Fifth Grade: Environmental Science

Variables
We open the year with a focus on scientific inquiry, emphasizing observation, reasoning, methodology, classification, and analyzing evidence. Students are introduced to formal classification schemes, outline events in the evolution of life on Earth, and explore the vast diversity of life through multiple visits to the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Biodiversity.
 
Environments
In the second unit, students examine ecosystem components and interactions, as well as natural cycles and processes of change, to investigate human impacts on these systems, and engage in studies that involve environmental research.
 
Plants
Students end the year by building upon conceptual knowledge of ecological interactions as they examine the importance and function of plants in their lives and in the environment.