Colorado Science Standards for 5th Grade

Instructor: Shelby Golden
You can check out this article to learn more about Colorado's science standards for 5th grade. You'll find information regarding what 5th graders will study. Helpful learning resources are also provided.

5th Grade Science Standards in Colorado

5th graders in Colorado will focus on three key areas of scientific study:

Physical Science

In this grade, students will learn how to work with simple liquid and gas mixtures. They'll also consider weight and mass.

Kids can learn more about liquids and gases with these chemistry lessons, and they can check out this lesson to ensure they understand mass and how it differs from weight. Working with these short lessons makes it easy for students to review these concepts.

Life Science

Kids will study important organs and structures found in plants and animals. They'll consider how certain structures relate to the survival of living organisms. Time will be spent studying models of different organisms. Students will also discuss the survival needs of humans. Human body systems and organs will also be focused on in 5th grade.

These lessons on animals and plants provide students with a great way to reinforce their knowledge of these living creatures. These lessons on body systems can also be used to explore the numerous organs and systems found in the human body. Students can work at their own speed and access interactive quizzes to make sure they grasp these subjects.

Earth System Science

Resources from the Earth and Sun will be studied in this grade. Additionally, students will learn about plate tectonics, human activity, erosion and other factors that cause changes to the surface of the Earth. They will learn about weather conditions, temperature, wind, weather tools and air pressure.

Students who are looking for some extra study help can go over these lessons on geology, weather and environmental science. Each lesson can be accessed whenever it's most convenient for the student. Additionally, science experts support these lessons and can help students out if they get stuck on a concept.

5th Grade 21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies in Science

The state of Colorado includes science competencies in the standards for 5th grade. These competencies deal with the scientific skills that students should work on developing at this grade level. These abilities build on what students learned in previous years and help them prepare for the grades to come. Students will be working towards improving their abilities with regards to:

  • Self-direction
  • Collaboration
  • Information literacy
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Invention

As they work on these skills, students should be able to ask questions, come up with hypotheses, use scientific tools, carry out a scientific inquiry and properly report their findings. Students will work to find information from different sources. They should also learn to discuss their findings, as well as scientific information provided by other individuals. Students will use models as they learn. In this grade, students will also work with weather maps.

These lessons on science basics can provide students with the support they need as they work on developing their skills. Students can build up their reasoning skills, learn important scientific terms, find out how to create a hypothesis and more. These lessons can be viewed multiple times, allowing students to go back and review information if they need to.

Students will also face inquiry questions throughout the school year that will ensure they're understanding what they're learning. Additionally, Colorado includes examples of real world applications of the scientific concepts students are studying.

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