Model NGSS Lessons: 4th - 5th Grade

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Teacher Resource

Grade Level

Grade Level: 5th Grade

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Background Information

Water is one of the most important substances on earth and all living things depend on water to survive. In humans, water makes up 60% of adult bodies and without water humans cannot survive longer than a few days depending on activity and environmental conditions. Because water is such a vital resource we need to understand where it comes from and how to make sure we will have enough drinkable water in the future.

Performance Expectations

ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems

Describe and graph the amounts of salt water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.

ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity

Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.



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