Fifth Grade Science objectives identify, compare, classify and explain our living and designed worlds. Through a progressive rigorous, integrated approach, the inquiry-based program of study blends science and 21st century skills and provides students opportunities to demonstrate scientific literacy in the fields of life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences. By engaging in active inquiries, investigations and hands-on activities throughout the instructional day, students focus on the major themes of science: systems, changes, and models in order to develop conceptual understanding and research skills as described in the objectives. Fifth Grade Science expands understanding of earth and sky, life cycles and habitats of organisms, properties, positions and motions of objects and energy. Major content concepts at the fifth grade level include changes in properties of matter, structures, functions and adaptations of organisms, and the structure of the earth’s system. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. Students use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating, and caring for science materials and treating living organisms humanely. Fifth Grade Science intentionally supports developmental and academic growth.