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Fifth graders use research skills to explore conservation of natural resources. They explore methods that scientists use to learn about the world and design their own explorations. Students also research the way natural resources are used and conserved, and conduct a conservation simulation by experimenting with energy in a battery.
The presidential election of 1912 was a turning point in American politics. Whoever won would reshape the political spectrum. Learn about the key issues, each party's politics, and the four men who wanted to become president: William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, and Woodrow Wilson.
Young scientists identify erosion, explain the causes of erosion, and name some techniques that can slow the process of erosion. Learners are divided up into groups of four and perform a simulation of soil erosion in class. The instructions are clearly explained, and each group writes down their observations of the experiment in their science journals. This is a well-designed lesson that should stimulate excitement, and understanding.
Fifth graders study the impact of human activity on water quality and on the ecosystems of Earth. After a discussion on the various ways that water can be polluted, groups of youngsters get together to figure out the best way to clean a polluted sample of water. They must choose between screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment. A terrific, hands-on science lesson.
Here is an in-depth, and incredibly thorough lesson plan on sustainable agricultural practices; specifically, regarding the growth of coffee. After completing and discussing a worksheet called "Thinking About Tomorrow," groups of learners get together in groups and they perform simulation activities around the topic of sustainability. This ambitious resource has everything you need embedded in it, and should lead to an outstanding educational experience for your class.
Fifth graders engage in some activities that will help them to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion. They also look into ways that humans can slow the process of erosion in some cases. After a teacher-led demonstration, everyone goes outside to the playground to see how running water is a main source of erosion of soil and rock. This is a fine lesson plan, nicely written and organized.
Here is a fine instructional activity for fifth graders that will give them an idea of the variety of impacts that human-introduced pollutants have on the environment. After an initial class discussion and teacher-led demonstration, pupils brainstorm the ways that they could clean up some contaminated water. They are introduced to the processes of screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment for cleaning up polluted water.
As part of a unit on Arizona's biotic communities, young ecology learners create a map. They describe how humans and animals adapt in their habitat. They take notes and create graphic organizers from articles they read. Beautiful maps, graphic organizers, grading rubrics, and student worksheets are provided to make teaching this top-notch lesson a breeze!
Fifth graders are introduced to the important topic of renewable, and non-renewable, resources. They are expected to be able to correctly categorize different types of resources as renewable or non-renewable. Another emphasis of this lesson is to teach the importance of conserving our non-renewable resources. An important lesson in this era of over-consumption.
Here's a fine lesson on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy for your 5th graders. In it, learners list a number of natural resources on the board, then try to sort the resources into appropriate categories. This helps them to define and understand renewable vs, non-renewable resources. The discussion concludes with ways that the non-renewable resources can be conserved by everyone in the class.
Seventh graders discover the interconnectedness of plants and animals in ecosystems. In groups, they create a food web and discuss the problems when one link of the chain is broken. To end the instructional activity, they set up a balanced environment and identify the factors that are needed to keep it balanced.
Read the story Make Way for Ducklings and introduce little ones to the five themes of geography. Reread the story, while displaying transparencies to reinforce the five themes. In groups, learners view pictures and identify the themes on a notecard. They draw a map of their classroom and apply the concepts as well.
Students use the disciplines of math and science to examine ecosystems. In groups, they calculate the amount of supplies they would need to live in the classroom for one day, a week and a year. Using this information, they apply it to situations facing the world. To end the lesson plan, they examine the amount of paper wasted in their class and how to use it more efficiently.