Reading and Writing
What Good Readers Do
The fifth grade reading curriculum is based around authentic literature. The fifth grade students read and discuss a variety of novels through a balanced literacy. This model gives the children the opportunity to read grade appropriate literature, which tackles the many social and moral issues faced today.
fifth grade writing curriculum focuses on the craft of writing.
Students practice this craft by analyzing well-written pieces of
literature. Students explore and create their own written pieces in
their writers' notebooks, then move on to the publication process.
Unit 1 Theme and Narrative
Unit 2 Non Fiction
Unit 3 Historical Fiction
Unit 4 Argument Essay
Unit 5 Socal Issues and Literary Essay
Unit 6 Author Study
Unit 7 Poetry
Our math program is based around a curriculum that is both rigorous and balanced. The Everyday Math Program emphasizes conceptual understanding while building a mastery of basic skills. The program challenges students to explore the entire mathematical spectrum, not just basic arithmetic. The students encounter skills such as: number sense, algebra, measurement, geometry, data analysis, and probability.
Students will formulate answers to questions such as, "Does matter change, does it weight change? How much water can be found in different places on Earth? Can new substances be created by combining other substances? How does matter cycle through ecosystems? Where does the energy in food come from and what is it used for? How do length and directions of shadows or relative lengths of day and night change from day to day, and how does the appearsance of some starts change in different seasons?" Students will develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analzye and interpret data, use mathematics and computational thinking, engage in argument from evidence, and obtain, evaluate, and communicate information; and use these practices to demonstrate and understanding of the core ideas.
(Excerpt taken from nextgenerationscience.org)
UNITS OF STUDY
MATTER AND ENERGY IN ECOSYSTEMS
PROPERTIES OF MATTER AND ENERGY
The fifth grade social studies program offers students a comprehensive introduction to world geography. The course begins with an extensive study of different types of maps and spatial representation. The Five Themes of Geography are the overarching framework to guide classroom investigations. Inquiries include study of student’s own community and broadens to the global scale. With a growing interest in technology, students are educated about different geographic tools to advance their knowledge of location, place, and human-environmental interactions. In addition, students expand their knowledge of physical geography by exploring landforms, water, climate, and earth’s layers and systems in context of how and why people live in certain ways. There is considerable transfer of knowledge between science and social studies. Looking at natural resources, students engage in a case study of water, the most crucial natural resource, to understand how geography, consumption, production, and sustainability are critical to our present and future lives. The culminating unit involves a comparative study of different ancient civilizations to connect history with geography in a way that draws relevance and meaning for students.
Spatial Representation Physical Geography Natural Resources
Human Environnment Interaction Ancient Egypt- A Case Study
WORDS THEIR WAY -Students continue to work in Words Their Way to better their spelling. Each sort they complete focuses on a spelling rule. The sequence of the developmental program is based on the alphabet, spelling patterns, and meaning principles of a child's spelling development. Students will have a new sort to work with every cycle.
Technology is incorporated into all subject areas. Students learn and use different programs to link technology to our curriculum.