Reading instruction will be done following the Reader's Workshop Model. During mini-lessons students will learn a variety of comprehension and critical thinking strategies. Our reading program includes read-a-louds, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading. Students are required to read at least two chapter books independently per month in addition to what they read in school during book clubs. I encouraged children to read a variety of genres and they log books read on a list in their Reader's Notebooks. In addition, they will keep a tally of genres read in that notebook. We will also learn to write reading responses that utilize text evidence to support theories about characters, plot, or themes. Readers will be expected to write responses weekly based on their independent reading.
We use Lucy Caulkin's Units of Study to teach informational, opinion, and narrative writing to our students. Students write daily in a Writer's Workshop and participate in writing conferences geared to meeting their learning needs. Students will become fluent writers who learn a variety of craft and editing moves to improve their writing. There is a strong emphasis on editing skills and producing writing with good mechanics.
The fifth grade program stresses the geographic, economic, historical and cultural understandings related to the Western Hemisphere. We focus on the regions of the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Fifth graders are expected to be fluent in all of their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Mastering these facts will ensure their success as they solve multi-step word problems. Students learn a variety of problem solving strategies and are expected to explain their thinking in writing using math vocabulary. Our units of study will focus on Place Value with Whole Numbers and Decimals, Adding and Subtracting with Whole Numbers and Decimals, Multiplication/Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals, Fractions, Graphing, Line Plots and Algebra.
An inquiry method is emphasized in Science. Units of study include: Scientific Method,Deers Everywhere, Toys, and Got Water.