Lower Dauphin School District
Subject: STEM Grade Level(s): Fifth
Synopsis of Curriculum
The STEM curriculum for fifth grade is divided into four general areas: Structure and Properties of Matter; Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems; Earth and Space Systems; Engineering Design; and, Coding. Fifth grade students will learn how one can explain the structure, properties, and interactions of matter, how energy is transferred and conserved, how organisms live, grow, respond to their environment, and reproduce, and how and why organisms interact with their environment and what are the effects of these interactions. Fifth grade students will learn what is the universe, and what is Earth’s place in it, how and why Earth is constantly changing, and how Earth’s processes and human activities affect each other. Fifth grade students will also be introduced to coding and how computer science is a foundational skill for all students.
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