5th Grade

Important Note: If you wish to select different programs for different dates, you may do so. However, you may only process one date/time request with each program selection session. This means that you MUST select the FIRST date/time you are requesting noting ONLY the programs requested for that specific date/time, then click "check availability" and return to the page to select the NEXT date/time for additional programs. Once all dates/times and programs have been submitted, you may process the order to complete the request.

Programs that Correlate with Fifth Grade Standards


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Our goal is to teach youth about waste reduction and environmental responsibility. Many of our programs meet or correlate with Indiana’s Academic Standards. This brochure outlines those programs that best relate to the grade level standards for your class. Review the programs listed below and contact us to get your in-class visit scheduled. We look forward to working with you!

Worms Are Still Eating My Garbage

Scheduled only Sept-Nov. Learn about the red worm and how it turns garbage into compost. If desired, the class is left with a working vermi-compost system and a “how to” book.

Science: 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1
Social Studies:

Recycle For Your Health!

Using a model students will discover how improper disposal and handling of hazardous materials can affect an ecosystem.

Science: 5-ESS3-1

Who Polluted White Lick Creek?

For those who love a mystery, this is a real “whodunit?”. Choose from a group of suspects and find out who polluted the creek and how. This program is about responsible disposal of Household Hazardous Waste.

Science: 5-ESS5-1
Social Studies:

English/Language Arts: 5.RC.1, 5.RC.3, 5.CC.1, 5.CC.2

Santa’s Sleigh STEM Challenge

Using the engineering process, we will make a sleigh for Santa to deliver his packages

Science: 3-5-ETS1-1. 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

“Grow a Heart, Grinch!”

Using a reused water bottle, balloon and some household items, students will help the Grinch’s Heart Grow

Science: 3-5-ETS1-1. 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3


Find out what happens to plastics as they break down and what effects they can have on our environment in this hands-on presentation.

Science:  5.ESS3-1
Social Studies: 5.C.6


Hatchet: A Book Study

This 4 session hands-on book study is complete with a classroom set of books, provided on a limited basis. Read Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet along with us as we learn what it would be like to survive in the wild like “Brian”. Use your resources to make shelter, solar ovens, and journals. Wrap it up by using what you’ve learned in a game of “Enviro-survivor”.

Social Studies: 5.C.6
English and Language Arts:
5.RC.1, 5.RC.3, 5.CC.1, 5.CC.2

Packaging and Materials Engineering

Students become Materials Engineers to solve the problem of sustainably packaging common substances using different materials.

Science: 5-PS1-3, 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

“Boat Challenge”

Using the engineering process, students will make a floating boat that can hold weight.

Science: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Purdue University: The Nature of Teaching

“Food Waste from Farm to Fork”
From a unit that “highlights the resources required to produce food and the food wasted along each step of the food production system”

Math: 5.NS.2, 5.NS.4
English/Language Arts:
5.RC.1, 5.RC.3, 5.CC.1, 5.CC.2

“The Apple Falls Far from the Tree”

“This unit is designed to teach students about food waste and ways they can help reduce it.”

Math: 5.NS.2, 5.NS.4
5.RC.1, 5.RC.3, 5.CC.1, 5.CC.2

Plastic Bag Parachute STEM Activity

Using a reused plastic shopping bag, students will create a parachute to land a passenger safely on the ground.

Science: 3-5-ETS1-1. 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3


Students will “discover” what’s in a random bag of artifacts (reused objects) salvaged from a home and create a story using the objects for inspiration for time, setting, conflict and character.

English/Language Arts: 5.W.3