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5th Grade General Studies Overview

Reading Goals

  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to describe characteristics of a variety of genres, read books of their choice within these genres, and verbally describe the reasons that the book fits into a particular genre
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to determine the theme of a story from the details in a text, including how a character responds to challenges
  • SJCS fifth graders will be able to summarize large amounts of text succinctly
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to analyze words within text for multiple meanings, and also recognize and understand  figurative language
  • SJCS fifth grade students will compare and contrast 2 or more characters or events in a story, drawing on specific details from the text
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to enjoy and appreciate literature that embraces many diverse cultural ideas

Text

  • Independent reading books
  • Shared texts (read aloud)
  • Reader’s Notebooks
  • Google Drive (summary and responses)

Curriculum

  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  • The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

Writing Goals

  • SJCS fifth grade students will develop and strengthen certain pieces of writing by planning, revising, editing and publishing this writing
  • SJCS fifth grade student will use computers for publishing and practice appropriate uses of spell and grammar check
  • SJCS fifth grade students will learn keyboarding and word processing for the purpose of speed and accuracy
  • SJCS fifth grade students will conduct a short research project that uses several sources to build and communicate knowledge
  • SJCS fifth grade students will summarize and paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources
  • SJCS 5th grade students will learn strategies for choosing a writing topic and building their writing stamina through the use of a writer’s notebook

Text

  • Writer’s Notebooks
  • Report on Daily Living conditions in colonial Boston
  • Personal Narratives (through character) on Boston Life
  • Weekly responses to literature on Google Drive

Curriculum

  • Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing by Vicki Spandel
  • Storypath by Margit McGuire

Spelling Goals

  • SJCS fifth grade students will understand  the characteristics of Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek words
  • SJCS fifth grade students will understand the difference between a prefix, root and suffix
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be exposed to the single and/or multiple meanings of the most common Latin prefixes and roots in the English language
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to look at a Latin word and decide which meaning applies to that particular word
  • SJCS fifth grade students will learn a variety of strategies to assist them in their writing when they are unsure of spelling
  • SJCS fifth grade student will self and peer edit papers that they are going to publish for correct spelling

Text

  • Wired for Reading handouts
  • Spelling Notebooks
  • Spelling Tests –Part of the year

Curriculum

  • Wired for Reading by Laura Rogan

Speaking and Listening Goals

Students will:

  • Develop oral presentation skills such as eye contact, voice, rate of speech, and good posture
  • Students will listen effectively by identifying their need to use a fidget and choosing an appropriate fidget in order to keep their eyes on the speaker
  • Students will identify their voice level using a responsive classroom scale and determine if their voice level is appropriate for the situation
  • Students will maintain focus on the speaker by asking appropriate questions

Curriculum

  • Morning Meeting (sharing)
  • Colonial Boston celebration
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Storypath

Social Studies Goals

  • SJCS fifth grade students will cooperatively build a realistic frieze of colonial Boston and understand how the setting is different than the city of Boston today
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to name business that were present in colonial Boston
  • SJCS fifth grade students will form opinions on historical events and discuss their point of view with their peers
  • SJCS fifth grade students will learn the importance of historical events such as The Boston Tea Party, The Tea Act, The Sugar Act and the Navigation Act to US history
  • SJCS fifth grade students will be able to identify clothing worn by people in colonial times and identify how this clothing differs from that which is worn today

Text

  • Town Meetings
  • Research project on daily living
  • Postcard home to England written in a first-person narrative
  • Various handouts from Storypath

Curriculum

  • Storypath by Margit McGuire

Math Goals

  • SJCS 5th grade students will read and write whole numbers and decimals; identify places in such numbers and the values of the digits in those places; use expanded notation to represent whole numbers and decimals
  • SJCS 5th grade students will use numerical expressions involving one or more of the basic four arithmetic operations, grouping symbols, and exponents to give equivalent names for whole numbers; convert between base-10, exponential, and repeated-factor notations
  • SJCS 5th grade students will compare and order rational numbers; use area models, benchmark fractions, and analyses of numerators and denominators to compare and order fractions and mixed numbers; describe strategies used to compare fractions and mixed numbers
  • SJCS 5th grade students will use manipulatives, mental arithmetic, paper-and-pencil algorithms and models, and calculators to solve problems involving the multiplication of whole numbers and decimals and the division of multi-digit whole numbers and decimals by whole numbers; express remainders as whole numbers or fractions as appropriate; describe the strategies used and explain how they work
  • SJCS 5th grade students will estimate length with and without tools; measure length with tools to the nearest 1/8 inch and millimeter; estimate the measure of angles with and without tools; use tools to draw angles with given measures
  • SJCS 5th grade students will Identify, describe, compare, name, and draw right, acute, obtuse, straight, and reflex angles; determine angle measures in vertical and supplementary angles and by applying properties of sums of angle measures in triangles and quadrangles
  • SJCS 5th grade students will extend, describe, and create numeric patterns; describe rules for patterns and use them to solve problems; write rules for functions involving the four basic arithmetic operations; represent functions using words, symbols, tables, and graphs and use those representations to solve problems

Text

  • Everyday math consumable workbooks
  • Games
  • Student Reference Book

Curriculum

  • Everyday Math