Fifth Grade topics typically include:
Sustainability in agriculture and soils—
wise and thoughtful use of resources; needs and wants; food choices, gardening, and farming; field studies on farms throughout the Willamette Valley; soils and their creation; soil components and experimental investigations into how to make and adjust soil chemistry and composition; how soils affect crops and living systems; data collection, evaluation, and analysis; journal keeping in science.
the nature and behavior of light and related forms of electromagnetic energy; mirrors, myras, and prisms; refraction and reflection; symmetry and optical illusions; LASERS; relationship of light to other forms of electromagnetic energy; structure and function of the eye and brain relative to vision and perception.
evaluations of advertising claims, economics, and product performance and value; design and application of standardized testing of product contents, pricing, packaging, and efficacy. Data is organized in tables and charts, and results of experiments graphed throughout the project. Culmination of project includes writing a letter to the company making the "best" product explaining what was done and why the student evaluated their product as the best.
Campus forests and garden project explorations—
identification and mitigation of plant health problems; maintenance and enhancement of animal habitat on campus; identification and removal of exotic species; tree identification and classification; garden planning, planting, and maintenance.