STREAM Missions Grade 5

Every STREAM Missions title engages young learners in cross-disciplinary activities while developing essential skills such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Through hands-on exploration, students apply their knowledge and use their imaginations to find solutions to real-world challenges. The engaging STEM-based themes feature art and reading activities interwoven throughout and ignite a passion for learning through discovery.

Fifth-Grade Titles

In Adaptations and Survival, students learn how living things adapt in order to survive. Students study different types of adaptations for different environments.

Essential Question:

How is the shape of a bird’s beak related to the types of food it eats?

In Body at Work, students learn about the different body systems and complete activities utilizing these body systems.

Essential Question:

How does the human body work as a system?

In Crime Lab, students work together to solve a crime by examining different types of evidence. Students perform different tests and investigations that investigators would do.

Essential Question:

What role does technology play in solving crimes?

In Ecosystems, students learn about ecosystems and their components. Students examine food webs and chains. Students investigate adaptations and resources. Students apply math concepts to energy levels and animal survival.

Essential Question:

How could a change in one part of an ecosystem affect the rest of the ecosystem?

In Energy, students learn about energy and its different uses. Students study the different types of energy and how energy is transformed. Students analyze the law of conservation of mass and energy. Students experiment with various energy forms and calculate their effects.

Essential Question:

What is energy and how is it transformed?

In Engineering Structures, students think like engineers to overcome construction and load-bearing challenges.

Essential Question:

How can shapes affect the strength of a structure?

In Limited Resources, students work with different types of renewable and nonrenewable resources. Students examine the impact people have on the environment and how to reduce that impact.

Essential Question:

What is the best source of alternative energy?

In Matter Properties, students learn about mass and other properties of matter. Students experiment with physical and chemical changes. Students explore mixtures and solutions and investigate heat movement.

Essential Question:

What is matter and its properties?

In Motion and Force, students learn about motion and force through different amusement park rides.

Essential Question:

How do roller coasters use forces and energy?

In Rocketry, students design, build, and test straw rockets. Students determine the best design for a rocket to land in a specific target. Students explore how different variables affect a rocket’s flight.

Essential Question:

Should governments spend money on space exploration?

In Scientific Discovery, students learn about the scientific method. Students explore constants, variables, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students perform different experiments.

Essential Question:

What is science and why is it important?

In Solar System, students learn about components of the universe. Students examine our solar system and its planets. Students explore Earth and the Moon in detail and create models that represent concepts studied.

Essential Question:

What is Earth’s place in the solar system?

In Technology and Design, students learn about how people create new things to solve problems. Students design, build, and test several creations.

Essential Question:

What are the benefits and drawbacks of technology?

In Under the Microscope, students learn the history and parts of the microscope. Students explore animal and plant cells. Students examine cells under the microscope and learn how to use it properly.

Essential Question:

What characteristics do all living things have in common?

In Weather and Water, students learn about Earth’s different systems and resources. Students complete hands-on activities and investigations around weather, air, and water.

Essential Question:

What water conservation techniques should be implemented in the United States in order to ensure future availability of water resources?

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