Grade 5 Minnesota Science Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
This article covers Minnesota's 5th grade science standards. You can find information about what students will study in this grade. You'll also learn about study resources that can help 5th graders excel in class.

Minnesota Science Standards for 5th Grade

Minnesota breaks down 5th grade science standards into four core categories:

The Nature of Science and Engineering

Students will study the importance of communication, accurate records, evidence and repeatability in this grade. They will learn why a scientific experiment can yield different results when repeated. The uses and limitations of models will be discussed.

5th graders will learn to come up with questions, plan investigations, collect evidence and carry out an experiment. They will study how science and engineering relate to local beliefs. Kids will also learn how to use scales, tables, spreadsheets and various kinds of maps.

Kids can reinforce what they're learning in class with these lessons on science basics. These short lessons are designed to help students learn more about the tools used in science, the scientific method and more.

Physical Science

While studying physical science, students will learn more about simple machines. They will study the forces that cause an object to move, slow it down, speed it up, or change its course. Kids will explore the connection between force and motion.

This resource on physics includes lessons on force and motion that can help kids review this subject at their own pace. Kids can go over this information as many times as they would like to make sure they understand what they're learning.

Earth Science

The formation of soil will be covered in this grade. Students will study water erosion, volcanoes and landslides. They will learn about different energy and material resources, as well as how these resources are found and used. Time will be spent learning how individuals can impact natural ecosystems.

Kids can complete these lessons on geology and environmental science to get a handle on this topic. They'll be able to go over soil, volcanic eruptions, different natural resources, pollution, conservation and more.

Life Science

Students will study how plants and animals are structured to live in different natural systems. They will examine the natural systems found in Minnesota and create a habitat of their own. Kids will also learn how small changes can affect an ecosystem. Finally, students will focus on how humans positively and negatively change the world around them.

It's easy to learn more about plants and animals with these short lessons. Kids can focus on the living organisms they're studying in class to ensure they understand this subject. They'll also learn about the habitats of various plants and animals.

Minnesota Science Assessments for 5th Grade

5th graders will need to complete a Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment to measure their understanding of these scientific concepts. This assessment is carried out statewide, allowing educators to ensure they have a firm grasp on the progress levels of students throughout the state. Students can go back over the online lessons they completed throughout the year as they prepare for this assessment in order to make sure they're ready for the exam. Each lesson includes an interactive quiz that can help students get used to answering the kinds of questions they might face on this assessment.

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