GEMS Correlations with the
MISSISSIPPI SCIENCE FRAMEWORK
for Fifth Grade


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Fifth grade science content strands are Life Science (L), Earth and Space Science (E), and Physical Science (P). The content strand associated with each competency is identified after the competency statement.

Science competencies for fifth grade:

1. Identify and describe structures and functions in living systems. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

2. Identify and describe reproduction and heredity of organisms. (L, P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: none at this time

3. Determine the factors that influence the regulation and behavior or organisms. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

4. Examine the physical factors of populations as they relate to the formation of an ecosystem. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

5. Explore the diversity and adaptations of organisms. (L, E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Aquatic Habitats, Environmental Detectives, Only One Ocean, Schoolyard Ecology, Terrarium Habitats

6. Investigate the structure of the Earth. (E)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Environmental Detectives, Investigating Artifacts, Ocean Currents, River Cutters (recommended for grades 6-8 but could be modified for fifth grade), Stories in Stone

7. Investigate the Earth as a part of the solar system. (E, P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Earth, Moon, and Stars, Ocean Currents, Only One Ocean, The Real Reasons for Seasons (recommended for grades 6-8 but could be modified for fifth grade)

8. Identify properties and changes of matter. (E, P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Chemical Reactions (recommended for grades 6-8 but could be modified for fifth grade), Crime Lab Chemistry, Discovering Density (recommended for grades 6-8 but could be modified for fifth grade), Dry Ice Investigations (recommended for grades 6-8 but could be modified for fifth grade), Environmental Detectives, Ocean Currents, Stories in Stone

9. Investigate the effect motions and forces have on objects. (E, L, P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: none at this time

10. Examine the transformation of forms of energy. (P)

Appropriate GEMS Teacher’s Guides: Hot Water and Warm Homes from Sunlight

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