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!
     

     

Mathematics

    • 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.

Reading

    • 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. 
     

Writing

    • 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.

Social Studies

    • 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,
      • colonialism,
      • the American Revolution,
      • the Declaration of Independence,
      • the United States Constitution, and
      • the Bill of Rights.
     

Science

  • Curriculum Used: Building Blocks of Science
    The 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