Fifth Grade

Welcome to the Fifth Grade!

Fifth grade is the students’ last year in elementary school. It is an exciting transformation both academically and emotionally. A great emphasis is placed on developing fine character traits which lead to improved academic success.  Independent learning will become more prevalent as the year progresses in preparation for their transition to middle school. The students will be reading to learn rather than learning to read. They will continue to develop study strategies, as well.

Using the Scott Foresman literature anthology as a foundation, the focus of the language arts program is to continue to develop students’ comprehension and vocabulary strategies. A variety of literary genres is used.  The process approach to writing continues. Proofreading and editing skills are emphasized. Students are expected to write multiple paragraphs about a particular theme. Fifth graders write stories, essays, poems and news articles. They begin to learn how to defend their point of view in writing. The students learn how to communicate their experiences and needs through letter writing. Their writing should demonstrate appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling. Fifth graders' writing should be well organized, and include an introductory paragraph, a body and a conclusion. The students also learn to present speeches and oral reports.

The students will engage in meaningful discussions and solve complex problems in math and science. In mathematics, students are expected to solve complex problems involving all four operations. Fifth graders solve challenging problems using logical strategies.

The science program integrates with math and technology.Students study life science, earth science, biology and physical science.

The social studies program stresses geographic, political, economic and social/cultural understandings related to the United States, Canada and Latin America. The students will continue to study geography using the map of the world and the globe. Lines of latitude and longitude will be used to identify exact location. Students continue to study the history of the United States. Current events and discussions are an important part of the social studies curriculum as well. Students learn how to interpret political cartoons, time lines, tables, charts and graphs. They learn about the three branches of government and about the documents that comprise our laws – the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Students continue to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.

We look forward to a year filled with exploration, discovery and learning.

Mrs. Ruisi

Ms. Iadevaia