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    Life Science - Grade 5 - Living Systems

    Overview

    The Living Systems Module has four investigations that focus on systems as the unit of study. The idea of a system is one of the grand integrating (crosscutting) concepts that pervades all of science. Students start by looking at Earth as the interaction of four Earth systems or subsystems—the geosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. The focus of the module then turns to the biosphere as students explore ecosystems and organisms in terms of their interacting parts.

    In this module, students think about systems on different scales— nutrient and transport systems within an organism that moves matter and provides energy to the individual organism, and feeding relationships in ecosystems that move matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Students come to understand through a variety of experiences that plants get the materials they need for growth primarily from water and air, and that energy in animals’ food was once energy from the Sun. There are many opportunities for students to explore how human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life can have major effects on these systems. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; and energy and matter.

     

    Planning for Engagement

    Planning for engagement with important science ideas 

    Background information about the unit, and what children think about the ideas need to understand an interesting phenomenon or anchoring event.

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    Eliciting Student Ideas

    Eliciting students' ideas

    Revealing the range of resources that students use to reason about a set of science ideas (working theories, everyday experiences, language), Activating their prior knowledge about the topic, and helping you to adapt upcoming instruction, based on how students reason about the anchoring event.  

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    Supporting Changes in Thinking

    Supporting ongoing changes in student thinking

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Pressing for Evidence-Based Explanations

    Providing experiences and guiding their explorations. The purpose is to help students develop new ideas to use in revising explanations and models for the anchoring phenomena. 

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