Gateways to Science STAAR Edition, Grade 5
TEKS Scientific Processes—Lesson Checklist
*Process skills are embedded in all lessons but only indicated upon first introduction.

TEKS Lessons
5.1A Demonstrate safe practices and the use of safety equipment as described in the Texas
Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations

1.1 Safety
5.1B Make informed choices in the conservation, disposal, and recycling of materials 5.3 Alternative Energy

5.2A Describe, plan, and implement simple experimental investigations testing one variable 2.4 Measuring Volume

5.2B Ask well-defined questions, formulate testable hypotheses, and select and use
appropriate equipment and technology

3.1 Force and Motion
5.2C Collect information by detailed observations and accurate measuring

2.2 Measuring Length
5.2D Analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct
(observable) and indirect (inferred) evidence

1.3 Observations and
5.2E Demonstrate that repeated investigations may increased the reliability of results

2.3 Measuring Mass
5.2F Communicate valid conclusions in both written and verbal forms 1.3 Observations and

5.2G Construct appropriate simple graphs, tables, maps, and charts using technology,
including computers, to organize, examine, and evaluate information

2.5 Density
5.3A In all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using
empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing,
including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as
to encourage critical thinking by the student

2.5 Density
5.3B Evaluate the accuracy of the information related to promotional materials for products and
services such as nutritional labels

5.3 Alternative Energy
5.3C Draw or develop a model that represents how something works or looks that cannot be
seen such as how a soda dispensing machine works

7.2 Inherited Traits and
Learned Behaviors
5.3D Connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science
careers, and contributions of scientists

1.2 Science and Scientists
5.4A Collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes,
cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors,
pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot
plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including
clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observations of habitats or organisms
such as terrariums and aquariums

2.2 Measuring Length
5.4B Use safety equipment, including safety goggles and gloves

4.3 The Rotation of Earth
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