Literacy – The skills of literacy is taught by using Imagine It and novel studies. Each teacher adapts the literacy curriculum to their classroom and uses skills that will provide tools for success on the End of Grade test.
Math – Math is taught by using Investigations and CMS units. During the course of fifth grade, the students need to have the understanding of basic math (adding/subtraction, multiplication/division, place value and story problems), geometry, fractions, and algebra. All the parts of these sections are tools to help every student thrive on End of Grade tests.
Writing – We do many things with writing. Each class does writing across the curriculum along with other writing skills and topics. Some topics are letter/business letters, persuasion, and poetry.
Science – There are four main topics that the fifth graders cover in the school year: weather, ecosystems, laws of motion and landforms. In the spring, the fifth graders will travel up to Camp Harrison to partake in outdoor activities that are hands-on ecosystem related material. The students have a blast and it really drives home the information for the End of Grade test.
Social Studies – Our social studies unit starts out discussing the migration of the Native Americans into their North American home. We continue to learn and understand history up to the Revolutionary War. We incorporate our writing lesson with the Wax Museum that all 5th graders participate in the spring.
As the fifth grade team, we also focus on instilling a sense responsibility in our students. We try to prepare them for the increase responsibility that they will face as 6th graders.