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This product has everything you need to teach Science. This product is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for 5th Grade. By teaching these units you will be covering every single NGSS standard for 5th grade science.


Included in this product are 6 hands on units that teach all of the NGSS standards for 5th grade, as well as PowerPoints to offer content support each of the hands on units.


Here’s a description of each unit:


Unit 1: Matter


Atomic Structure


  • Periodic Table Card Sort to help introduce the Periodic Table
  • Understanding the Element Square Students will learn to read an element square and gain information about an element.
  • Atom Building Challenge Students build models of atoms using toothpicks and candy (Detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets and answer keys included)
  • Lego Atoms Students use Lego to represent elements. They then build compounds and molecules to help construct understanding of abstract vocabulary.
  • Atom Foldable Students create a foldable to help review vocabulary from the mini unit
  • The Atoms Family Song (sung to the tune of the Adam’s Family)

States of Matter


  • States of Matter Log: Students keep track of different states of matter they encounter in their lives. Turn this into a class competition!
  • Movin’ Molecules Students explore how molecules move in solids, liquids, and gases. (Detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets and answer keys included.)
  • Witch’s Brew Students engage in a hands on activity using dry ice and dish soap to investigate sublimation. (Detailed teacher instructions and student activity sheet included.
  • It’s a Solid, It’s a Liquid! Students engage in a hands on activity using a cornstarch and water mixture to investigate a colloid. Teacher directions and student activity sheet included.)
  • States of Matter Foldable Students create a foldable to help review vocabulary from the mini unit


Properties of Matter


  • The Properties Game This first activity is a game to help develop a conceptual understanding of what a property is in reference to matter.
  • Separating Mixtures In this activity, students use unique properties of different objects to separate a mixture. Math is integrated into this lesson using mass and percentage. (A detailed lesson plan and student activity sheets are included.)
  • Investigating Volume Students investigate finding the volume of irregular shaped objects using displacement.
  • Students investigate the density of different fruits.
  • Density Columns Students explore the density of different liquids and create a density column.


Physical and Chemical Changes


  • White Powder Investigation This first activity allows students to investigate how a substance can change in size and shape, but retain it’s properties.
  • Physical Change Foldable This foldable summarizes the different types of changes that do not change the chemical make up of something. Categories help students solidify this concept.
  • Film Canister Rockets In this highly engaging activity, students create a simple chemical reaction inside a film canister rocket and watch as it blasts off. The idea of variables is introduced as students experiment to make their rocket go the highest.
  • Chemistry in a Bag This exciting and efficient experiment lets students investigate common indicators of chemical change such as heat change, color change, and gas production. All this in the confines of a Ziploc bag!
  • What Happens to the Mass Students experiment with a chemical reactions to conclude that mass is conserved in reactions.
  • Pop it Up Students continue their investigation into the conservation of mass.
  • •Assessment


The Presentation created to support this unit begins with a definition of matter followed by a few slides about the structure of atoms within matter. The next part of the presentation involves states of matter and specifically discusses how molecules are arranged within each state. Properties of matter are also discussed and real world applications are brought into the discussion. Physical and chemical changes are addressed next, including a few great embedded videos to solidify student understanding.


Notes for the teacher are included on just about every slide with ideas on how to make the presentation more student centered and interactive. A student notes page is also included which can be used as an assessment or just a place for students to take notes during the PowerPoint.

Unit 2: Earth’s Place in the Universe

  • Relative distances of planets activity using toilet paper squares
  • Gravity activities to uncover common misconceptions
  • Investigation of mass and weight on different planets
  • Creation of a sun dial to help understand shadows and the movement of the Earth in relation to the sun
  • Layers of the Atmosphere activity
  • Analyzing data of sunrise and sunset
  • Modeling the Phases of the Moon
  • Creating and Investigating Constellations
  • Individual planet pages for reports or interactive notebooks
  • Task Cards with or without QR codes for centers and independent review of the unit
  • An end of unit assessment and answer key is also included with this unit.


The presentation designed to support this unit begins by introducing our Solar System and it’s 8 planets. A slide for each planet is provided, as well as a detailed slide about the sun. The next section discusses gravity on Earth and an awesome video is also included to reinforce the fact that gravity acts the same on all objects, regardless of their mass. Next, the presentation moves to the night sky. Moon phases are discussed in detail, and rounded out with another great video. The last few slides include a discussion of constellations. Throughout the slide show the idea of rotation and revolution are discussed, with several ideas on how to make this PowerPoint interactive.


