Grade 5 Module 2
From Matter to Organisms
Students will learn:
How do matter and energy move through an ecosystem?
Yellowstone is one of the United States’ largest and wildest national parks.
In this module, students will become park rangers, investigating how matter and energy move through systems, observing predators hunting prey, discovering the organisms that recycle the dead, and learning how plants create their own food.
Through their study of Yellowstone, students will discover the impact of environmental changes.
Video: Yellowstone: Uncovered Module Trailer
Teacher Instructional Material
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Teacher Editions lesson guides that are accessible, comprehensive, and versatile.
Professional Learning background and subject knowledge guides that unpack science content into quick and easy sections of information for teachers.
Assessment Overview that provides flexible informal, diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to monitor student growth and progress.
Overview and teacher lesson guide
Background and subject knowledge
Digital resources for students and classroom
Observing a unique ecosystem
Students observe predators hunting prey, discover the organisms that recycle the dead, and learn how plants create their own food. As they explore the relationships between the plants and animals that live in Yellowstone, they discover how even small changes to an environment can have big impacts.
Students model what happens to a food web when part of it is changed, including the introduction of an invasive species.
Observational, curriculum and contextual video content
Students can travel the world by video and meet some of the amazing plants and animals that share our planet.
Video: A Year in Yellowstone
Video: Butterfly's Breakfast
Video: How Plants Make Food
Video: Decomposers—Breaking it down
Video: Wolves in Yellowstone
Printed and digital resources for students
Additional modules available for this grade
Matter Mysteries Hotline
Curriculum framework: What is Matter Made Of?
Students will learn: What is Matter Made Of?
H2O Response Team
Curriculum framework: Interacting Earth Systems
Students will learn: Why do some places lack fresh water and what can we do to protect it?
Curriculum framework: Galactic Guidebook
Students will learn: What patterns do we notice when we observe the stars?
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