Fifth Grade Classroom Programs

FIFTH GRADE CLASSROOM PROGRAMS

The Asombro Institute can bring a bit of hands-on science and the desert to your classroom. All programs provide an opportunity for students to learn about science through hands-on activities. Each program is aligned with the New Mexico STEM Ready! science standards (including the Next Generation Science Standards) and Common Core mathematics and English Language Art standards, where appropriate. Please call the Asombro Institute office (575-524-3334) to schedule your classroom presentations.

 

  • Where: In your classroom
  • Cost*: $60 for first presentation; $30 for additional, same-day presentations (additional travel charges may apply for schools outside Las Cruces, NM – $25 + 45 cents per mile)
  • Maximum Group Size: 1 class per presentation (exceptions on an individual basis)
  • Length: Approximately one hour per presentation (some lessons are multi-day)

 

Asombro provides programming in all four science disciplines in the NGSS curriculum: life science; physical science; earth & space science; and engineering, technology, & applications of science. Please scroll down to see our specific program offerings. A brief description of the program and applicable science standards are listed for each lesson. Click the science standard to read more on the Next Generation Science Standards website.

*The regular cost of classroom programs is $100 per lesson. However, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer a reduced price of $60 for the first lesson and $30 for each additional, same-day program.

 

Mystery Matter

Students gather evidence and conduct investigations to help Ricardo and his grandmother figure out which unlabeled item in the pantry contains the baking soda they need to make cookies. They conduct investigations to determine if unknown materials (powders, minerals, and metals) can be identified based on observable characteristics.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

 

Click here for a standards sheet with both science and common core standards.

 


Science Interns: Chihuahuan Desert Food Web and Species Conservation

This four-lesson module helps students learn about (1) the movement of matter through a Chihuahuan Desert food web and (2) the conservation of the gray vireo, one of the species in the food web. They also prepare to teach three mini-stations to younger students at their school.

 

Lesson 1 Students learn about a food web in the Chihuahuan Desert through a book, One Day in the Desert, and several activities.

 

Lesson 2 – Students focus on the important role that plants and decomposers play in a food web.

 

Lesson 3 – Students focus on the gray vireo, a species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) in New Mexico. They will learn about bird transect surveys, assemble a conservation plan, and then compare their conservation plan with the one developed by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

 

Lesson 4 – Students are assigned their teaching station and practice teaching about Chihuahuan Desert food webs to younger students.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

5-LS1-1 Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

 

5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

 

5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

 

Click here for a standards sheet with both science and common core standards.

 


Science Interns: Matter

This four-lesson module helps students learn (1) to describe the different states of matter when substances are mixed, (2) to identify materials based on their properties, and (3) that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. They also prepare to teach three mini-stations to younger students at their school.

 

Lesson 1 – Students review the three states of matter and conduct investigations to find the correct recipe for oobleck.

 

Lesson 2 – Students gather evidence and conduct investigations to help Ricardo and his grandmother figure out which unlabeled item in the pantry contains the baking soda they need to make cookies. They conduct investigations to determine if unknown materials (powders, minerals, and metals) can be identified based on observable characteristics.

 

Lesson 3 – Students are introduced to the phenomenon of the conservation of matter when the shape of an object is changed.

 

Lesson 4 – Students plan, outline, and practice their presentations to fellow classmates before they present to the younger students.

 

SCIENCE STANDARDS ADDRESSED

 

5-PS1-2 Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.

 

5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

 

5-PS1-4. Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.

 

Click here for a standards sheet with both science and common core standards.