Engineering and Computer Science Essentials™ Grade 5


Engineering Unit: Cleaning an Oil Spill

An oil spill can be deadly for fish, plants, and other organisms in a river ecosystem. In the storybook Tehya’s Pollution Solution, students find out how environmental engineers respond to an oil spill on the Elwha River in the Pacific Northwest by containing and cleaning it. Applying their knowledge of ecosystems and food webs, students test water quality and the oil-absorbing properties of different materials. They then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve a process for cleaning up their own model oil spill.


Computer Science Unit: Analyzing Digital Images

The Elwha Dam has been removed! In the story Tehya’s Pixels Program, a computer-aided analysis of Tehya’s digital photos helps scientists observe the restoration of the river’s ecosystem. Students learn how computers use numbers to represent colors in digital images. They investigate how to use the programming language Scratch to analyze images themselves. Students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve a program that monitors an ecosystem using digital images. Students extend their computational thinking skills to mathematical concepts as they practice multiplying decimals.


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Unit Core Program Components 

  • Digital Teacher Guide
  • Easy-to-Print Classroom Resources 
  • Resources for Diverse Learners
  • Interactive Digital Storybooks
  • Math Extension Lesson  (Computer Science) 
  • Materials Kits
tablet, phone and computer screens with resources


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Integrated Essentials: Oil Spill/Analyzing Digital Images - 1yr Digital
Engineering Essentials: Cleaning an Oil Spill - 1yr Digital
Computer Science Essentials: Analyzing Digital Images - 1yr Digital
Cleaning an Oil Spill Materials Kit

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Engineering Essentials™ Unit

Computer Science Essentials™ Unit

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Cleaning an Oil Spill

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Cleaning an Oil Spill Materials Kit

Analyzing Digital Images

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Analyzing Digital Images Materials Kit

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