This page is available to 5th grade teachers in CMS to share ideas, resources, etc. to excite students about learning through science.

PLACE Holder for SchoolNet Benchmark Assessments I will post as pdf documents.
You may also download those benchmark assessments on SchoolNet at any time.

Suggested Daily Activities to Maximize Student Achievement Levels on the 5th Grade Science EOG. Day 1 starts May 2, 2016.
This document has day-by-day suggested review activities that will help position your students for success on the EOG.

5th Grade Science EOG Review Materials (NEW for 2015-2016)
This document uses the Science Olympiad It's Elementary approach of stations to engage students in reviewing key concepts that they need to know to be successful on the 5th Grade Science EOG. Students can work in teams of two, or individually, to have 2-3 minutes at each station to answer the questions, before rotating to another station. NOTE -- I did not create an answer sheet for this sample review for 5.P.1, so here are the answers: 1 C, 1 C, 2 D,A, 3 B,C,A, 4 B, C, D, 5 B, 5 C, 6 A, 6 B, B.

Click on the below file for specific information to help your students log into the NCEDCloud and access SchoolNet Assessments.
NCEdCloud and IAM memo 8_31_2015 5th grade.doc

Student Claim your Account.pdf

This file will help you figure out how your students can obtain their accounts in the NCEdCloud. Students need to do that in order to take any of the assessments being posted in SchoolNet.

CMS Resources:
5th Grade Science Resource Guide 2014-2015
5th Grade Science Kits 2013-2014
Lesson Plans for 5th Grade Science 2013-2014

This is the 26 page Science Resource Guide we
will use for 2014-2015. It is identical to the Resource Guide used in 2012.
Here are hands-on activities for fifth grade science that align
with the Essential Standards. New kits will be phased in over
the next three years starting with kits this Fall. Teachers
should continue to use materials from the McGraw-Hill kits to
supplement hands-on science for our students.
These are additional lesson plans to help
teachers organize learning opportunities for the students.
Resource Guides:

This is the complete, 57 page, 5th Grade Science Resource Guide that includes suggested pacing, essential standards, criteria for student success, and ideas for activities to excite students about science, PLUS sample 5E lesson plans for each essential standard.
This is the 26 page 5th Grade Science Resource Guide with suggested pacing, essential standards, criteria for student success, and ideas for activities to excite students about science.
This is the extended version of the Curriculum Guide that contains even more examples of activities and lesson plans 5th grade teachers may use to engage their students in learning science.

State Resources:
5th Grade Crosswalks
5th Grade Unpacking Documents
Burke County'Resources and Lesson
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Working on implementing personalized learning in your classroom? Click here for Blendspace lessons aligned with Essential Standards objectives.

Click here for Blendspace lessons aligned with Essential Standards objectives.

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This question was submitted by Bonnie Robinson,
5th grade teacher at Billingsville. Request was for a
student friendly explanation of why temperature decreases
with altitude. I answered, but also posted question to the NSTA
Elementary Listserve and received several excellent ideas teachers
'can use to help 5th grade students better understand concepts such as temperature, air pressure, heat energy and heat transfer. 5.P.3.

Fifth Grade Lessons and Activities for various units of study. The center activities have descriptions to help you understand the basics of what they are about.

To access Power Point Presentations for lab activities designed to align with NC Essential Standards.

New Power Points will be added throughout the course of this school year until there is a collection of labs.

This document lists the science vocabulary for the 5th Grade Science Essential Standards. It is taken from the Science Resource Guide which is posted below. Contributed by Marybeth Rowell at Sharon Rd ES.
These are the same words listed in the above document, but organized in a table format. I used these tables for the game "Salad Bowl" and also for concept mapping as part of a Professional Development Day to focus on strategies to review for the EOG. Jump to the "Resources" page of this wiki for more information about a Layered Curriculum to Review for the 5th Grade Science EOG. Wayne Fisher 5/7/13
Contributed by Candice mcWhirter, 5th grade teacher at Cotswold MS
You can use this Yes/No Checklist to help reflect on reasons why your students did well, or did not do so well, on the 5th Grade Science EOG. This is a "beta version" of a checklist, and I need feedback to fine-tune the scoring so it reflects actual performance of your students. Are there questions that should be added, reworded, or deleted? Does your score match the achievement of your students on the EOG. Please email me at with your thoughts, questions, and comments. Thanks!

ANCHOR CHARTS to help with 5th Grade Science EOG Review

If your students can answer these 16 questions correctly, they will likely be at or above grade level on the EOG. Recommend students answer these questions individually --- give them 15 minute --- and then go over each question as a whole class review.
This is a wonderful example of using Bloom's Taxonomy to structure an EOG Review. Contributed by Stephanie Belk,
5th grade teacher at Ballantyne ES.
Use this link to find the
Anchor Charts for EOG Review.
I will continue to add to this folder as teachers share other Anchor Charts with me.
Google Drive Folder Link

Speed Dating Session at 10th Annual K-12 STEM Conference on January 6th, 2015 --- "Maximizing Student Achievement on the 5th Grade Science EOG".

This is one of seven handouts from the Speed Dating session to Maximize Student Achievement on the 5th Grade Science EOG. Although the topic of this handout is 5.P.1 Force and Motion, many of the resources shared have links and activities for all the essential standards.

Resources shared by Wayne Fisher, Science Specialist, CMS
Resources shared by Sarah Kennedy, 5th grade teacher at Lebanon Road ES.
Resources shared by Wendy Vickers, Science Lab Teacher/Facilitator at Joseph W Grier ES
Resources shared by Wendy White, Science Facilitator at Polo Ridge ES

Resources shared by Kari Stranberg, Science Lab Teacher/Facilitator at River Oaks Academy
Resources shared by Regina Meeks, 5th grade teacher at Westerly Hills Academy
Resources shared by Suzanne Beckman, Science Lab Teacher/Facilitator at Berryhill.


