5th Grade Curriculum Night 5th Grade Schedule • 7:55am – 8:30am Morning Work • 8:30am – 9:15am Science/Social Studies *Change classes to Reading and Math classes • 9:15 am – 12:00 pm Reading/Math Block *Change classes and return to Science class • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Writing/Spelling/Vocabulary • 12:40 pm – 1:35 pm 5th grade Lunch • 12:35 pm – 1:35 pm Recess • 1:35 pm – 2:20 pm Encore – 5 day rotation • 2:25pm Dismissal *Students will be dismissed from Encore class. Social Studies The student will know: • How European explorers and American Indian groups interacted with each other. • How European explorers and American Indian groups perceived each other. • How daily life in the colonies varied based upon the cultural background of the inhabitants. • How and why the political and economic structure among the colonies varied. • Social issues that were a source of conflict and how those issues impacted the development of the United States through Reconstruction. • Economics issues that were a source of conflict and how those issues impacted the development of the United States through Reconstruction. Reading • Common Core in a nut shell • Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language. • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational • Building knowledge through contentrich nonfiction Reading • The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. • • • • Reading Fifth grade students are required to quote accurately from the text to support their answers. “Quote accurately” may include using their own words. Determining a theme continues to be a focus and students should be giving more thought to characters‟ actions in a text. They are required to refer to specific details in the text when finding the similarities and differences between two or more characters, settings, or events. Students will continue to tell the meaning of words and phrases in a text and focus on figurative language. Students should tell how chapters, scenes, or stanzas in a series fit into the overall structure of a story, drama, or poem. The students must continue identifying the narrator's point of view and also explain how it impacts the events in the text. Fifth grade students must examine what is heard and/or viewed to gain an appreciation and understanding of the text. Students will find similarities and differences in themes and topics when reading stories of the same genre. Fifth grade students are capable of reading and understanding a variety of literature at the higher end of grades 4-5 independently. Writing and Language Arts • There will be opportunities for writing across the curriculum (Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies) • During the scheduled writing time each day students will receive direct writing instruction based on the Common Core Standards - ELA Writing Strand including quarterly writing pieces (opinion, explanatory and narrative) • Students will learn conventions and Latin/Greek root spelling and vocabulary terms based on Common Core Standards - ELA Language Strand Science • From NC Essential Standards for 5th Grade • Science is tested in 5th grade • Units Covered include: – Earth Systems (Weather) – Genetics – Ecosystems – Energy Conservation and Transfer – Matter, Properties and Change – Forces and Motion – Structures and Functions of Living Things (Body Systems) Math • First Quarter Math Clarifications (handout) • Looking ahead: 2nd Quarter will be mostly building upon the decimals and volume units Testing – Local • Quarter Tests will be administered 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters. The students will be assessed in Science (laptops), Math (calculator active and inactive) and Reading. These results are used to inform instruction and gauge your child’s progress on mastery of the quarterly expectations. These scores are not included in report card grades. • 1st Quarter Testing: October 27-29 • Fifth Graders will also be assessed in Writing. – First Quarter: Narrative – Second Quarter: Persuasive – Third Quarter: Informational Testing - State • End of Grade Tests include: Science (laptops), Math (calculator active and inactive) and Reading. These assessments measure proficiency and growth and will be administered over a period of 3 days. These tests assess proficiency of all the fifth grade standards in Science (75 items), Math (54 items) and Reading (52 items). • More information about EOG testing can be found on www.ncpublicschools.org under Testing or Accountability. Family Life • Healthful Living: Analyze the changes and influences that occur during puberty and adolescence. – This instruction is typically later in the year. – The classes are separated by gender for all components. – Parents will receive a notice to preview the materials prior to instruction. • Officer Sara Allen will also be with us again this year for the WSPD SuperKids program. Field Trips • We do NOT have specific dates finalized yet • Heritage Theater (Oct.) • Mary Starling (March) • Camp Acorns (extended day) more info to come (April) • Bowling (June) Misc • Middle School Information Night will be January 8th (more Info. To come) • Middle School Visits will only be approved during a set time period which will be announced later in the year Questions???