Science - 5th Grade
Students will understand that traits are passed from the parent organisms to their offspring, and that sometimes the offspring may possess variations of these traits that may help or hinder survival in a given environment.
5th Grade OER Science Textbook for Utah SEEd Standards
The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards. This OER textbook is also available in other languages at https://www.uen.org/oer/index.shtml.
5th Grade Sci-ber Text
From USBE, a fun, interactive online textbook. Correlates directly with Utah's science core curriculum.
5th Grade Teacher Resource Book (TRB)
Great resource for teaching the core curriculum, including activities and background information.
In this lesson, students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they've adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. This will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.
Includes a take-home activity for tracing inheritance of traits
NPS: Plant Adaptations Field Trip
This National Park Service group of lesson plans teach that plants that live in the high desert climate have various adaptations that help them survive and thrive.
On Selection, Traits, and Inheritance (pdf)
A description of wolves and whether captivity causes them to become "tame" over several generations
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database
Teaching Kits: Utah Geological Survey
Geology-Related Teaching Kits.
An online unit with bacground information, pictures, resources, activities, and more
Water Biomes of the World
You'll find a wide variety of animal life in or around fresh water ecosystems...aquatic birds... amphiphians..mammals and of course, a wide variety of fish. And the water cycle is very important to fresh water ecosystems.
What is a Trait?
Distinguish between physical traits and inherited traits on this site.
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