5th Grade Science and Social Studies Syllabus

Leah McMinn

We are excited to have all of you here at Koontz!  This information is provided as a summary of our Science and social studies expectations for our students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  


The focus for 5th grade is on using evidence, models and reasoning to form scientific explorations.  Science concepts include weather; matter, properties & change; heat & energy transfer; forces & motion; interdependence of plants & animals; human body and genetics.


In the rare case that homework is assigned, teachers may grade the work for completion.   This work should be completed by the due date established by the teacher.  Teachers may take participation grades based on engagement and effort during any class assignment and/or activity.


Science Journal - Each student is required to keep a science journal during class.  All journals should be neat, organized, and thorough in order to demonstrate their participation.  Students will glue/tape handouts, graphic organizers, etc, as well as write notes and complete classwork in their journals. Teachers will assess journals based on these criteria, which will contribute to their classwork and/or participation grade. 

Labs - Students will participate in hands-on or digital labs to enhance their learning experiences during science class.  Labs will contribute to classwork grades.


A variety of quizzes, assessments and projects will be used throughout each unit to check for understanding.  Some projects may need to be completed at home.

Unit Tests

A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency over an entire unit of study.  These tests will given via Schoolnet, which looks very similar to format of the Science End-of-Grade test.  All unit tests count for 40% of the total grade for each grading period.  Students will complete a study guide before each unit test that will help them prepare.  Students are expected to take these home and use as a study tool.

Social Studies

Students will be learning about U.S. History this year, from the founding of our country to modern global relationships. Using the HIstory Alive curriculum, students will study Early Explorers, Native Americans, Colonization, Slavery, the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Western Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction.  Each chapter will include interactive reading notes and an end-of-chapter assessment/project.

Grading Policy 


Grading Guidelines (weighted):                                               Grading Scale

10 % = Homework/Participation                                            90-100  = A

20 % = Classwork/Journals                                                       80-89 = B

30 % = Quizzes/Projects                                                            70-79 = C

40 % = Unit Tests                                                                      60-69= D

                                                                                           Below 60 = F