5th Grade Curriculum

  • Our 5th grade Math is Minnesota State Standards based and 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 Math Games that are both fun and skill building. We use Everyday Math as well as other sources to support our standards. Math Homework (Study Links) are assigned daily.


                Readers Workshop uses a Balanced Literacy approach to improve reading comprehension, inference skills, vocabulary, and the sub-skills of reading instruction.  Readers Workshop includes ZYLAR  (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, as well as a variety of high-interest non-fiction books.


                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 State 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 early 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.


                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 weekly spelling list consists of 24 of these words from the Words Their Way curriculum.  In addition, 5 Latin or Greek roots will be studied each week, to build vocabulary and word meaning strategies.


               Our curriculum is designed to support each student, at their level, as they strive to meet the State Standards, and to help to prepare them for a successful  transition to Middle School.