The 5th grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes reading, sharing, and the agenda for the day.
Our reading curriculum includes implicit instruction in lessons through a variety of increasingly complex novel studies with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. Through novel studies, fifth grade students continue to develop their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina. Daily oral language development is practiced through language activities and skills practice. Vocabulary development is also practiced through Wordly Wise. Comprehension strategy instruction remains a hallmark of our fifth grade curriculum focus. Students are encouraged to use one more comprehension strategies to make sense of new texts they encounter. In fifth grade, students take charge of their own learning by utilizing comprehension strategies as they read to further understand texts.
Through our writing curriculum, fifth grade students write book reports and focus on poetry, narrative, persuasive, descriptive, and expository pieces of writing. Grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling remains a crucial part of the ELA portion of each lesson.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students build on skills in numbers and operations, fractions and decimals, proportion and measurement, probability and statistics, ratio, and percent, and mastery of math facts. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.
In fifth grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. The core areas of the fifth grade science curriculum include concepts in life, earth, and physical science. They engage in weekly STEM and science experiments. 5th grade students participate in the SCISA science fair. Social Studies concepts taught in fifth grade include American history and geography.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations, Limerick Lunch, Poetry Picnic, and Colonial Day that builds confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including Religion, music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.
Student Leadership opportunities include Student Council, Beta Club, Battle of the Books, Quiz Bowl, Spelling Bee, and Yearbook staff.