Students receive their own Bible and use it as their primary text to learn about the Scriptural tradition of Christianity. Students learn the basic make-up of the Bible and spend a large portion of the year on the stories from the Pentateuch – the stories that surround the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. It is intended that students will gain an enthusiasm about the Bible as a living text applicable to the lives of people today.
Language Arts a multi-dimensional academic discipline. We will be reading many works of literature from our textbook and a few novels. Students will:
· Learn reading techniques.
· Expand their vocabulary.
· Experience different story genre.
· Learn how readers make predictions.
· Share reactions, ideas, and opinions in class.
· Respond to literature through written work and/or projects.
· Recognize theme, plot, setting, character, etc.
Students will be writing habitually. With each assignment, students will focus on one or two writing skills. Example: complete sentences, paragraph, etc. Students will learn:
· The writing process (brainstorm, first draft, revise, proofread, publish).
· The different types of writing (inform, persuade, entertain).
· To share their work with their classmates.
· To share their ideas through written communication.
Students will choose novels to read throughout the year based on their reading ability, set Accelerated Reader goals, and monitor their progress on a quarterly basis.
The text we will be using Journeys curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Math.
In fifth grade the students study the history, geography, economy, culture and the government of the United States from its discovery by Europeans through the Civil War. The students focus on geography skills by reading a variety of graphs and maps. The students also practice thinking skills such as looking at points of view, analyzing the news and distinguishing fact versus opinion to enhance their ability to be informed citizens of our society. The students also follow current event news stories with weekly Scholastic News magazines.
This year the fifth grade students will study addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and decimals. They will collect, organize, collect and use data in graphing and problem solving. The students will write, compare and order fractions and mixed numbers. The text we will be using is Houghton Mifflin Math.
This year the fifth grade will explore life science, earth science, and physical science. We will have both a hands on and text book approach to learning. We will use Minnesota’s new S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) standards to guide our learning. The text we will be using is Science a Closer Look, published by Macmillan McGraw Hill.