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Grade 5 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • utilize a variety of strategies to enhance reading comprehension and vocabulary growth
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information
    • summarize materials orally and in writing
    • compare three or more sources of information about the same topic
    • use a variety of media to access and express information
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials
    • analyze and critique materials using an evaluation criteria
    • use information to support opinions and ideas
  • read and discuss a variety of materials
    • relate new and more complex ideas to prior knowledge and experience
    • investigate issues and interests


Using the writing process, your child will:

  • consider audience and purpose of the writing
  • clearly focus on main idea throughout
  • organize ideas into paragraphs
  • begin to organize paragraphs into a logical order
  • elaborate ideas with supporting details
  • begin to use relevant dialogue
  • made effective word choices
  • grab attention with lead and bring closure with ending
  • consistently vary length and complexity of sentences
  • demonstrate consistent voice
  • use grammar, punctuation and capitalization correctly
  • use standard spelling in published pieces
  • complete a research project

Speaking and Listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions
  • present compositions and reports
  • be an active listener


Your child will:

  • show academic progress
  • display effort
  • understand and apply unit concepts from current quarter
  • demonstrate problem solving strategies
  • explain mathematical reasoning


Your child will learn about science by asking questions about the world, designing and conducting experiments and recording and reflecting on findings. Your fifth grader will:

  • discover the key processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition
  • learn about the layers of the earth and explore how plate movements form mountains and volcanos
  • collect and graph temperature to discover how heat energy transfers
  • compare light and heat output to understand the concept of energy efficiency
  • investigate the progressive decomposition of several organisms
  • analyze experiment results and draw conclusions
  • plan, illustrate, and build simple machines

Social Studies

Focus: World Geography – East Asia, Africa and Latin America
Your child will:

  • understand and apply the themes of geography (location, physical features and man-made features, human and environmental interaction) to the continents studied
  • consider major historical events and people of the areas studied
  • demonstrate an understanding of the way individuals, groups, societies and cultures address human needs and concerns
  • explain how components of culture can further global understanding or cause misunderstandings
  • further develop map/globe skills and research skills

Fitness Education

Your child will:

  • understand and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


Your child will:

  • sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • read and notate music
  • listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music


Your child will:

  • identify, describe and effectively use Elements of Art in their projects
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the Design Principles
  • know a variety of artists, art styles and art movements throughout history
  • know that art is created by all cultures
  • create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • demonstrate their understanding of skills and techniques necessary to produce specific projects
  • know specific art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Classroom Guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor. Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationship, decision making, protective behaviors, careers, and transitioning to the middle school. Skills taught will assist each child in his/her academic, emotional and social development. This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.