4th-5th grade


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Language arts / Books

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5

Ella Enchanted

discussion guide, lesson plans and extension activities here.

Another site for teaching the book here.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


AOPS Beast Academy 5

Science (topics to explore)

Elemental Science site (homeschool curriculum)

TOPS has been around for a long time – 2 homeschool families I know used and recommend it.  They sell curriculum for grades 3-12

Two recent (2014 and 2015) 5th grade STAAR science tests covered these things. I’ll post resources for how to learn about each of these on the road.

Earth’s rotation on its axis – 24hrs

freezing and melting point of water – celsius and fahrenheit

toxicity of monarch caterpillars to predators b/c of milkweed

Reflection/refraction and examples of what that looks like

alternative energy (geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar) / renewable and nonrenewable resources

why plants need CO2

water cycle model (experiment using water, plastic wrap)

condensation / cloud formation / Evaporation

Deltas / sediment deposits

Food chains – And what makes animal populations increase or decrease, also consumers and producers / what disrupts a food web

crater experiment – dropping marbles from different heights


Silt / Loam / Sand / sediment (and how it changes to rock) / erosion

life cycles of insects (specifically butterflies and mosquitos)

circuits (how to complete one) and switches

How plants adapt to survive in the desert

diluting liquids

climate vs weather

electrical, thermal, light energy

fossil fuels

reflection of light (including mirrors and object placement)

conductors / insulators

carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle

How does freezing and thawing of water crack rocks?

precipitation and drought

mixtures and how to separate them

learned behavior (such as a dog begging for food or bees making trips to a drinking source)

why an animal would have pointed vs flat teeth (and other physical characteristics)

density (objects in water)

pulley system

physical properties of matter (solid, liquid, gas)

planets and order from sun

how can predators like wild hogs damage other animals?

rube goldberg machines

how whiskers or antennae would help an animal

what is a savanna

what would make a valley

characteristics of a solar system / earth / a moon

shadows and time of day (and why shadows are formed from light being blocked)


reading tables