• Welcome to Fifth Grade!

    Fifth Grade Curriculum Highlights


    Reading instruction will be done following the Reader's Workshop Model. Our reading program consists of read-alouds, book clubs, and independent reading. Students are required to read each day. Practicing reading grows readers! Students are encouraged to read a variety of genres and log them into their Reader's Notebooks. They will be learning and practicing different strategies to improve reading comprehension. 


    We use the consume, critique, produce writing model in the Writer's Workshop framework.  Students will be exposed to many different writing genres throughout the year.  Students will write reading responses, narratives,  informational texts (reports), and persuasive letters. They will also be writing small moments from their lives as a way to help generate ideas.  In class writing will be done daily, for a minimum of 45 minutes. It is important to note that as part of the NY State assessments, writing is used to assess reading comprehension.


    Fifth graders are expected to have mastered all of their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.  Mastering these facts will ensure their success as they solve more complex math problems. Students will use problem solving strategies and explain their thinking and reasoning in written form using math vocabulary.  We focus on place value, decimals and fractions.   

    Social Studies

    The fifth grade program stresses the geographic, economic, and social/cultural understandings related to the Western Hemisphere, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Central, and South America.  We will also build on and reinforce historic and political information about the United States.


    Fifth Grade is transitioning to New York State's Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS).  These are based on the Next Generations Science Standards.  The primary focus is Inquiry and Questioning during hands-on activities .  Units of study will include:  Rocks and Minerals, Light, World in Motion,  Converting Units of Measure, Volume, the Immune System, and Growth/Development.