Posted: Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:11am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:07am

This Teacher Resource Guide has been developed to provide supporting materials to help educators successfully implement the Indiana Academic Standards for Fifth Grade. These resources are provided to help you in your work to ensure all students meet the rigorous learning expectations set by the Academic Standards. Use of these resources are optional; teachers should decide which resources will work best in their school for their students.

This resource document is a living document and will be frequently updated.

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Nick Flowers
Elementary Math and Science Specialist

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Physical Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
5.PS.1 Describe and measure the volume and mass of a sample of a given material.  
5.PS.2 Demonstrate that regardless of how parts of an object are assembled the mass of the whole object is identical to the sum of the mass of the parts; however, the volume can differ from the sum of the volumes.  (Law of Conservation of Mass)  
5.PS.3 Determine if matter has been added or lost by comparing mass when melting, freezing, or dissolving a sample of a substance.  (Law of Conservation of Mass) Melting and FreezingChemistry Reactions – Borax & Glue, Cream
5.PS.4 Describe the difference between weight being dependent on gravity and mass comprised of the amount of matter in a given substance or material.  
Earth and Space Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, and Simulations
5.ESS.1 Analyze the scale of our solar system and its components: our solar system includes the sun, moon, seven other planets and their moons, and many other objects like asteroids and comets. Visit or interact with a Planetarium
5.ESS.2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.  
5.ESS.3 Investigate ways individual communities within the United States protect the Earth’s resources and environment. Plaid Pete Knows His Resources, Naturally!
5.ESS.4 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Biosphere: The Earth’s BiomesOverview of Earth’s Systems
Life Science
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
5.LS.1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.  
5.LS.2 Observe and classify common Indiana organisms as producers, consumers, decomposers, or predator and prey based on their relationships and interactions with other organisms in their ecosystem.  
5.LS.3 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. Seeing is Believing?
2016 Indiana Academic Standards Activities, Labs, or Simulations
3-5.E.1 Identify a simple problem with the design of an object that reflects a need or a want.  Include criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.  
3-5.E.2 Construct and compare multiple plausible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.  
3-5.E.3 Construct and perform fair investigations in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.