Grade 5
Trimester 1
Plate Tectonics
Our Changing Earth

Mount St. Helens
Grade 5
Field Study Web Page

September 27-30, 2016

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Current arthquake activity on 
Mt. St. Helens



This website has “informative shorts”
that explain science concepts well.


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Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.




Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.




Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties. Boundary: Assessment does not include density or distinguishing mass and weight.]



Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact. Boundary: Assessment is limited to the interactions of two systems at a time.]


Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.


Common Core State Standards
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.



Plate Tectonics
Earthquakes & Volcanoes 
Students will study phenomenon
associated with plate tectonics.
The focus of the first unit of study 
will be investigating the theory of 
plate tectonics - particularly plate
boundaries. Since volcanoes are 
predominately located on these 
boundaries, we will then look at 
different types of volcanoes in 
preparation to go to Mt. St. 
Helens on the grade 5 field 
study trip. 

Earth Layers Interactive!

Plate Tectonics - Watch these animations.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Moving Plate Animations

Rift Zone - (sea floor spreading)

Subduction zone.

Pangea Break-up

Tectonic Plate Boundaries

View many more science 
movies here including the
ones above!

Mars Geology
Mt. St. Helens

The amazing conclusion to this unit
is a four day expedition to our
closest active volcano, Mt. St Helens.
The 5th grade expedition teams will 
circumnavigate the volcano and stop 
at a variety of features. 

Click here to see how 
volcanoes work,
(watch the plinian eruption movies)

Interactive Activities


Vocabulary Quiz Practice
Quiz your noodle game
will test your knowledge
 about volcanoes!

Volcano Quiz Practice
A summary of what we learned in class.

Volcano Lab
Make your own volcano and
watch it erupt!

Practice your Plate moving skills

Control your own virtual dive on an axial volcano!

SUPER volcano
Interactive games, information, and more.

Interactive Web Links

Earthquake information 
for the WORLD right now.

Earthquake Simulation Animation
Watch how the earth moves and
creates seismic waves.

Construct a Virtual Building
A great way to test your
ability to build a
quake-proof building.

Beat the Quake Game
Try to beat the earthquake
before it hits!

Virtual Earthquake!
Earn your own 
seismologist certificate!
Warning – requires careful measurement!

Build a Bridge Near a Fault
Design and test bridge segments
to see if your bridge will survive a
6, 7, 8+ magnitude quake!

Read about Earthquakes and watch animations!
Part of the Restless Earth series.

Sounds of an Earthquake
Hear what it sounds like in the Earth's
crust when an earthquake happens.

Rock Cycle 

The study of the Earth's landforms
includes plains, maintains and plateaus.
Over time, the water cycle, rivers, and 
deposition of sediments alter the earth's 
surface.  In this unit, students will investigate
forces that create and erode land forms. 
If time, we will read and design topographic
maps. The class will also investigate how
porous sediment is and examine sand
grains under a microscope.

Interactive Activities

Rock Cycle Lab

Rock Cycle interactive

Rock Cycle Activity

Sand Grains as seen
through a microscope!

Virtual tour of Caves.

River activity and terms.

Interactive river study site 
Virtual River

Spent a long time on the river lab?

The Water Cycle Interactive Activity
An interactive journey of one H2O molecule)

Interactive Tests & Quizzes

Interactive Quizzes on Rock Cycle
Try both levels!

HARD Rock Cycle Test

States of Matter

This unit will allow
 students to explore solids, liquids, 
gasses, and plasma. Each state of matter 
has its own set of unique characteristics. 
We will also explore how energy  is
transferred in a variety of systems. 

Matter Crossword Puzzle

Learn about "Strange Matter"

Changes of State 
Activity Challenge!

Place the right State of Matter
terms in the correct places.

Read with your partner about matter and the 
states of matter. Take the quizzes at the end.
Click on "Next Stop Onsite Tour" 
after reading each page.

Energy - What is it?

Eco kids - an energy web site for you to learn...

Play on Energy Street!

Electrical Safety Video

Electrical Safety
Play these electrical safety games!


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