Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Classroom Kits

In this unit that focuses on reading, writing, note-taking, and communication, students examine the components of environments and biomes including food webs, predator/prey relationships, and the importance of decomposers. Then students work in teams to research one particular biome and as individuals to learn more about a particular interaction within that biome.


This four lesson unit can stand on its own or serve as an introduction to a human development/puberty unit. Students learn about cells and our current understanding of heredity (no, tongue rolling is not a genetic trait). After exploring body systems with unusual activities and a 6 foot tall "Dimensional Man," small groups research and report on a body system as the class completes a 7-foot wide puzzle that goes from cells to their place in the world.


Students relive history as they are introduced to the Periodic Table. Then they examine phase changes and see a metal that melts in hot water. The mystery of the pennies is solved using mass, volume, and a knowledge of the density of copper and zinc. Students grow many kinds of crystals and use paper models to explore their geometry before seeing heat energy moving before their eyes. Kit INCLUDES the Brock Magiscope.


Students relive history as they are introduced to the Periodic Table. Then they examine phase changes and see a metal that melts in hot water. The mystery of the pennies is solved using mass, volume, and a knowledge of the density of copper and zinc. Students grow many kinds of crystals and use paper models to explore their geometry before seeing heat energy moving before their eyes.


Not just simple machines but an entire kit on mechanics - forces, acceleration, and friction. Students store energy in a toy they make and use spring scales to explore all the relationships found in simple machines. They explore the acceleration of marbles an balls on a ramp and the effect of friction on the motion of a marble.


This unit begins close to home with an examination of the atmosphere and the role of water in our weather. A Solar Bag lets students see first hand what happens when air is heated. The history of manned and unmanned space exploration is traced before the unit blasts off to explore our solar system, galaxy, and what lies beyond with three dimensional puzzles, crosswords, and really long solar system models.