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5th Grade Science Vocabulary

Kailey Brooks-Mayeux 

Uses renewable energy resources to produce electricity. These include solar, wind, hydroelectricity, geothermal, and biofuels
The process by which a liquid changes to a gas; with water, that gas is called water vapor
Equipment used for eye protection in an experiment
Sediment layers being pressed together (compression) by the weight and pressure of layers being added on top
A large body of slow moving ice; these are responsible for creating u-shaped valleys
Evaporation from the leaves of plants
Resources that cannot be replaced within a short period of time; they take millions of years to form
The spinning of an object on its axis
One complete orbit of a planet around the sun, or the moon around the Earth
A fossil fuel formed from dead plant materials in swamps; this is burned to make electricity
The study of the natural world through observation and investigation
The “gluing” together of sediment particles by minerals left behind to form sedimentary rock
The path of an object around another object
The change from gas to liquid as a result of cooling and condensing
Sequence of events that are continuously repeating
Resources that can be easily replaced within a short period of time; these include water, wind/air, soil, sunlight, heat from the Earth, plants, and animals
A triangular-shaped landform formed by the deposition of sediment by water at the mouth of a river
Formed by water weathering and eroding sediment from a flat piece of land; has steep sides and usually has a river running through it
The gathering or collecting of water in the water cycle. This includes runoff, infiltration of water by the earth, and groundwater
Death of an entire species
Rock that forms when layers of sediment get compacted and cemented together over millions of years
Condition of the atmosphere at a particular time and place; today, this week
The process of breaking down rock into smaller pieces (sediments) by wind, water, and ice
The line around which the Earth rotates; the Earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees
The process by which sediments are carried away from their original location by wind, water, and ice
Average weather pattern of a particular place over a long period of time; 30 years
Liquid or frozen water that falls to the surface of Earth from clouds in the form of rain, sleet, snow, hail
The process of sediment building up in layers in a new place by wind, water, and ice
A natural physical feature on Earth’s surface made of land
A fossil fuel formed from dead algae and plankton in the ocean; this is used for cooking and heating our homes.
The thing that changes in an experiment
Also called petroleum; a fossil fuel formed from dead algae and plankton in the ocean; this is burned as gasoline