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|ELA and Social Studies
Fifth grade is an exciting year for reading! Students engage in novel studies and poetry units. In addition, students are exposed to more reading genres than ever. It is our goal in fifth grade to ensure that students become life-long readers who read for entertainment and to gather information as well. The fifth grade reading curriculum challenges the students' ability to "read beyond the text."
This year our fifth graders engaged in various novel studies that included; Esperanza Rising, My Brother Sam is Dead, and The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963. These novels were chosen to tie into our studies for Hispanic Heritage Month, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Each novel study also provides the students an opportunity to record a written response to the book and how it relates to their own lives.
The fifth grade social studies curriculum spans from 17,000 B.C. to present-day. Our studies begin with Ancient Civilizations and travels in time to explore the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction, World War I and II, the Civil Rights Movement, and present-day America and Latin America. While the amount of material covered may seem daunting, the students enthusiasm for history has been phenomenal!
Overall fifth grade is a challenging yet rewarding year that aims to prepare each and every student to be successful in the sixth grade.
-multiply three digit by two digit numbers
All 5th grade math students are expected to pass the state test in order to move on to middle school!
In Nature of Science, students are taught about lab safety, how to properly use lab tools, and the Scientific Method.
In Earth Science, students learn the many different systems we have including the sun, earth, and the moon. They learn about constructive and destructive forces, the affects of weathering and erosion, and renewable and non-renewable resources.
In Life Science, students learn how adaptations help animals survive in their habitat, the roles each organisms play in the ecosystem, and the differences between learned behaviors and inherited traits.
In Physical Science, students learn about physical properties. Students also learn about electricity, reflection, refraction, magnetism, mixtures, solutions, and forms of energy.
It is our goal that through hands on learning, all of our students will understand science and the world around them.