Unit 3: Ecosystems

  • What’s For Dinner?: Students trace their dinner back down the food chain to its source.
  • Informational reading about Food Chains and webs. followed by questions.
  • Making Chains: Students work cooperatively to sort animal cards into chains.
  • This Tangled Web We Weave: Students investigate how food chains overlap to create webs
  • Earth’s Spheres informational reading and questions.
  • Pass The Energy: This engaging activity allows students to see how different ecosystems can only support so many organisms
  • What Happens When Living Things Die?: Students will observe fruits and vegetables decomposing over time.
  • Order In The Forest: This 2-part activity lets students work cooperatively to learn about important vocabulary associated with this unit
  • Ecosystems Bingo: Students play ecosystems bingo to review the unit.
  • Word Wall Cards and Games
  • Post Test and Grading Rubric (2 options)


The presentation designed to support this unit begins with an introduction to ecosystems and gives students the opportunity to describe biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem. Students then trace the energy they get from their food back to the sun, which begins the discussion of producers, consumers, and decomposers. Consumers are further broken down into herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. These slides are followed with several slides on food chains and food webs, with many opportunities for students to discuss ideas with partners and the class.


Unit 4: Protecting Earth’s Spheres

  • Earth’s Spheres Sort: This inquiry activity introduces students to the idea of Earth’s 4 spheres. They work in a group to sort cards into the 4 spheres of hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
  • Earth’s Spheres Drawing: Students draw a picture and label all 4 spheres.
  • Informational Reading on Earth’s Hydrosphere. Students read about Earth’s hydrosphere and answer questions.
  • Interactions of Earth’s Spheres
  • The Water Cycle Game: To frame the unit, students will review the water cycle to understand that our water supply on Earth is limited. This activity allows students to see how our hydrosphere and atmosphere interact.
  • Earth’s Water: This inquiry activity helps students conceptualize the available water for human consumption. Extensions of this activity include a writing activity as well as a pie graph activity.
  • Clean it Up: Students work cooperatively to build a water filter.
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources: Students categorize resources and think about their uses.
  • Reuse it!: Student learn why it is important to try to reuse items to avoid overfilling our landfills. Using recyclable materials, students use creativity and group work to construct something useful.
  • The 3 R’s Poster : Students culminate the mini-unit by creating a poster sharing what they have learned about the 3 R’s. A rubric for grading is also included.
  • Word Wall Cards and Activities
  • Post test


The presentation designed to support this unit begins by introducing each of the 4 spheres of the Earth: the geosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere. As each sphere is discussed, students are asked a variety of interactive questions to discuss with their peers. Some issues with each sphere are discussed and then followed up with actions students can take to protect each one. The presentation culminates with a discussion of how the spheres interact, and 2 videos are included to sum up the concepts.


Unit 5: Photosynthesis


  • Informational Reading: What is Photosynthesis?
  • Breathe In, Breathe Out Students investigate the relationship between plant respiration and animal respiration.
  • Let There Be Light Students experiment with light to see how light impacts the rate of photosynthesis.
  • Photosynthesis: It All Adds Up! Students learn the basics of chemical reactions and use models to show the process of photosynthesis.
  • Photosynthesis and Earth’s Spheres: Students create a poster to show how different spheres interact during photosynthesis.
  • Scene 1: Photosynthesis. Students act out the process of photosynthesis using props.
  • Word Wall Cards and Activities
  • Post Test Grading Rubric


The presentation designed to support this unit begins with a discussion of types of plants as well as what plants need to survive. This leads into defining photosynthesis and breaking the process down into reactants and products. The chemical equation is also introduced with a diagram that shows how matter is conserved in this chemical process. More slides emphasize the importance of plants on our Earth, and students are given many opportunities to discuss and debate with their classmates.


Unit 6: Introduction to Engineering


This introduction to engineering includes an editable PowerPoint with notes as well as 3 engineering activities. Students will be introduced to Engineering and the Engineering Design Process. They will then have 3 opportunities to engage in the process. Easily accessible materials makes this very doable in your classroom.


In addition to the 14 slide PowerPoint, the activities include:

  • Float Your Boat: Students go through the engineering design process to create a boat. Once the boat successfully floats, they place marbles in it to see how many it can hold.
  • Build A Bridge: Students go through the engineering design process to build a bridge. After the bridge is built, they test it to see how many pennies it can hold.
  • Keep it Cold: This engaging activity challenges students to create a container to keep an ice cube frozen for as long as possible. This could easily be turned into a classroom contest.
  • Engineering Design Process Flow Chart: Students can use this sheet to review the steps they went through in the completed engineering design assignments. This could potentially be used as an assessment.


For each presentation, Notes for the teacher are included on just about every slide with ideas on how to make the presentation more student centered and interactive. A student notes page is also included which can be used as an assessment or just a place for students to take notes during the PowerPoint.