Curriculum Guide - Fifth Grade

Language Arts
1. Reading
Use authentic literature to:
-reinforce comprehension skills
-identify setting, plot, theme
-compare and contrast characters
-predict outcomes
-draw conclusions
-identify figurative language (smile, metaphor, alliteration and idioms)

2. Reference sources and tools -dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, almanac and card catalog

3. Writing
Using the stages of the Writing Process to:
-write creative and expository essays
-write for social interaction (friendly/business letters, invitations/thank you notes)
-write research reports, journal entries and book reports
-compose poetry
-use grade appropriate correct spelling in all written work

4. Essential skills and mechanics
A. Grammar
-declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory sentences, subjects and predicates
-word order
B. Parts of speech

  • -nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, possessive, singular and plural nouns
    -introduce prepositions, conjunctions and interjections

C. Punctuation
-period, question mark, exclamation mark, commas, apostrophe, quotation marks, colon/hyphen and indenting

5. Listening and speaking skills
-present/listen to oral presentations
-formulate and ask questions
-follow oral directions

Earth Science - oceans
water cycle weather patterns earth's changing surface protecting earth's resources
Space & technology - Earth & space - Inner and outer planets
Physical science - changes in matter
forces in motion changing forms of energy
Life Science - classifying organisms
cells to systems interactions with ecosystems * changes in ecosystems

Social Studies
1. Geographic, economic, and social/cultural understandings related to the U.S., Canada and Latin America
2. Reinforce and build on historic/political elements of the U.S. developed in 4th. Grade
3. Map Skills -political, physical and historic maps
4. Multi-cultural awareness
5. Exploring the United States and its regions

1. Place value beyond millions
2. Addition and Subtraction -whole numbers, decimals, fractions, mixed numbers
3. Multiplication and Division -whole numbers-4 or more digits, decimals, fractions, expressions, prime and composite numbers
4. Fractions -addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
-equivalent forms
5. Decimals
-to thousandths place
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
-ordering and comparing
6. Collecting, organizing and using data -graphs, tables, diagrams
7. Problem Solving strategies
8. Measurement, Time, Money and Geometry

1. Rhythm -create 2-measure patterns, perform patterns, recognize rhythms up to sixteenth note
2. Melody
3. Form -ABA, AABA, ABACA, two and three part rounds, identify common musical symbols
4. Harmony -three-chord accompaniment, score with multiple parts
5. Listening -identify and classify instrument families

Physical Education
1. Motor patterns -basic locomotor, non-locomotor, and selected manipulative skills performed
2. Concepts of body, space, effort and relationship
3. Simple skills and combinations to skill combinations

1. Integrate knowledge of basic body systems with the understanding of changes that accompany puberty
2. Recognizing healthy foods and recognizing factors affecting food choices
3. Understanding adverse effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drug misuse and how to resist using them
4. Apply safety knowledge and recognizing environmental hazards
5. Know major chronic and communicable diseases
Character Development – Second Step, Don't Laugh At Me (Anti-Bullying Program)