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Angeles National Forest, Southern California

Public School Curriculum

Public School Student Manual – 5th & 6th Grade Science


Standard: LS1.C, LS2. A, LS2.D Students will engage in activities that demonstrate the transfer of energy throughout the food chain and food web. Students will also focus on how animals in different groups have their unique ways of functioning within that group.


Standard: 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, ESS1.A, ESS1.B, MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3 Students will explore the universe through what we believe to be the most hands on astronomy class offered in outdoor education. Students will learn about the scale of the Solar System, the...


Standard: LS2.A, 5-LS2-1, LS2.A, LS2.B Students will learn how everything in the ecosystem is interdependent by studying how changes in the environment affect plants and animals.


Standard: MS-PS3-2 Students will learn how to create a “chain reaction” by building a fire. This class covers the three necessary components of fire, positives and negatives of forest fires, and our responsibility when building a fire.


Standard: 3. PS 2, ESS 3, ETS 1, ETS 2 Students learn how to navigate using a variety of methods and tools including map, compass, and GPS.

Night Walk

Standard: LS1:D How do organisms detect, process, and use information about the environment?  During the Night Walk, students focus on observing how their senses adapt to darkness and learn about nocturnal animals in the ecosystem.  Plenty of opportunities exist to...


Standard: 5-PS3.D, 5-LS1-C, 5-LS2-B, MS-LS1-B, MS-LS1-C, MS-PS3-D Students will discover the transformation of solar energy into stored chemical energy which becomes the basis for most life on Earth.

Rock Cycle

Standard: MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3 Students will study the forces in nature that drive the rock cycle and gain an understanding of the three types of tectonic plates.

Team Building

Standard: SEL: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible decision-making Five Elements of Teambuilding: Trust, Cooperation, Care, Commitment, Communication Students will associate the five elements of team building with their...

Wilderness Manners

Standard: ESS3.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ESS3-D Each one of us has a part in caring for the environment. Students will explore the effects they personally have on the environment and determine how their actions can create positive or negative change. Students will leave this...

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