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5th Grade | Life Science

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How do organisms fuel themselves to survive?

Inspire your 5th grade scientists to think deeply about how matter and energy moves among producers, consumers and decomposers as they explore unique ecosystems and organisms on this virtual field trip to the California Science Center. Students will use models and experiment at home to develop an understanding that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water and the energy in animals’ food was once energy from the sun.

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, and 5-LS2-1

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LIVE Virtual Program | 5th Grade Life Science

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A LIVE facilitated experience for your class

Invite animal ambassadors from the California Science Center to visit your classroom virtually to explore how energy moves in an ecosystem.

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Contact us at 213-744-2019 for more information and to reserve your program!
Cost: $250 for up to 32 students (approx. 1 class)
Program Length: 30-45 minutes
Availability: Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30am or 9:45am
We provide a hosted meeting link for your students to join virtually.

Video | 5th Grade Life Science

A 15-20 minute FREE episode
Join our educators to discover how organisms in the California Science Center’s Kelp Forest and the Rose Garden fuel themselves to survive.

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Virtual Field Trip Video - 5th Grade Life Science

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Educator Monica stands near the kelp forest exhibit wearing an animated dive helmet. She has an animated flower to her left and animated kelp to her right.

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Activity Guide | 5th Grade Life Science

A FREE downloadable
In this activity, students will germinate a seed in order to generate and record observable data. Students will use this data as evidence to engage in argument about the sources of energy and matter that a plant needs to grow and survive.

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