Research Skills

  • Uses multiple sources of information to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments or data.

Animal Encounters, Click Here for Research Report Details.

  • This unit accompanies the reading lessons with Houghton Mifflin Theme 6.
  • Identifies the general purpose of selected animal systems and explains how they work together.
  • Explains that the traits of an individual are influenced by both environment and genetics.
  • Explains how behavioral and physical characteristics of organisms help them to survive.
  • Describes how fossils provide evidence about how living things and environmental conditions have changed.
  • Analyzes the relationship of environmental change and catastrophic events to species extinction.
  • Relates degree of similarity in anatomical features to the classification of contemporary organisms.


Solar System, Click Here for Research Report Details.

  • Uses a model to demonstrate how changes in seasons are due to variations in the intensity of sunlight caused by the tilt of the Earth on its axis.
  • Designs a model that describes the position and relationship of the planets and other objects to the sun.
  • Describes the motion of planets and moons in terms of rotation on axis.
  • Explains moon phases are related to its orbits, due to gravity resulting in the amount of observable reflected light.
  • Recognizes that nighttime objects and the sun appear to move because the Earth rotates on its axis and orbits the sun.
  • Explains lunar and solar eclipses based on the relative positions of the Earth, moon, sun and the orbit of the moon.
  • Explains the tides of the oceans as they relate to the gravitational pull and orbit of the moon
  2. BBC Solar System and Galaxy
  4. Http://www.moonconnection.comHTTP:

Forces in Motion

  • Distinguishes between contact forces and non-contact forces and demonstrates the change in the motion of an object.
  • Describes what happens when two forces act on an object in the same or opposing directions.
  • Describes how constant motion is the result of balanced forces and changes in the motion of objects are caused by unbalanced forces.
  • Relates the size of change in motion to the strength of unbalanced forces and the mass of an object.
  • Explains the motion of an object relative to its point of reference and describes the motion in terms of distance, time and direction and in relation to other objects.
  • Illustrates how motion can be measured and represented on a graph.