Grade Five Science Content and Skills

Grade Five Science content and skills are based on the Virginia State Standards of Learning for Science. Content is organized in level-appropriate units. At grade five, students develop fundamental science process skills including observation, experimental design, data analysis, and graphing. These skills are applied to content in each topic.

Key topics studied in grade five include:

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Force, Motion, & Energy
  • Matter
  • Living Systems
  • Earth Patterns, Cycles, & Change
  • Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems

Grade Five Science Standards of Learning Implementation and Assessment

During the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, grade five students will learn content in each key topic and practice science investigative, reasoning, and logic skills outlined in the 2010 standards. Grade five students will be assessed on the 2010 standards at the end of the school year .

During the 2021-22 school year, grade five students will learn content in each key topic and practice  science investigative and engineering design skills outlined in the 2018 standards. They will be assessed on the 2018 standards at the end of the school year.

In subsequent years, grade five students will learn and be assessed on the 2018 standards at the end of their fifth grade year.

 The 2010 and 2018 Science Standards are located below.