Gateways to Science STAAR Edition, Grade 5
TEKS Science Concepts—Lesson Checklist
TEKS Lessons
Earth and space
5.7A Explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels

5.2 Sedimentary Rock
5.7B Recognize how landforms such as deltas, canyons, and sand dunes are the result of
changes to Earth’s surface by wind, water, and ice

5.1 Earth's Changing Surface
5.7C Identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and

5.3 Alternative Energy
5.7D Identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at
the time using models

5.4 Past Living Organisms

Earth and space
5.8A Differentiate between weather and climate

4.1 The Water Cycle
5.8B Explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle

4.1 The Water Cycle
5.8C Demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the
day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky

4.3 The Rotation of Earth
5.8D Identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon

4.2 The Sun, Earth, and Moon

Organisms and environments
5.9A Observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting the living
and non-living elements

6.1 Interactions of Organisms
in their Environments
5.9B Describe how the flow of energy derived from the Sun, used by producers to create their
own food, is transferred through a food chain and food web to consumers and

6.2 Food Chains and Food
5.9C Predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including
humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways

6.3 A Balanced Environment
5.9D Identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and

6.3 A Balanced Environment

Organisms and environments
5.10A Compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive
such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals

7.1 Structures and Functions
of Organisms
5.10B Differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or
shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding
a bicycle

7.2 Inherited Traits and
Learned Behaviors
5.10C Describe the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis of insects

7.3 Complete and Incomplete
Metamorphosis of Insects
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