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Fenton Avenue Charter School Science

Life Science-5th Grade

Primary Science Lab
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Fenton Avenue Charter School

Life Sciences   California State Standards-Grade 5:

Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials. As a basis for understanding this concept:

The Cell:
Plants and Animals
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a.  Students know many multicellular organisms have specialized structures to support the transport of materials.

CELL EXPLORER - Exploratorium




THE CELL: Down to Basics


ANIMAL CELLS - Eureka Science


ANIMAL CELL - Cells Alive


PLANT CELL - Cells Alive


California Ecosystem: 

PLANTS: The Desert  Mojave Desert


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e. Students know how sugar, water, and minerals are transported in a vascular plant.


Biology of Plants


Vascular Plants


How do plants eat?


Xylem and Phloem


How Plants Grow - ThinkQuest

f. Students know plants use carbon dioxide (CO2) and energy from sunlight to build molecules of sugar and release oxygen.

g. Students know plant and animal cells break down sugar to obtain energy, a process resulting in carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (respiration).

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Photosynthesis  photo  means "light" and synthesis means "put together" 

Respiration   During the night, plants breathe in oxygen. This is called respiration.   It's the opposite of photosynthesis.

Transpiration   The plant releases any water that it doesn't need into the air through its leaves. This is called transpiration.

trans means "to move across"  and -tion means "the result of".

More Photosynthesis - good diagrams!

Systems of the Human Body

b. Students know how blood circulates through the heart chambers, lungs, and body and how carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2) are exchanged in the lungs and tissues.


Floating hearts

All About the Heart

The Heart: Franklin Institute 

Kidport: The Heart

Virtual Body

How Stuff Works: The Heart

EduPlace: The Heart

c. Students know the sequential steps of digestion and the roles of teeth and the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and colon in the function of the digestive system.



All About the Digestive System

Why is Digestion Important?

Digestive System: Enchanted Learning


Your Gross and Cool Body: Digestion

Thinkquest: Digestive System


Click on the USDA Food Pyramid site below and find out how many calories you need everyday to maintain your current weight.  Take note of the number!  Now, go to McDonald's and "Bag-a-Meal".  Finally, click on the "Nutrition Facts" for your McDonald's meal. 

VERY interesting!                                                                                                

Food Pyramid: How many calories do you need? 


McDonald's: Bag-a-Meal

d. Students know the role of the kidney in removing cellular waste from blood and converting it into urine, which is stored in the bladder.

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