Welcome to Fifth grade!
Fifth grade is an exciting year for our students as they are enjoying their last year in elementary school and preparing for their journey into middle school. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities this year: Field Day, Safety Patrol, Battle of the Books, Family Life, Fire Safety, Living Wax Museum, select field experiences, and of course, the fifth-grade Promotion Ceremony.
Fifth-grade students will apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies before-, during-, and after-reading to enhance understanding of text. They will continue to develop an appreciation for a wide variety of literary genre selections across content areas. Students will increase communication skills by participating in a variety of learning experiences and will use online, print, and other media resources to prepare presentations. Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit to describe, entertain, and explain. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic thinkers, readers, writers, and collaborators.
In fifth-grade math, as well as in fifth-grade accelerated mathematics, problem-solving strategies, logical reasoning, and algebraic thinking skills continue to be developed and refined. Work continues with numbers and operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students will explore topics such as, measurement, geometry, data analysis, and probability within real life applications and experiences.
The fifth-grade curriculum focuses on transforming matter and energy. Students will develop these standards through observations, hands-on opportunities, experiments, models, and scientific investigation. Scientific processes, engineering, and technology are woven into instruction. Key concepts of physics are studied, including matter, energy, the electromagnetic spectrum, and Earth’s geosphere.
The World Studies curriculum in fifth grade serves as a bridge between the study of the ancients in second and third grades and the world history courses in high school. The course introduces students to regions of the world that are increasingly important to our country. Students will study Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The World Studies curriculum is designed to focus on critical thinking while building geographic, communication, and research skills. Students will study five regions of the world and apply concepts of geography, civics, and economics to their everyday life.