Curriculum

  • Our 5th grade Everyday Math is a spiraling curriculum that focuses on concepts and problem solving to build mathematical understanding and flexibility.  The content standards include Number Sense, Patterns, Functions, and Algebra, Geometry Shape and Space, Measurement, Data/Statistics, and Probability/Chance.  A large component of the curriculum includes skills development through Everyday Math Games that are both fun and skill building. Math Homework (Study Links) are assigned daily. Check the student planner! Chess is strategically taught to enhance mathematical thinking.

    Readers Workshop uses a Balanced Literacy approach to improve reading comprehension, inference skills, vocabulary, and the sub-skills of reading instruction.  Readers Workshop includes Accelerated Reader (independent reading at the student's level), Guided Oral Reading (differentiated instructional reading for skill mastery), and Shared Reading for common understanding.  We will use a variety of reading materials throughout the year, but look for such classics as Bridge to Terabithia and Tuck Everlasting.

    Writers Workshop for 5th grade focuses on expanding student's previous writing experiences.  The emphasis is on developing multiple paragraph literary, biographical, and personal essays whose content meets the standards for descriptive, narrative, clarification, and expository writing.  We also write lyrically with a variety of poetry types, research facts for a realistic fiction piece, create an autobiographical memoir, and write nonfiction feature articles that reflect current events. Writing mechanics such as grammar and punctuation are taught for mastery in writing. 

    In 5th grade, the Social Studies curriculum focus is on American History, starting around 30,000 BC until the late 1800s.  The content includes the 5 themes of Social Studies.  We pay particular attention to the different people involved in historical events, and the effect those interactions have on them.  Students also study geography and politics through creating and interpreting maps.  The important skill of note-taking is taught during Social Studies.

    Spelling- Research has indicated that to be good spellers, students should master the 1000 Most Commonly Used Words, and develop root word knowledge from our language's Latin and Greek roots. Our spelling list weekly consists of 10 of the last 300 words on the Fry List of Most Commonly Used Words.  In addition, 5 Latin or Greek roots will be studied each week.