5th Grade Chemistry Resources

Jul 15, 2014 by

5th Grade Chemistry Resources
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Fifth grade science in California is divided into the following categories: Chemistry, Cells/Human Body/Plants, Water Cycle/Weather, Astronomy and Scientific Process. Our school has a rotation system-each teacher in the grade level takes a focus, and the students rotate between the teachers throughout the year.

I’ve been given the Chemistry rotation, and my fellow co-teachers have taken Cells/Human Body/Plants, as well as Water Cycle/Weather. We are left to teach Astronomy and Scientific Process on our own (although the Scientific Process skills bleed into every area, really). This works out to be approximately 8 weeks for each focus, with Scientific Process blended in (I’m using a Science Fair this year to focus on/assess those skills).

This week I sat down to figure out what I want/need to teach for Chemistry. Here is the process, as well as the resources I found to be most aligned to our standards, along with links. If you have a resource you use (or have created!) for these three standards, please post them in the links!

I created magnetic strips with all the ELA/Math CCSS and California Science and Social Studies standards on them at the beginning of last year. You can find a copy of it here.

I Can Common Core/Science/Social Studies Statements-SproutClassrooms.com

I use these for everything! In this case, I pulled out the science strips and laid out the ones I’m responsible for in my rotation.

5th Grade Astronomy Resources -SproutClassrooms.com

Then I turned to my rolling ‘suitcase’ full of all my science materials I had brought home from school. I had sorted all my materials out last week when I worked on Astronomy, so I grabbed the pile filled with periodic tables and classroom labs.

5th Grade Astronomy Resources -SproutClassrooms.com

I put down the Chemistry standards on the table, and then starting sorting my resources under each standard. If I had a resource that didn’t match a standard, it went into a give-away pile. Because I have limited science time, I need to be really strict with myself and make sure my lessons are tight against the standards. I also have many books of science labs and I’ve decided it’s ok to tear them up and sort the labs into folders by their standards. Dragging all my books home every time stinks.

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I also went through and printed out any TpT resources I had gathered that matched, as well as printing off any ideas I had bookmarked/pinned online that would match up with a standard.

5th Grade Chemistry Resources -SproutClassrooms.com

I could easily see that the standard regarding the elements and periodic table had LOTS of resources, while I was pretty weak in the area of metals, salts and living organisms.  This was a great way to show me what areas I needed more resources, which I then began to seek out.

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Once I had my resources that I wanted to use, I created file folders for each standard and added Standards labels to the outside. I’m going to start using these on all my file folders so I know exactly what standards the inside materials are addressing without having to look them up each time! You can find a copy of the science labels here, or a bundle of all the standard coming soon!

5th Grade Astronomy Resources -SproutClassrooms.com

For your enjoyment, here are the final resources I ended up using for each of the California 5th Grade Chemistry Standards:

*There are a LOT of great Chemistry resources out there-word wall building blocks, flashcards, notebooking pieces, etc. I only have 2 hours a week for 8 weeks, so I had to say ‘no’ to a lot of really fun activities. These are the ones I thought would best meet the standards in the time I have AND on the budget I have (free is good!).

– Chemistry Jokes and Riddles by Kelly’s Classroom, Free
– I Have Who Has Chemistry Review by Science Teaching Junkie, Free
– Online Chemistry Resources by Ms. Bright, Free

Standard 1.a  Students know that during chemical reactions the atoms in the reactants rearrange to form products with different properties. (Physical vs. Chemical Reactions, Balancing Equations)
– Elementary Science Lab: Soda Explosion by Melodie Brewer, Free
– Glow Stick Lab by Tiffany Nichols, Free
– Chemical and Physical Changes Project by Jennifer Guido, Free
– Oh Sugar, Sugar by To the Square Inch, Free
– Physical and Chemical Changes-Science for Dinner by The Big Yellow Duck, Free
– Physical vs. Chemical Changes Chart by Southern Fried Science, Free
– Can You Participate in Making a Precipitate? by The Science School Yard, Free
– The Change Brothers-A Short Story About Physical and Chemical Changes by Gabrielle Roth, Free
– Properties of Matter Complete Unit by Emily Brown, $8.00 (pages 11-14 & 34-54)
– Introduction to Chemical Reactions by Skipper Coates, $1.00
– Integrated Science and Close Reading Unit on Physical and Chemical Changes by Two Inspire, $2.50
– Atoms Readers Theatre Script by Rosalind Flynn, $1.75
– Atoms Word Search by David Filipek, $1.20
Jr. Boom Academy by B.K. Hinson, $4.00 (Physical vs. Chemical Changes, Chemical Reactions)
– Janice VanCleave’s Science Project Workbook by Janice VanCleave, $5.00 (pages 204-209)
– Chemistry for Interactive Notebooks by Science Junkie, $9.75 (Mixtures and Solutions, Chemical and Physical Changes, Recipes for Chemistry, Chemical Formulas, Nuts and Bolts of Chemistry, Evidence of a Chemical Reaction)
– Sandwich Bag Science by Sandwich Bag Science, $8.66 (Ice Cube Race, Gas Bag, Mystery Matters, Polymers at Play)
– Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt, $11.97 (Pop Rock Reactions, pages 16-19)
– Chemical Reactions Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD, $14.99
– Chemical Reactions Bill Nye the Science Guy Episode Guide, Free

