5th Grade Curriculum
Students will spend additional time focusing on reading and writing skills. Time will be spent reading novels as well as various other forms of literature, participating in literature circle discussions, and responding to the literature in writing. Students will also work on improving their oratory skills.
In the fifth-grade English classroom, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will read more challenging literature and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary. Students will participate in Daily Grammar Practice which helps them to understand the basics of grammar and mechanics so that they can get the most out of lessons in usage and writing. Students will also be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text. Students will write regularly and continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information.
In the fifth-grade History classroom, students will be studying the story of America from 1865 to the present day. Topics of study will include the Civil War, Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, the Industrial Revolution, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, and the Cold War as well as recent historical events. Students learn to explore cause-and-effect relationships; compare past and present events; and make and use timelines, graphs, charts, and maps to interpret historical data. Technology is often integrated, as students use the Internet to facilitate their learning.
In fifth-grade math, the students will explore national standards based on NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). The students will explore place value, multiplying and dividing whole numbers, the adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing of decimals and fractions. The students will learn how to find volume, use the coordinate plane, use geometry and convert measurements. The students will learn in whole group and small group settings.
In fifth-grade science, the students will explore six modules based on the Next Generation Science Standards. The modules are the structure and properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, plant and animal needs, matter in ecosystems, interactions of Earth’s major systems, and the solar system and beyond
Exploratory: Introduction to Music
This course is offered to students in 5th grade regardless of previous musical experiences. The course allows students to explore and experience the importance of rhythm in all types of music from different cultures, time periods and genres. The curriculum emphasizes the basics of reading music and music theory. Students will participate in activities and lessons allowing them the opportunity to explore different forms of music including singing, playing instruments, listening to varying types of music and creating musical lyrics and rhythms.
Exploratory: Physical Education 5
Fifth-grade physical education class will focus on games and activities that will help students to develop the skills necessary to be active participants in the process of learning. Students learn in different ways and progress at different rates; knowing that students are going to be at different stages of processing for understanding a new skill set, this class will focus in on individual, social, and contextual processes.
Exploratory: Introduction to Technology 5
Fifth-grade students will learn the basics of technology including Google Classroom and other Google products. Students will also learn the basics of keyboarding and storyboard animation. Virtual reality and Z Space will also be incorporated into the technology class.