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5th Grade - March 2018
 

Happy Spring! This month your students will be finishing up their exploration of circuits and conductors, taking a look at the “shocking” causes of static electricity and racing into forces and motion after Spring Break. Check out our new Introduction to Static Electricity video and share this learning goal with your class.

 

UNITS
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Learning Goal 20

Vocabulary
battery, closed circuit, open circuit, positive charge, conductor, current insulator, negative charge

Featured Formative Assessment
How Can You Light the Bulb?

Hands-On Activity
Squishy Circuits

Discovery Education Interactives
Racing RC Cars - DE Virtual Lab

Collaboration and Rich Discussion (students work in groups)
CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning)
The light switch on the wall turns on the lights. When the lights are on, is the circuit open or closed? How do you know?

As students develop their claim, allow them to draw diagrams to show their evidence and then write their reasoning in the form of an explanation. Remember, with CER (and ADI) it’s not about getting the answer right, it’s about getting the process right. Oftentimes, students will have that “aha” moment while participating in the activity.

SOS Strategies from Discovery Education
Three Truths and One Lie - show the clip from the Magic School Bus Gets Charged
  1. Electric charges move through a circuit
  2. Opposites attract
  3. The light bulb makes the electricity for the circuit
  4. The battery makes the charges move through the wire
USA TestPrep
  • Circuits - BEGENUFUJE

UNITS
Clicking on each unit title will take you to the cPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications for that standard.

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Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 21

Vocabulary
attract, repel, non-contact force

Featured Formative Assessment
Can It Be Electrically Charged?

Hands-On Activity
Video - 9 Great Demonstrations of Static Charge. Try some with your students!

Discovery Education Interactives
Static Electricity (English) (Spanish)

Collaboration and Rich Discussion (students work in groups)
ADI (Argument Driven Inquiry)
Does the Size of a balloon increase the amount of material that it attracts? (pg. 62 in Cambridge Curriculum Map)

CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning)
What causes the match to spin? How do you know? (Play this video) for your students (or demonstrate it!)

As students develop their claim, allow them to draw diagrams to show their evidence and then write their reasoning in the form of an explanation. Remember, with CER (and ADI) it’s not about getting the answer right, it’s about getting the process right. Oftentimes, students will have that “aha” moment while participating in the activity.

SOS Strategies from Discovery Education
The Rest of the Story - show the clip Keith's Staticky Cat, but stop at the 12-second mark. Ask students to write the rest of the story.

USA TestPrep
  • Static Electricity - DUHAWUTAYU

 

UNITS
Clicking on each unit title will take you to the CPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications and content limits for the SSA.

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Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 22

Vocabulary
contact force, friction, gravity, acceleration, magnetic, push, pull

Featured Formative Assessment Hands-On Activity
Have students read It's Game Time, then create marble scenarios and map the results. Discuss why the marbles changed speed and/or direction.

Discovery Education Interactives
Changing Direction (English) (Spanish)

Collaboration and Rich Discussion (students work in groups)
CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning)
What is in the cereal that is attracted to the magnet? How do you know? (Play this video for your students (or demonstrate it!)

How does the ping pong ball appear defy gravity? (Play this video for your students (or demonstrate it!)

As students develop their claim, allow them to draw diagrams to show their evidence and then write their reasoning in the form of an explanation. Remember, with CER (and ADI) it’s not about getting the answer right, it’s about getting the process right. Oftentimes, students will have that “aha” moment while participating in the activity.

SOS Strategies from Discovery Education
Things That Make You Go Hmm - use the two video clips Invisible Forces and Facts about Forces

USA TestPrep

  • Forces and Motion - DEJOMUHUFO

 
 

SSA Test Taking Skills Practice
PowerPoint - use as a daily practice to build skills in data and question analysis.

 

Coming Soon! REVISED PowerPoint with more questions for review, a toolbox link, and more!

 
 

March is Women’s History Month! While students are learning about the founding documents of the United States take some time to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” - President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

 

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Learning Goal 24
Learning Goal 25
Learning Goal 26
Learning Goal 27
Learning Goal 28
Learning Goal 29

Benchmarks
SS.5.A.5.9, SS.5.A.5.10, SS.5.A.6.2, SS.5.C.1.4, SS.5.C.3.1, SS.5.C.3.3 SS.5.C.3.6, Florida Statute 1003.42

Vocabulary
constitution, ratify, delegate, veto, appeal, impeach, federalism, amendment, persuade

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