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Curriculum Night. I. Welcome to the 5 th Grade! Last Year in elementary school II. Rules and Procedures Name in the book/Discipline Notes/Earn “Money” Daily in Planner III. Homework Planners—write their homework down daily

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I. Welcome to the 5th Grade!

  • Last Year in elementary school
  • II. Rules and Procedures
  • Name in the book/Discipline Notes/Earn “Money”
  • Daily in Planner
  • III. Homework
  • Planners—write their homework down daily
  • Accelerated Reader—point and percentage goal. This will count as two grades at the end of the quarter.
  • Novels—We consistently are reading a novel in class. They will have quizzes on their nightly reading.

IV. Class Expectations: Folders, Accordions, Notebooks

  • V. Grading: Power School (60% formal, 40% informal)

VI. Communication

  • Tuesday folders (Please sign and return papers)
  • Newsletters, emails, phone calls, etc. (
  • Planners
  • Wiki:
  • Wiki shortcut:


Literacy: (Which includes reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar)



Social Studies


5th Grade Literature Curriculum Units / Themes

  • Native Americans
  • Natural Disasters
  • Rain Forest / Ecosystems
  • Making a New Nation
  • People Making a Difference
  • Civil Rights
  • Folklore / Myths

5th Grade Writing Curriculum 2012-2013

  • Text Types
  • Write arguments to support a position using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence.
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and explain complex information.
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.
  • Writers will also:
  • Plan, revise, edit, rewrite or try a new approach to develop and strengthen writing
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing


  • Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of
  • Standard English language
  • when writing or speaking:
  • Conjunctions
  • Prepositions
  • Interjections
  • Perfect Verb Tense
  • (I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked)
  • Comma to set off the words yes and no (Yes, thank you),
  • to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence
  • (It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address
  • (Is that you, Steve?)
  • Use Underlining, quotation marks, or italics


  • Using Context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
  • Using common, grade appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots
  • as clues to the
  • meaning of the word (photograph, photosynthesis)
  • Consult reference materials both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine
  • or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases
  • (dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses)
  • Figurative Language (similes and metaphors)
  • Explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs
  • Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words
  • (synonyms, antonyms, homographs)
  • Use Domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition,
  • and other logical relationships
  • (however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition)

5th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

  • Students will analyze the chronology of key events in the United States:
  • Native Americans
  • European Explorers
  • Early colonies and 13 Colonies
  • Revolutionary War and the formation of the Constitution
  • War of 1812
  • Westward Expansion
  • Slavery
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Citizenship
  • Constitution

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

• Write and interpret numerical expressions. • Analyze patterns and relationships.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

• Understand the place value system. • Perform operations with multi-digit whole

numbers and with decimals to hundredths.

Number and Operations—Fractions

• Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add

and subtract fractions.

• Apply and extend previous understandings

of multiplication and division to multiply and

divide fractions.

Measurement and Data

• Convert like measurement units within a given

measurement system.

• Represent and interpret data.

• Geometric measurement: understand concepts

of volume and relate volume to multiplication

and to addition.


• Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve

real-world and mathematical problems.

• Classify two-dimensional figures into categories

based on their properties.


Mathematical Practices

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in

solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique

the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated



Science Topics Grade 5

Weather (forecasting the weather using instruments and clouds, jet stream, El Nino, La Nina, daily and seasonal changes in weather, water cycle)

B) Ecosystems (food chains, food webs, compare ecosystems, classify organisms by their job i.e. decomposer, relationships between plants and animals)

C) Interactions of Matter and the Changes that Occur

D) Heating and Cooling (transfer of heat, convection, conduction, radiation)

E) Force and Motion (force, position, gravity, how mass affects an object)

F) Body Systems(• Circulatory System (heart, blood, vessels)

• Respiratory System (nose, trachea, lungs)

• Skeletal System (bones)

• Muscular System (muscles)

• Digestive System (mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines)

• Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, nerves)

RHASE (Reproductive System)

G) Genetics (how some likenesses are inherited and others are not, how an organism is similar/different than its parent)


VII. Field Trips/Events (volunteers register)

  • ** AR End of Quarter: Oct. 24, Jan. 17, Mar. 26, May 30
  • ** October 2nd: Field Trip to the Symphony
  • ** October 18 Fall Festival
  • ** December 18 Winter Festival
  • ** Feb. 4-7– Washington, DC (pending approval)
  • ** Feb. 14- Valentine’s Dance
  • ** May 20-23 – EOGs Reading, Math, Science
  • ** End of Year Picnic: TBD
  • ** June 10 – Last day of school and departure ceremony