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Most of the topics on the new Grade 5 STAAR test were already on the Grade 5 TAKS test! This simple, engaging book still provides the best review available for the new STAAR test. Also see the new state-adopted online program from our affiliated company, Education Plus, available for two years at an unbeatable price of $379 per teacher (for two sets of students, of up to 60 students per year). For more information about the online program, call Education Plus at 925-906-9742.

Mastering the Grade 5 TAKS in Science uses clear, insightful explanations and an interactive format to help students prepare for the Elementary Science TAKS. Key concepts are highlighted and repeated with advance organizers, content reviews, Applying What You Have Learned activities, study cards, chapter summaries, unit checklists, and practice test questions. The book is so clear and reader-friendly, it can even be used by teachers who lack any special training in science.

Introduction. Students learn the metacognitive E-R-A approach for answering each type of question: Examine the question; Recall what you know; and Apply what you know.

Unit 1. The Nature of Science and Scientific Investigation. Students learn how to conduct a scientific investigation, practice safety, use lab equipment, take measurements, analyze data, and evaluate claims by manufacturers.

Unit 2. Life Sciences. Students examine the basic needs of all living organisms, compare the characteristics of plants and animals, examine their life cycles, and learn about photosynthesis, ecosystems, competition, ecological change, inherited traits, and learned behavior.

Unit 3. Physical Sciences. Students learn about the properties of matter, magnetism, conductivity, density, state (gas, liquid, or solid), and melting and boiling points. They also learn about motion, force, and energy.

Unit 4. Earth and Space Sciences. Students learn about the sun, planets, and phases of the moon, and the rotation and revolution of Earth. They also learn about the materials that make up the Earth, the constructive and destructive forces that shape our land, and about renewable, nonrenewable, and inexhaustible resources.

Unit 5. A Practice Final Test. The last unit includes a final assessment with 50 questions just like the actual Elementary Science TAKS.

Unlike other books that claim to be 100% aligned, this book really does cover every student expectation assessed. The book can be used to reinforce material covered in regular class lessons or as a final review or refresher in the weeks just prior to the test.

Also see the state-adopted online program by our affiliated company, Education Plus: Mastering Grade 5 Science. It includes 300 sample questions, 220 answer-explanations, and 35 printable hands-on investigations. Call 925-906-9742 for more information about this program.

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