Grade 5 Curriculum Links

Big Ecological Ideas for Grade 5

  1. The Earth is a closed system in terms of matter. Matter cannot be created or destroyed – it can only be changed from one form to another. Everything we think we have thrown away is still with us in some form or other – there is no “away”!
  2. Recycling and composting help redirect waste materials to appropriate new uses.
  3. Choosing household products with care can ensure that their use or disposal does not put toxic ingredients into the environment

Curriculum Expectations:
Environmental Education Opportunities in Grade 5

science & technology: Understanding Matter & Energy – Properties of & Changes in Matter (2007)
1.1 evaluate the environmental impacts of processes that change one product into another through physical or chemical changes
1.2 assess the social and environmental impact of using processes that rely on chemical changes to produce consumer products, taking different perspectives into account (e.g., the perspectives of food manufacturers, consumers, landfill operators, people concerned about the environment), and make a case for maintaining the current level of use of the product or for reducing it
3.2 identify properties of solids, liquids, and gasses, and state examples of each
3.3 explain changes of state in matter and give examples
3.5 describe chemical changes in matter as irreversible changes
3.6 explain how changes of state involve the release of heat
3.7 identify indicators of a chemical change
3.8 distinguish between a physical change and chemical change

arts: drama – Creating & Presenting (2009)
B1.1 engage actively in drama exploration and role play, with a focus on examining issues and themes in fiction and non-fiction sources from diverse communities, times, and places. Teacher prompts: “What drama strategy or convention can your group use to present solutions to the audience for your environmental issue?”

social studies: Heritage & Citizenship – Early Civilizations (2004)

  • identify and compare the ways in which people in various early civilizations met their physical and social needs, including how they interacted with and used the natural environment.