Michael J. Allen

Class of 2017 - 2018

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Summary of Science Curriculum for  MCAS

5th grade material

 

Space

Earth rotation - day and night
Why we have seasons
Phases of the moon
Inner planets/ outer planets
Big Bang
Life cycle of stars

 

Rocks and minerals

Mineral tests
Example of mineral - iron, quartz, diamond
Igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary
Rock cycle

Rock cycle 2
Structure of the earth - tectonic plates
Fossils
Erosion
Soil
Volcanoes and example - Mt. St. Helens

 

Light and sound

Electromagnetic radiation
Light wave diagram and labels
Convex/concave mirrors

Convex/concave lens
Refraction
Opaque/transparent/translucent
Sound wave diagrams
Pitch

 

Populations and ecosystems

What is an ecosystem
Producer/consumer/decomposer
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

 

Plants:

Plant structures,

Flower structures
Seed dispersal
Photosynthesis

Transpiration

 

Simple Machines

Types of machines
1st/ 2nd/ 3rd class levers
Gears
Pulleys
Compound machines
Work = force x distance - why simple machines work


Energy

Here is a resource to find out more about Energy.

 

4th grade material



Weather

What is air, the atmosphere
Land and sea breezes
Air pressure and measuring air pressure
Wind
Relative humidity
Clouds
Cold front / Warm front
Thunderstorms
Hurricanes

Tornados

Climate - general information and many questions answered!
Climate types - polar/tropical/temperate

 

Properties of matter

What is matter - volume, mass, density
States of matter - solid/liquid/gas
Molecules and compounds
Energy
Physical changes and chemical changes to matter

 

Magnetism and electricity

Properties of magnets
Magnetism explained including Magnetic fields
Lodestones
Static electricity

Electricity
Electric circuits
Conductors and insulators
Series and parallel circuits
How electricity is made in power stations
Electromagnets

 

Animal adaptations

Five basic animal needs
Animal Adaptations plus examples - include hibernation

Animal adaptations game
Instinctive/learned behaviors
Classifying life - King Phillip, Come Out For Goodness Sake!

Six Kingdoms of Life

Kingdoms of life - diagram
Vertebrates

Fish
Birds

Amphibians
Reptiles
Mammals

Invertebrates
Frog life cycle -
Butterfly life cycle



Technology

MCAS questions usually ask you to, firstly, list materials and, secondly, draw designs/diagrams (labelled drawings) for:

boxes,

tents/shelters,

shelves,

storage containers,

paper airplanes,

devices for retrieving water from a well.

Usually, you must then describe in words the steps you would take to make the object described in your diagram.