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"A child should be educated, not to earn a living, but to build a world."
- Abhijit Naskar

Grade 5 Science

In this course


Topic A: Electricity and Magnetism

Topic B: Mechanisms using Electricity

Topic C: Classroom Chemistry

Topic D: Weather Watch

Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

Topic A: Electricity and Magnetism

Students learn about electricity by building and testing circuits. Using batteries, bulbs and wires, students construct simple circuits and test the effects of various modifications. Through such tests, they discover that a circuit requires a closed pathway for electricity and that some materials conduct electricity and others do not

Topic B: Mechanisms using Electricity

Students build electrical devices for a variety of purposes, using knowledge gained in the previous topic. Tasks that students are assigned may include such things as making a switch from scrap materials, making a device to control the speed of a motor, making a burglar alarm and lighting three bulbs from one source.

Topic C: Classroom Chemistry

Students learn about the properties and interactions of some safe to handle household liquids and solids. They test a variety of materials to see what happens when things are mixed together: what dissolves, what reacts and what remains unaffected. As an example of a chemical reaction, students learn to produce carbon dioxide gas and show that this gas differs from ordinary air

Topic D: Weather Watch

Students learn to measure temperatures, wind speed and direction, the amounts of rain and snow, and the amount of cloud cover. In studying causes and patterns of air movements, students learn about the effects of uneven heating and cooling and discover the same patterns of air movement in indoor environments as are found outdoors. They also learn about human actions that can affect weather and climate and study the design and testing of clothing used as protection against the weather.

Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

Students learn about the structure and growth of plants by raising plants in the classroom and by observing plant growth within the community. They learn to recognize and describe different forms of leaves, stems, roots and flowers and learn their functions in supporting the growth and reproduction of the plant. They learn various ways of starting new plants and the plants’ requirements for growth.