Standard 1.b  Students know all matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules. (Atoms and Molecules)
– Atoms-What Are Atoms by JJ Smith, Free
– Study Notes: Elements, Molecules and Compounds by Travis Terry, Free
– You Stuck Your Peanut Butter in My Chocolate! by Denise Tarango, Free
– Thermal Energy Lab: The Vibration of Molecules by Carlene Fravel, Free
– Surface Tension Liquid Properties by Kate’s Classroom Cafe, Free
– Marshmallow Molecules by Andria Stafford, Free
– The Atoms Family Song Lyrics by Science Spot, Free (2nd page of PDF)
– The Atoms Family Song Video Karaoke Style, Free
Organic Molecules Game by Ellen McHenry, Free
– Molecule Learning Stations-Intro to Modeling Molecules with QR Fun! by Kate’s Classroom Cafe, $3.99
– The Movement of Molecules T-Shirt Project by Bio Mom, $1.50
Jr. Boom Academy by B.K. Hinson, $4.00 (Marshmallow Molecules)
– Janice VanCleave’s Science Project Workbook by Janice VanCleave, $5.00 (Surface Tension, pages 276-283)
– Properties of Matter Complete Unit by Emily Brown, $8.00 (pages 11-14 & 34-54)
– Chemistry for Interactive Notebooks by Science Junkie, $9.75 (Nuts and Bolts of Chemistry, Elements/Compounds/Mixtures, Charge of an Atom, Element vs. Compound, Parts of an Atom)
– Leakproof Bag by Sandwich Bag Science, $8.66
– Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt, $11.97 (Color Molecules, pages 26-27, 34-35, Gummi Worm Molecules, pages 72-73, Molecular Make-Up, pages 86-91/96-97/100-103, Marshmallow Molecules, page 142=./)
– Atoms Bill Nye the Science Guy DVD, $19.99
– Atoms Bill Nye the Science Guy Episode Guide, Free

Standard 1.c  Students know metals have properties in common, such as high electrical and thermal conductivity. Some metals, such as aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), silver (Ag), and gold (Au), are pure elements; others, such as steel and brass, are composed of a combination of elemental metals. (Metals)
– Science Journal: Periodic Table Compact Guide by Travis Terry, Free
– Metals: A Thematic Notebook Unit by In the Hands of a Child, Free
– Chemistry for Interactive Notebooks by Science Junkie, $9.75 (Periodic Table, Classifying Elements)

Standard 1.d  Students know that each element is made of one kind of atom and that the elements are organized in the periodic table by their chemical properties. (Periodic Table/Elements)
– AIMS Activity: Fabulous Periodic Eggs by AIMS, Free
– Element Matching by Middle School Resources, Free
– Element Pronunciation Guide by Deborah Phelps, Free
– Understanding Elements by Eric Spisany, Free
– Mastering the Elements by Education.com, Free
– My Name in Elements by Science for Kids, Free
– Periodic Table License Plate by Made by Annette Ellis, Free
– Periodic Table Battleship by Tanya Mynar, Free
– The Elements Wordsearch by Tangstar Science, Free
– The Elements Crossword Puzzle by Tangstar Science, Free
– These are the Elements Music Video by David Newman, Free
– Hunting the Elements Movie by Nova, Free
Periodic Table Board Game by Ellen McHenry, Free
Elements Connections by Ellen McHenry, Free
Quick Six Card Game by Ellen McHenry, Free
Periodic Table Pillow Case by Ellen McHenry, Free
– Periodic Table of Elements Research Reports by Amber Socaciu, $3.50
– All About the Elements Project by Teaching in Room 6, $4.00
Jr. Boom Academy by B.K. Hinson, $4.00 (Element Bingo
– Periodic Table Worksheet by Travis Terry, $1.50
– Elements and Their Symbols Scoot by The Teacher’s Desk 6, $2.00
– Periodic Table Card Game by Mr. Taylor’s Science Emporium, $4.99
– Periodic Table Game Pack by Kate’s Classroom Cafe, $5.75
– Properties of Matter Complete Unit by Emily Brown, $8.00 (pages 64-69)
– Chemistry for Interactive Notebooks by Science Junkie, $9.75 (APE Man, Atomic Structure)

