Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Grade 5: Life Science

 LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

5-LS1-1. Ask testable questions about the process by which plants use air, water, and energy from sunlight to produce sugars and plant materials needed for growth and reproduction.

State Assessment Boundary: • The chemical formula or molecular details about the process of photosynthesis are not expected in state assessment.



Plant structures,

Flower structures
Seed dispersal


Pollen Pictures


LS2. Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among producers, consumers, decomposers, and the air, water, and soil in the environment to (a) show that plants produce sugars and plant materials, (b) show that animals can eat plants and/or other animals for food, and (c) show that some organisms, including fungi and bacteria, break down dead organisms and recycle some materials back to the air and soil.

Clarification Statement: • Emphasis is on matter moving throughout the ecosystem.

State Assessment Boundary: • Molecular explanations, or distinctions among primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers, are not expected in state assessment.

5-LS2-2(MA). Compare at least two designs for a composter to determine which is most likely to encourage decomposition of materials.*

Clarification Statement: • Measures or evidence of decomposition should be on qualitative descriptions or comparisons.


Populations and ecosystems

What is an ecosystem
Three types of consumer - Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore
Predator/prey - lynx and the hare
Symbiosis - parasitism, commensalism, mutualism
Food chains - webs
Water cycle
CO2 - O2 cycle
Earth's biomes


Six Kingdoms of Life

Kingdoms of life - diagram