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Tennessee academic vocabulary in science for 5th grade

chemical property

the way a substance reacts with other substances


a relationship between two kinds of organisms that benefits one without harming the other


the passing of heat through a material while the material itself stays in place


any patterns formed by groups of stars in the night sky. To people in the past, these patterns looked like pictures of animals or people


the flow of heat through a liquid or gas, caused by hot parts rising and cooler parts sinking


the central part of Earth that lies beneath the mantle


the rocky surface that makes up the top of the lithosphere and include the continents and the ocean floor


to cause to separate and go in different directions


a sudden shaking of the earth


movement along a crack (fault) or cracks in the earth's crust


the force of atttraction between any two objects due to their mass


a storm that forms over warm, tropical ocean waters.

inherited traits

a characteristic that is passed form parent to offspring

kinetic energy

the energy of a moving object


an organism that lives on or in a host and causes it harm


a relationship between two organisms of different species where one benefits and the other is harmed


the food making process in green plants that uses sunlight


a rigid layer of the Earth's crust that is believed to drift slowly

plate movement

when the plates under ground shift they can create mountains and/or earthquakes

potential energy

energy stored in the position or structure of an object


the transfer of heat through electromagnetic rays

states of matter

The physical forms of matter, which include solid, liquid, and gas


a relationship between two kinds of organisms over time


a violent, whirling wind that moves in a narrow path over land


a huge wave caused by an earthquake under the ocean


an opening in Earth's crust through which lava may flow

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