Standard 1.e  Students know scientists have developed instruments that can create discrete images of atoms and molecules that show that the atoms and molecules often occur in well-ordered arrays. (Electron Microscopes)
-I have nothing for this-please let me know if you come across a good resource!

Standard 1.f  Students know differences in chemical and physical properties of substances are used to separate mixtures and identify compounds. (Separating Mixtures)
– Min It to Win It: Operation Separation by SmithScience, Free
– Pure Substances, Mixtures and Separations by Science Alive, Free
– Home Mixture Separation, Free
Jr. Boom Academy by B.K. Hinson, $4.00 (Mixtures vs. Compounds)
– Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt, $11.97 (Pages 8-14: separating ingredients from candy sources)
– Janice VanCleave’s Teaching the Fun of Science by Janice VanCleave, $17.72 (pages 22-23)

Standard 1.g  Students know properties of solid, liquid, and gaseous substances, such as sugar (C6H O6), water (H2O), helium (He), oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), and carbon 12 dioxide (CO2). (Properties/States of Matter)
– I Have, Who Has Matter Review by Diary of a 5th Grade Teacher, Free
– Physical Properties Word Search by Jaclyn Clements, Free
– Cornstarch Quicksand by Jerry Hoefs, Free (I like this version of the ‘Oobleck’ because the kids walk on it!!)
– States of Matter Sort by Mrs. Padak, Free
– Molecule Disco by SuperTMW’s Drawers, Free
– Phases of Matter for Middle Schoolers by Scooter Coates, Free
– States of Matter Task Cards by Jennifer Findley, $2.00
– Janice VanCleave’s Science Project Workbook by Janice VanCleave, $5.00 (pages 226-227, 240-243)
– Sandwich Bag Science by Sandwich Bag Science, $8.66 (Viscosity Bottles)
– Chemistry for Interactive Notebooks by Science Junkie, $9.75 (Properties of Matter and Changing States of Matter)
– Properties of Matter Complete Unit by Emily Brown, $8.00 (pages 5-10)
– Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt, $11.97 (Expanding Marshmallows, pages 68-69)
– Phases of Matter Bill Nye DVD, $19.00
– Phases of Matter Bill Nye Episode Guide, Free
– Janice VanCleave’s Teaching the Fun of Science by Janice VanCleave, $17.72 (pages 16-17)

Standard 1.h  Students know living organisms and most materials are composed of just a few elements.
-I have nothing for this-please let me know if you come across a good resource!

Standard 1.i  Students know the common properties of salts, such as sodium chloride (NaCl). (Salts)
– Salt: Chemical and Physical Properties by Lorin King, Free
– Properties of Salt Lab by Mike McKee, $1.00
Jr. Boom Academy by B.K. Hinson, $4.00 (Salt or Sugar Crystals and Salt Crystals)
– Janice VanCleave’s Science Project Workbook by Janice VanCleave, $5.00 (pages 212-217)


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  1. Thanks for mentioning my product, “Molecule Disco” in your blog. My science summer school classes just did it today!! They really love doing it and then can understand how molecules move in each state of matter. I know your kids will love it too!

    • katieuppman

      Awesome!! I’ve used it for every rotation I had last year, and can’t wait to do it again this year. 😉


  2. Sara

    Ahhhhh!!!! I could kiss you!!!! I’m new to teaching fifth grade science this year and am just bouncing from website to website trying to wrap my head around what to choose. As soon as I saw how laid out all your standards on the table, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with quality links! Thank you! I found your site through a comment you left in TPT. 🙂

    • katieuppman

      Yay! So glad I could help!

      I’ll be posting very soon on how we’re making the switch to NGSS in our grade level, so stay tuned!

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