Grade 5 Curriculum Summary

Mathematics
• Write and interpret numerical expressions
• Analyze patterns and relationships
• Understand the place value system
• Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with
decimals to hundredths
• Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
• Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiplication and divide fractions
• Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system
• Represent and interpret data
• Understand concepts of volume
• Graph points on the coordinate plane
• Classify two-dimensional figures

Reading
• Participate in book discussion with partners, small groups, and whole class
• Read text with fluency and expression
• Use multiple strategies to determine word meaning
• Understand the connotations of words and figurative language
• Read for insight, pleasure, information
• Gather, take notes, organize and synthesize relevant information
• Use comprehension strategies to deepen understanding
• Read to acquire information
• Apply comprehension strategies to content area
• Increase knowledge of word structure and vocabulary

Writing
• Use the writing process including drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
• Use graphic organizers to plan writing
• Select appropriate genres for different writing purposes
• Consider audience and purpose for writing
• Use conventional spelling
• Use mentor text to learn crafting techniques
• Write with voice
• Use research skills to support informational writing

Science
The 2020-2021 school year includes changes to science programming and curriculum in order to meet the needs of the district’s hybrid and remote learning plans. Units that will be facilitated support the Science and Engineering Framework. Grade 5 students explore the big ideas of life, physical, and earth science through an inquiry-based, hands on approach, with the following units:
• Weather & Water (Earth Science)
• Ecosystem Restoration (Life & Earth Science) (Life Science)

Social Studies
Students learn about geography and engage in inquiry-based social studies as they study the following units:
• Immigration and Industrial Revolution
• Westward Movement
• American Revolution
• Key Events Leading to the Civil War
• U.S. Government

Spanish Language & Culture
• Understand and produce memorized vocabulary and familiar expressions from grades one through four with increased confidence, comprehensibility, and flexibility
• Understand and produce memorized vocabulary and formulaic expressions related to: the classroom, class schedules, telling time, a weather forecast, and eating together
• Communicate aspects of what students like to do and describe themselves
• Engage in conversational exchanges on familiar topics
• Demonstrate awareness, curiosity and appreciation for different cultures

Art
• Organize and plan and idea using a variety of self-selected strategies.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design. Be able to apply these principles in artistic work in a developmentally appropriate way.
• Explain artistic choices by developing an artist statement.
• Connect with art in other settings
• Solve artistic problems and think critically and creatively
• Use materials safely
• Use shading to create three-dimensional forms
• Demonstrate working with painting techniques
• Create a 3-D form for self-expression

Music
• Identify standard notation symbols and musical terms referring to dynamics, tempo, articulations, meter, and expression and apply them when performing
• Demonstrate more refined vocal production
• Recognize adult vocal ranges through the study of opera
• Sing and play music using dynamics and tempi as expressive tools
• Listen to and analyze music for expressive purpose and form
• Compose music within specified guidelines
• Evaluate personal music performance in oral and written form
• String Ensemble or Band may be elected in grade 5

Physical Education
• Experience the joy of movement with self and others
• Practice and apply movement concepts and skills that will lead to enjoyable participation in activities/games/sports
• Accept, recognize, and actively involve others with both higher and lower skill abilities into physical activities and group projects
• Throw overhand using a mature pattern to a moving target in a small-sided game
• Forearm pass a ball to a partner/teammate in a modified game activity with correct form
• Apply basic offensive and defensive strategies and tactics in small sided games
• Combine a minimum of 5 gymnastics skills (rolling, balances and weight transfers) to create and demonstrate a gymnastics sequence

Library & Digital Learning
• Identify point of view and genres in literature
• Refine creation of work, especially in cloud-based system, including multimedia projects
• Read a variety of literature genres, particularly historical fiction
• Cite sources from print and electronic
• Use specified search engines and directories and access sources
• Use a variety of reference tools
• Define and identify specific cyberbullying challenges that occur in school or online
• Further refine understanding of Digital Citizenship

Social & Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is more than just a program or lesson. It is about how teaching and learning happens, as well as what you teach and where you learn. There are a variety of approaches used to teach SEL including:

• Free-standing lessons designed to enhance students’ social and emotional competence explicitly.
• Teaching practices such as cooperative learning and project-based learning, which promote SEL.
• Integration of SEL and academic curriculum such as language arts, math, social studies, or health.
• Organizational strategies that promote SEL as a schoolwide initiative that creates a climate and culture conducive to learning.

At the elementary level, the Responsive Classroom Approach is used to promote well-designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and engaging classroom and school communities. The emphasis is on helping students develop their academic, social, and emotional skills in a learning environment that is developmentally responsive to their strengths and needs. Students develop their SEL skills across five competencies:

• Self Awareness
• Self Management
• Social Awareness
• Relationship Skills
• Responsible Decision Making


Grade 5 Racial Literacy
How Immigration and Forced Movement Shaped the Racial and Cultural Landscape of the United States
Fifth graders trace the history of immigration and enslavement in the United States to build an understanding of national demographics and different racial perspectives. Students review cultural contributions, persecution, and resistance from varied ethnic groups.

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