquiry related to the plant's needs of water and air.

Learning About Plants - Make a Terrarium
Photosynthesis - A Simple Experiment

 

Photosynthesis - A Simple Experiment

V. Summarize Knowledge - Enduring Understandings

  1. Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water.

Vl. Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) - Grade 5

Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
• Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water. (5-LS1-1)

Science and Engineering Practices

Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Engaging in argument from evidence in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to critiquing the scientific explanations or solutions proposed by peers by citing relevant evidence about the natural and designed world(s).
• Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model. (5-LS1-1)

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and Matter
• Matter is transported into, out of, and within systems. (5-LS1-1)

Performance Expectations

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

5-LS1-1.  Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water, not from the soil.]

Common Core State Standards Connections

ELA/Literacy
RI.5.1    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (5-LS1-1)
RI.5.9    Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. (5-LS1-1)
W.5.1    Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (5-LS1-1)

Mathematics
MP.2  Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (5-LS1-1)
MP.4  Model with mathematics. (5-LS1-1)
MP.5  Use appropriate tools strategically. (5-LS1-1)
5.MD.A.1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems. (5-LS1-1)

Grade 5 - 5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

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