Curriculum at a Glance
This page is a brief summary of the fifth grade curriculum, to give you an idea of what to expect your fifth grader to learn this year!
- Curriculum Used: Stepping Stones
- Fifth grade, in the words of Mrs. Cannon, "lives in the world of fractions and decimals."
- The math concepts covered in this year of your child's schooling include:
- long multiplication/long division,
- the order of operations (PEMDAS)
- being able to perform all four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) with both fractions and decimals,
- reading and writing numbers from the billions place to the thousandths place (1,000,000,000.001),
- classifying triangles and quadrilaterals based on their properties, and
- finding the volume of rectangular prisms.
- They also begin to learn the foundation for algebraic thinking.
- Curriculum Used: Reach for Reading
- Reach for Reading is a National Geographic curriculum that the whole district has adopted and is rich with a variety of cross-curricular resources.
- The reading program engages students with an anthology that has many short stories as well as a classroom library worth of books ranging from nonfiction picture books to fiction chapter books that students read and discuss with their teacher.
- Curriculum Used: Units of Study
- Units of Study takes students through highly interactive, workshop model lessons focusing on four types of writing.
- Students practice communicating through narrative, opinion, informational, and memoir writing.
- Each quarter will have its own focus.
- The opinion (persuasive) unit will have a cross-curricular connection to science as students study recycling and waste management.
- The informational writing unit will have a cross-curricular connection to social studies as it will have the students writing research papers about the Revolutionary War.
- Curriculum Used: History Alive!
- The focus of fifth grade social studies is early United States history.
- Students learn about how our country came to be founded.
- The social studies curriculum explores concepts such as:
- reading and drafting maps,
- migration routes,
- Native Americans,
- European exploration,
- the American Revolution,
- the Declaration of Independence,
- the United States Constitution, and
- the Bill of Rights.
Curriculum Used: Building Blocks of ScienceThe science curriculum will help prepare your student for middle school by introducing a rotation between teachers that mimics the middle school schedule. Students will start with their homeroom teacher, and each quarter will rotate to a different teacher in order to cover all four of the science units.Each teacher takes on a specific science unit, teaching it five times each year:
- Mrs. Cannon -- Structures & Properties of Matter
- Mrs. Fly -- Waste Management & Human Impact
- Mrs. Moore -- Ecosystems
- Mrs. Morrisette -- Variables & Engineering
- Mrs. Seldomridge -- Changing Earth