Welcome to Fifth Grade!
Fifth grade is a year with greatly increased responsibility. The textbooks used and the material taught at this grade can be very challenging as students continue to mature academically. They are expected to read more and do many more high-level tasks and engage in more critical thinking and problem-solving.
Using a Scott-Foresman literature book, fifth graders practice skills such as decoding using context clues and structural analysis, understanding story elements, investigating expository text structure (time order, description, cause and effect, etc.), using the table of contents, index, glossary, and graphic clues. Students learn more about drawing conclusions and making judgments from text, and they are taught to use a variety of reading strategies and study skills to create meaning from text. Fifth graders continue to use process writing to learn to write for many different purposes. They are expected to write complete sentences and use correct punctuation in everyday work in all subject areas.
Fifth grade Math instruction focuses on these important skills: · multiplying three-digit numbers by three-digit numbers; dividing four-digit numbers by a two-digit number and finding averages; adding, subtracting, and simplifying unlike fractions; finding greatest common factors and least common multiples; identifying various geometric shapes; measuring angles using a protractor; graphing and statistics; ratios, fractions, decimals, and percents; basic algebra concepts; and use of strategies to solve problems.
Fifth graders will explore Science units covering the Earth's changing surface, weather, and plants and animals. Throughout the year, hands-on activities help students practice the Scientific Method.
The fifth grade Social Studies curriculum covers the major events and personalities of the United States from the arrival of the first Americans through the development of the Constitution and the era of expansion through the mid 1800's. The five themes of geography are emphasized throughout this study of our nation's past (location, place, human-environment interactions, movement, and region), along with the ideals of citizenship and our core democratic values. Economic concepts and current events are also explored.
Art & Music
This year, students continue to be exposed to the fine arts in Music and Art classes, which are each held once a week.
Physical Education & Health
Fifth grade students participate in thirty-minute periods of PE twice each week. Weekly Health classes teach the children about will cover topics such as the respiratory system, developing healthy habits, drug abuse resistance (in partnership with the DARE program), and personal safety.
Assessment & Reporting
Fifth graders in Michigan participate in Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) testing. This test assesses progress in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science. Tests are given in October. These tests are not graded, but give us valuable information to help children with their individual needs and align our curriculum. Parents are kept informed about academic progress through regular reports and conferences.