Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How Does Space Camp Connect To The Curriculum?

At last night’s Space Camp parent information meeting, an excellent question was asked, “How does Space Camp connect to 5th grade curriculum?”

Parents were given a general answer but we wanted to provide more specifics. Listed below are the 5th Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) for science that 5th graders are taught or use while participating in Space Camp activities.  Michigan’s GLCEs (K-8) provide schools, teachers, and parents with information they need to understand what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of each grade.  You can find this information at: http://www.michigan.gov/mde

5th Grade Science GLCEs that relate to Space Camp:

Science Processes – Inquiry Processes
- S.IP.05.11 Generates scientific questions based on observations, investigations, and research.
- S.IP.05.12 Design and conduct scientific investigations.
- S.IP.05.13 Use tools and equipment appropriate to scientific investigations.
- S.IP.05.14 Use metric measurement devices in investigations.
- S.IP.05.16 Identify pattern in data.

Science Processes – Inquiry Analysis and Communication
- S.IA.05.11 Analyze information from data tables and graphs to answer scientific questions.
- S.IA.05.12 Evaluate data, claims, and personal knowledge through collaborative science discourse.
- S.IA.05.13 Communicate and defend findings of observations and investigations using evidence.
- S.IA.05.14 Draw conclusions from sets of data from multiple trails of scientific investigations.
- S.IA.05.15 Uses multiple sources of information to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, or data.

Science Processes – Reflection and Social Implications
- S.RS.05.11 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims, arguments, and data.
- S.RS.05.12 Describe limitations in personal and scientific knowledge.
- S.RS.05.13 Identify the need for evidence in making scientific decisions.
- S.RS.05.15 Demonstrate scientific concepts through various illustrations, performances, models, exhibits, and activities.
- S.RS.05.16 Describe how science and technology have advanced because of the contributions of many people throughout history and across cultures.

Physical Science - Forces and Motion
- P.FM.05.21 Distinguish between contact forces and non-contact forces.
- P.FM.05.22 Demonstrate contact and non-contact forces to change the motion of an object.
- P.FM.05.31 Describe what happens when two forces act on an object in the same or opposing directions.
- P.FM.05.32 Describe how constant motion is the result of balanced (zero net) forces.
- P.FM.05.33 Describe how changes in the motion of objects are caused by a non-zero (unbalanced) force.
- P.FM.05.42 Describe the motion of an object in terms of distance, time and direction, as the object move, and in relationship to another object.

Earth Science – Earth in Space and Time
- E.ST.05.21 Describe the motion of planets and moons in terms of rotation on axis and orbits due to gravity.

Physical Science – Energy
- P.EN.06.41 Explain how different forms of energy can be transferred from one place to another by radiation, conduction, and convection.