Fifth grade applies the strategies learned for reading and writing from previous years. We use a balanced literacy model to teach reading, writing, and word study. This approach gives students the opportunity to experience literature in a variety of ways throughout the day.
During guided reading, we use small group instruction to meet the individual needs of each child. Students use books on their level to develop the skills that will help them take their reading proficiency to the next level.
Shared reading is a time for students to be exposed to a wide variety of literature. Often the texts used at this time are linked to what we are studying in science, social studies, and math. Students review the comprehension strategies and practice applying them to texts. Clarifying, context clues, visualizing, questioning, predicting, making inferences, summarizing, and determining importance are the key components to reading comprehension. Whole group and partner discussions as well as individual assignments enhance their understanding of these strategies.
In addition to practicing capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure, fifth graders learn how reading and writing are connected. We use an assortment of books and texts to model how to write using the six traits – ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions.
Word study is an important time each day where fifth graders work on a variety of word skills. We use this time to study patterns within words, syllables, prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students also have a chance to work in small groups made up of children working at the same level to sort and write words to develop specific spelling features. Each of these word skills helps students to become stronger readers and writers.
In fifth grade, not only do we teach children the skills necessary to become literate, we promote a love of reading and writing that we hope students carry with them throughout their lives.
Just like fifth grade continues to build on the foundation for reading, fifth graders work hard to develop a strong number sense that will lay the groundwork for working with mathematics through the rest of their time in school and into their adult lives. Using hands-on activities, math talk, and exploration, students go beyond the procedures to develop a deeper understanding of numbers. Some of the topics we explore are number relationships, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, estimation, place value, money, patterns, graphing, measurement, geometry, fractions, decimals, algebra, word problems, and problem solving.
In fifth grade, we investigate topics such as scientific investigation, matter, cells, classification, ocean environment, plants, animals, geology, sound, light, weather, watersheds, weather, light, electricity, motion, and space. Through hands-on activities and literature connections, students will learn how to think like a scientist using logic and reason. Students enjoy working as a whole class and in small groups to learn more about science throughout the year.
World Studies is explored by fifth graders. Students are introduced to the five regions of the world. Students will study Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Fifth graders will study these regions of the world by studying maps and using atlases to enable them to apply concepts of geography, civics, and economics to their own personal lives.