5th Grade PBL Science | Earth & The Sun | Phenomena | Graphing & Data Displays


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5th Grade PBL Science | Earth & The Sun | Phenomena | Graphing & Data Displays


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This 12-day project-based learning (science-focused) research-based unit is the perfect way to teach reading, writing, research skills, and science in one engaging, real-world unit. Your students will use key standards, such as research, reading comprehension, and graphing in a real-life scenario. The best part about PBL is that student choice and differentiation are built in!

Driving Question: How can I communicate information on patterns in Earth’s systems with people in the community?

NGSS Standards Covered:

  • 5-ESS1-2: Represent data in graphical displays (bar graphs, pictographs and/or pie charts) to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.


Students are given a choice between two investigations. They are challenged to collect data, observe patterns in their data, create a graph, and research the phenomenon that they notice. The students will then come up with a way to share their information with people in the community.


Banish those boring worksheets and get your students excited about real-life learning! This 12-day project covers the following skills:

  • Research
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Opinion Writing
  • Design & Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Day, Night, and Shadows
  • Earth’s Orbits and Tilt
  • Inquiry and Phenomena
  • Data Displays


Included in this Resource:

  • Lesson Outline
  • Sample Pacing
  • Teacher Guide with Lesson Plans
  • Scaffolded Research Notes
  • Guide for Choosing Reliable Sources
  • Graphing Instruction & Overview
  • Rubric & Sample Answers


Plus, a BONUS digital version is included as well!



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