Grade 5 Energy and Forces on Earth - Next Gen Unit


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In Unit 6 Energy and Forces on Earth, students explore the phenomena of dog sled racing and roller coaster rides to analyze energy systems.

  • Students design and carry out an experiment to investigate how surface friction affects the amount of force needed to pull a sled over surfaces with different textures.
  • Students work in small teams, applying what they know about energy transformation, forces, and motion to solve the problem facing an amusement park that needs a new roller coaster ride that meets specific requirements.

Grade-Specific Standards: 5-PS2-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Supporting Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

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February 2017