Science Lessons & Investigations 5th Grade from Evan Moor

Science lessons can be a bear for homeschool familes. Finding the right fit for each kiddo without breaking the bank is a challenge. Making the choice(s) work is a whole other ball game.

Not long ago, I received a free copy of Evan-Moor Science Lessons & Investigations for 5th grade in exchange for this review. Please note this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase when clicking my links. All opinions are my own as I only recommend products that I have personally used and would recommend to a friend.

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Just like the many other Evan-Moor resources I have previously used, the Science Lessons & Investigations workbook does not disappoint. It has everything needed to teach my 5th grader effectively in this subject. There are 14 engaging units that fit nicely into a year’s annual lesson plans. I love the additional organization of units by life, earth, and physical science categories. There is an answer key included. Each unit layout is in a 5E model for the student to Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, and Extend. Now, let’s unwrap that way of tackling science lessons and look at each part.


The engagement section of the workbook is presented first. This is where you connect with your kids and launch an exciting new learning adventure. This gives you ideas on how to accomplish this as well as a “spark question” to get learning brains thinking. There is also a visual aid to introduce the lesson such as a picture or diagram to generate even more discussion.


For the fifth grade lesson on gravity, the earth science concept is introduced by pictures of the different ways this force can be examined in everyday life.


Explore Science Lessons

This section provides hands-on investigation activities to further explore the science lesson. Learners will complete an experiment to learn more about the concept. During the process, questions and investigations take place to understand how gravity works.


Each unit encourages a predication to refine as the lesson progresses. Other components of the exploration section of each unit include simple graphs to record observations and prompts to document what happened during the process.


Throughout the explain pages of the lesson, reading pages provide information along with photos, illustrations, and diagrams that begin to tie together the information that has been learned so far. The Gravity unit includes a text  called “Attractive Force.” The visual support is a great lightbulb moment that provides great discussion, as I did with my 5th grader on how the nature of science affects our lives every day. 


This section is also where key vocabulary words appear in bold print. On the next page, “exert,” “mass,” “spherical,” and other definitions are listed. There is ample space on the vocabulary page to write notes and even add additional words.



Each lesson uses reading, writing, visual literacy, vocabulary, and comparison to evaluate the understanding of the concept. This part of the unit includes a vocabulary unit for better understanding.  My homeschooler’s favorite pages are the word puzzles in this section . The Gravity lesson has a vocabulary review that includes a fill-in-the-blank type activity that also captures letters throughout to match up in a final sentence with a missing word.


 During this final assessment of a student’s grasp of the gravity concept, there are a few pages of reading comprehension questions.  It checks their understanding of gravity and how it works in the world around us. 

Extend Science Lessons

As with many science lessons, the Gravity unit ends with prompts to explain the concept understanding in paragraph form.  This is where it all comes together to apply, reflect, and analyze to complete this writing task. I also encouraged my 5th grader to draw or diagram in this section to further get her point across.


Our favorite part of the entire unit was in the extend pages that includes two (2) optional projects. Here we found the opportunity to rabbit trail down a path of interest-led learning. From the Gravity unit of the Science Lessons & Investigations workbook, my learner wanted to test out this natural force in a roller coaster experiment. With a few supplies, we tested out the force of gravity with a DIY roller coaster STEAM activity.

DIY Roller Coaster Supplies

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Get the 5th Grade Science Lessons & Investigations Workbook

For more information about adding science lessons & investigations to your homeschool classroom for grades 1-6, visit the Evan-Moore website to take a closer look. If you are an Amazon shopper for educational resources, Science Lessons & Investigations for Grade 5 is also available there. 

Evan-Moor products are geared toward classrooms; however, I have used these resources very successfully in my homeschool for several years. They are a great asset from both a teaching and student perspective. Through the use of Evan-Moor products, and especially this year’s Science & Investigations workbook, my 5th grader has learned to be more independent as the layout is consistent, informative, and easy-to-use.

If you are looking for science lessons that are ready, set, go! Look no further and order the grade specific product for these fun science lessons. And, if you are looking for even more engaging, hands-on science activities, your learners will love the Exploring series from each USA state as well as America’s National Parks.

In my eight years , few homeschool brands have carried me through all seasons of any ages, as Evan-Moor. Year after year, this company is my go-to when putting together curriculum that I customize for each of my homeschoolers. Evan-Moor activity books we use year after year include these top three favorites of mine:


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road trip teacherMary Beth Goff is a Christian homeschool mom who loves to have the wheels rolling under her family’s feet. She felt the call to hit the road and travel across America for an adventure of a lifetime with her kids. She loves incorporating nature, our National Parks and out-of-the-way spots. Her love of history has field many road trips including all of Laura Ingalls Wilder home places. Mary Beth’s passion is sharing the beauty and education offered by exploring America’s backyard. She is the creator of the educational website Road Trip Teacher, writer at Diary of a Road Mom, and co-founder of the Roadschool Moms podcast.



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