Fifth Grade Curriculum
Fifth grade follows the Reader’s Workshop model. Students read many books and explore different genres, authors, and texts. Reader’s Workshop emphasizes the interaction between readers and text. Students learn to ask questions and make connections with prior knowledge and previously read texts. The Reader’s Workshop model includes peer conferences and teacher conferences with students. Students are assessed for independent reading levels throughout the school year using Running Records. Reading genres include: Analyzing Themes, Informational/Research Reading, Social Issues, and Fantasy.
Everyday Mathematics is the fifth grade mathematics program. Units of study to be covered are: Area and Volume, Whole Number Place Value and Operations, Fraction Concepts, Decimal Concepts, Operations with Fractions, Decimal Mulitplication and Division, Multiplication of Mixed Numbers, and Applications of Measurement. Students become involved in mathematical explorations using math manipulatives, games, and math message investigations. Math Boxes in their Student Journal provide review and practice daily.
The four science units are:
Unit 1: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
Unit 2: Stucture and Properties of Matter
Unit 3: Earth's Systems
Unit 4: Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System
The five units of study are:
Unit 1: Spatial Representation
Unit 2: Physical Geography
Unit 3: Natural Resources (Water)
Unit 4: Human-Environment Interaction
Unit 5: Ancient Civilization Case Studies
Fifth grade follows the Writer’s Workshop model. Students establish and maintain a Writer's Notebook throughout the school year. The Notebook is used to gather ideas for various genres of writing. Writing genres studied are: Personal Narrative, Informational Writing, Literary Essay, and Research-Based Argument Essay.
Words Their Way (Word Study) is a phonics, vocabulary, and spelling program. Children learn to look closely at words to compare, contrast, and classify categories of sounds and words. Word meanings are discussed. Students engage in a variety of activities in school and at home to practice their spelling and vocabulary skills.
The fifth graders have the opportunity to work one-to-one with their own Chromebooks. This Anytime Anywhere initiative allows students to have all types of technology at their fingertips.