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Weekly Curriculum Map / Standards Correlation

Standards Coverage

August-September

Week 1: The Scientific Method

Students will be given an overview of scientific inquiry, including formulating questions, forming hypotheses and carrying out experiments. Students will consider how data is measured and how conclusions are interpreted for further research.

Week 2: Properties of Matter

Students will examine various aspects of matter. They will learn about various types of matter and how they are classified based on physical and chemical properties.

Week 3: Changing Matter

Students will learn how matter can be changed from one state to another and how it can be combined physically or chemically. They will learn about the outcomes of various reactions of matter. They will study chemical, decomposition and replacement reactions, among others.

Week 4: Force

Students will study both contact and non-contact forces. They will discuss concepts of inertia and weightlessness in space. Students will also define magnetism as a means of force.

Week 5: Motion

Students will study the motion of objects, including speed, velocity and acceleration, They will define relative motion and will learn how motion is characterized. Students will learn about Newton’s laws of motion.

Week 6: Energy

Students will explore both kinetic and potential energy. Students will define the difference between forms and sources of energy. They will consider various energy sources humans use.

Week 7: Energy Transformation

Students will examine ways energy is transformed from one form to another and the flow of energy in systems. They will learn how nuclear energy is unlike other sources of energy. Students will also be introduced to the laws of thermodynamics.

October-December

Week 8: Light and Sound

Students will study light and sound energy, defining how they are similar and different. Students will also describe characteristics of waves. They will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum.

Week 9: Machines

Students will discuss both simple and compound machines and how machines help people do work. They will define characteristics of the six machines that were invented during the Renaissance and have changed very little over time. They will learn about the lever, pulley, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge and screw.

Week 10: Engineering

Students will study components of engineering. They will study design, invention and innovation. Students will define the various types of engineers and the jobs associated with each.

Week 11: Our Planet

Students will discuss Earth’s layers and their characteristics. They will examine the four spheres that make up Earth. They will define the characteristics that make up the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.

Week 12: Shaping the Earth

Students will study the ways the surface of the Earth is changed. They will consider the impacts of events such as weathering and erosion, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers.

Week 13: Natural Disasters

Students will discuss various natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. They will study the processes of each of these natural disasters. Students will consider the effects of natural disasters on life and Earth’s ecosystems.

Week 14: Global Climate

Students will compare and contrast weather and climate. They will learn how the sun, water, wind and ocean currents affect the climate of regions of Earth. Students will also learn about the three main temperature zones of earth.

January-February

Week 15: Resources

Students will study Earth’s natural resources. They will consider ways resources can be protected and conserved while still being used to meet the needs of Earth’s population. Students will study where various energy sources come from, such as coal, oil and natural gas.

Week 16: Water

Students will study various bodies of water, the hydrologic cycle, groundwater and tides. Students will study liquids, solids and gases as the three forms of water on Earth. They will learn about the scarcity of fresh water available to humans.

Week 17: Stars, Planets, Galaxies

Students will study how galaxies, stars and planets form and change. They will learn about other objects in the universe such as comets, meteors, asteroids and quasars.

Week 18: Planets

Students will study our solar system. They will compare the features of the eight planets of our solar system. They will consider the importance of the relation to the sun in determining what each planet is like.

Week 19: Earth, Sun and Moon

Students will examine the relationship between the Earth, sun and moon. They will study how eclipses, seasons and tides are caused as a result of this relationship. They will also learn how night and day, seasons and years are created through the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Week 20: Space Exploration

Students will study the history of space exploration. They will learn about current missions and plans for the future of space exploration. Students will learn about the role of technologies such as satellites and space shuttles in studying space.

Week 21: Classification

Students will learn the reasons for classification. They will study how the taxonomy used by scientists to organize living things has changed over time. They will learn how the classification system works.

March-May

Week 22: Cells, Tissue, Organs

Students will study cell structure and function, cellular activities and cellular organization. They will learn about cells as the building blocks of our bodies. Students will compare animal cells with plant cells to gain an understanding of how cells work.

Week 23: Genetics and Heredity

Students will learn about the relationship between parents and offspring. They will study DNA and cell replication. Students will also compare inherited versus acquired characteristics.

Week 24: Forensics

Students will study the various components that make up forensic science. They will learn how examination of evidence and use of specialized tools help scientists in the field solve crimes. They will also learn about forensic ballistics and forensic pathology.

Week 25: Plants

Students will study parts and functions of plants. They will examine plant reproduction and diversity. Students will define the difference between vascular and nonvascular plants.

Week 26: Animals

Students will explore the diversity of the animal kingdom. They will also discuss endangered and extinct species.

Week 27: Adaptation

Students will study behavioral and structural adaptation of organisms to ensure survival. They will learn how adaptations for movement, eating and defense help animals survive. They will also learn that structural adaptations in plants can help ensure survival and reproduction.

Week 28: Ecology

Students will explore the Earth’s ecosystems and the interaction and interdependence of the populations within an ecosystem. Students will also define ecology as the study of living and non-living things.

Common Core

K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text
Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!
Staircase of Complexity
Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers
Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources
Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary
With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5
Online assessment is provided at studiesweekly.com/online. With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.

Visit the Studies Weekly Blog to learn more about integrating Common Core Standards into your classroom.

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