Vocabulary Review Dice Games - Created by Nancy Bullard at Huntingtowne Farms

EOG Bingo Review: created by Kari Stranberg at River Oaks Academy

Here is a set of smartboard review games to use for 5th grade EOG review. They were created by Wendy Vickers at Joseph W. Grier

This one-pager is reproduced below. It has specific resources that would be helpful in an end-of-year review for the EOG.

A Suggested Action Plan to Maximize Student Achievement on the 5th Grade Science EOG

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Kahoot Quizzes for each NC Science Essential Standard click here.

Fifth Grade Game Collections
(great for PC, most are flash, so not iPad compatible, uploading PDFs to wiki sites work great for use in technology labs or as a learning center in class.)


Here is a table listing District Benchmark Assessments for 5th Grade Science for 2015-2016.

It is recommended that these assessments be used as benchmarks after you finish teaching an essential standard.
If you use these assessments, have your students use the student code to access if you administer the assessment on-line. There is NO need to COPY the assessment and reassign to your students.

Name of Assessment
Student Code
% of EOG
Released EOG
BOY Pre-assessment 5th Grade Science
Released EOG 2015-2016
NOTE: The released EOG in the above table is the one I recommended teachers use at the start of the year in September as a pre-assessment of students’ understanding of essential standards.
About 15 schools administered that version of the EOG, representing 1081 students, about 10% of our 5th grade student population. The district trend for that aggregated data is as follows:

Overall % correct 46.9%
5.P.1 Force and Motion 58%
5.P.2 Matter 47.6%
5.P.3 Energy and Heat Transfer 36.2%
5.E.1 Earth Science and Weather 30.4%
5.L.1 Living Organisms 44.7%
5.L.2 Ecosystems 55.8%
5.L.3 Genetics 55.0%

What this data means? …. These are very good numbers at the start of the year! Using the SQRTx10 (square root x 10) method, the data indicates students have a fairly good grasp of force and motion concepts, ecosystems, and genetics and will likely be at or above grade level when they take the EOG in May. The more challenging concepts are 5.E.1 (weather) and 5.P.3 (Energy and Heat Transfer).

It is HIGHLY recommended that all 5th grade students take a Mock EOG before May 6th and that teachers use SchoolNet Assessment 1029363 to administer that EOG. That data will give you detailed information for what you need to do to position your students for success on the EOG.

For example, if any % correct score for any individual essential standard is below 50%, those concepts should be retaught and reviewed. If the % correct score is greater than 60%, your students will likely perform at or above grade level on the EOG.
This is the EOG Test Specification from the NCDPI Accountability Website. It lists % of items for each standard including the number of questions for each objective.

EOG-Like Review Questions Created Using Problem Attic.

Problem Attic is simply one of the best test generators for science and math available to classroom teachers. The public version is FREE although you do need to sign up for an account. The site is very teacher friendly, easy to learn, and best of all, the questions are from reliable sources such as the New York Regents, TEKS, NAEP, etc. Following are several Problem Attic assessments created by Wayne Fisher for teachers to use with their students.

Other 5th Grade Science Assessments Shared by CMS Teachers

Two -10 question quizzes for conduction,
convection, and radiation.
Shared by teachers at Joseph W Grier
18 question assessment for 5.P.3.
Shared by teachers at Joseph W Grier.

5th Grade Review
Shared by Michelle Revak
Science Lab Teacher @ Blythe ES

District Benchmark Assessment
5.P.1, 5.P.2, 5.P.3
5.P.1, 5.P.2, 5.P.3

This is a SchoolNet common assessment created to for objectives 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.2, 5.P.1.3, and 5.P.1.4. There are 5 questions for each objective and the questions have been chosen to range in difficulty from easier to medium to harder. Students answering only one question correctly are at Level I; two questions - Level II; three questions - Level III; 4-5 questions - Level III/IV. For an answer key email
This is the pdf version of a 54Q assessment for the physical science objectives for 5th grade. There are six questions for each of the nine objectives ( 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.2, 5.P.1.3, 5.P.1.4, 5.P.2.1,5.P.2.2, 5.P.2.3, 5.P.3.1, 5.P.3.2). Students scoring 0-2 could be considered to be performing at Level I/II; students answering 3 questions correctly have partially mastered the objective; students with correct answers to 4-6 questions are performing at the Level III/IV.
This is the Microsoft Word version of the District Benchmark for 5th Grade Science EOG.

This assessment was developed using SchoolNet. Visit the "Resource Page" of this wiki to learn more about using SchoolNet to create your own assessments.

For an answer key to the above assessment, email me at
This document from the NCDPI website has excellent activities and information to help you organize a unit of study for your students to explore the concept of heat transfer. Need to assess what your students know about heat energy or may have already learned? I highly recommend the Agree-Disagree Statements shared by Whitney Godfrey and located at the bottom of this page!

Formative Assessment Aligned w/Essential Standards Units (more to come!)

Click here to access the 5th Grade Assessment Wiki created by teachers at River Gate Elementary for more science (and other) assessments.

EOG Resources

This document lists suggested steps for 5th grade teachers to consider to maximize student achievement on the Science EOG.
This is the released form of the 2013 5th Grade Science EOG
This is the release form of the 2013 5th Grade Science EOG, as a PowerPoint with answer key and explanations
of answers. It is recommended that you use this as a warm up or ticket-out-the-door activity.
This document tells you the % of each essential standard
on the 5th Grade Science EOG. There will be 60 questions. Appendix A lists number of questions for each science objective!

Have questions, performance tasks, resources to share? email