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5th Grade


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Language Arts

Fifth grade students will apply a variety of reading comprehension strategies before-, during-, and after- reading to enhance understanding of text. They will continue to develop an appreciation for literature by a reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections across content areas. Students will increase communication skills by participating in a variety of learning experiences and will use online, print, and media resources to prepare presentations. In addition, students will plan, draft, revise, and edit to describe, to entertain, and to explain. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.

Math

In fifth grade mathematics, problem- solving strategies, logical reasoning skills, and algebraic thinking skills continue to be developed and refined. Work continues with numbers and operations on whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students explore topics in measurement, geometry, data analysis, and probability. 

Social Studies

The World Studies curriculum serves as a bridge between the study of the ancient civilizations in second and third grades and the world history courses in high school. The course introduces students to regions of the world that are increasingly important to our country. Students will study Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The content is international in scope with an emphasis on geography and history along with economic development, political systems and current world issues from selected countries. The major focus should be the interdependence of nations, with an understanding and appreciation of the cultures of others.

Science

The fifth grade standards emphasize the importance of selecting appropriate instruments for measuring and recording observations. The organization, analysis, and application of data continue to be an important focus of classroom inquiry. Science skills from preceding grades are reinforced at this level. Key concepts of matter, including those about atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds, are studied and the properties of matter are defined in greater detail. The cellular makeup of organisms and the distinguishing characteristics of groups of organisms are stressed. Students will also learn about the characteristics of the oceans and Earth's changing surface.