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ES Design: Grade 5

Grade 5 Design

How we organise ourselves

Central Idea: The structures and systems of community groups and organizations can impact change.

Essential question: How do the different parts of a system work together?

Focus: Digital Design - Coding

Major project: Makecode Arcade Maze Game

Minor projects: Chase/maze game tutorials

Students will:

  • Follow self-paced tutorials
  • Create and follow a plan for their own maze game.
  • Use movement, overlap, collisions, timers and scoring commands.
  • Debug their code to resolve problems.
  • Evaluate their own games using success criteria.

How the World Works

Central Idea: Understanding the properties of energy allows people to make informed choices.

Essential Question: How can prototyping be used to test designs?

Focus: Physical Design - Design Cycle

Major project: Insulation solution

Minor projects: Felt pocket

Students will:

  • Use a plan to guide their prototyping.
  • Create a prototype using the appropriate tools and materials.
  • Evaluate their prototype using scientific testing.
  • Iterate their design to make improvements.

Sharing the planet

Central Idea: Change can be achieved by taking action on local and global issues.

Essential question: How can graphic design persuade others to take action?

Focus: Digital Design - Graphic Design

Major project: Persuasive digital SDG posters

Minor projects: Save paper poster

Students will:

  • Use contrast, alignment, repetition and proximity.
  • Find creative commons images using keywords.
  • Create posters using Keynote.

How we express ourselves

Central Idea: Artists can inspire and challenge others to take action.

Essential question: How can video be used as a tool to inspire action?

Focus: Digital Design - Video

Major project: Caring Boomerang

Minor projects: Snapshots

Students will:

  • Using framing and perspective to record video.
  • Record clear audio.
  • Use an appropriate soundtrack.
  • Edit recorded video in iMovie.


Who we are

Central Idea: The changes people experience at different stages of their lives affect their evolving sense of self.

Essential question: How can fabric be used to represent identity?

Focus: Physical Design - Sewing

Major project: Identity cushion

Minor projects: Bean bag

Students will:

  • Safely cut fabric with fabric scissors.
  • Thread a needle and tie thread on and off.
  • Use a running stitch to fasten fabric.