The best part of 5th grade is that through the generosity of our parents, our classroom (and all grades K-8) has an interactive smartboard! My class loves using it to learn. Fifth grade also has Learner Response Systems (some call them “clickers”) which are used to enhance our learning – it’s very up-to-date technology and we are fortunate to be able to have it.
Religion: The main focus in Religion is on Jesus’ life and the Sacraments. We also study the liturgy and prayers and learn from Mary and the Saints how to live lives of faith.
Literature and Vocab: The focus in Literature and Vocab is comprehension, vocabulary, and reading fluency. We analyze narratives, such as the novel Holes, learn the difference between fact and opinion, cause, and effect, and word relationships. We also learn about the author’s purpose and perspective. The vocabulary is included in the materials that we read.
Language Arts (Writing and Grammar): We focus on grammar (parts of speech) and writing effective sentences and paragraphs. The grammar exercises come from the “Voyages in English” workbook. The students also have weekly spelling words. We do several types of writing, including personal narratives, opinion pieces, research, how-to, formal and informal letters, and short stories.
Social Studies: We learn about American history from the early colonies through the Constitution, the 50 states, map skills, and citizenship. This includes a unit on geography and comprehending and comparing.
Science: 5th grade is about living things and how they adapt to their surroundings; ecology, the earth – its resources and climate; astronomy. We also learn about life science including learning about living things, reproduction, adaptations, and ecology.
Our fifth graders are 1:1 with technology and each student has their own Google Chromebook. Throughout each school week, they use it to conduct research, practice note-taking skills, and create presentations that allow them to combine their writing and oral presentation skills with a creative technology component. We reinforce digital citizenship through student collaboration on projects, and they use the Google Classroom to allow for effective communication on mini projects and class assignments.
We are learning to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs to:
• Generate ideas and create original works using a variety of digital tools
• Locate and organize information
• Practice personal safety and ethical behavior
• Use a variety of hardware to support learning
• Select and use common and online applications
Enrichment: Students attend weekly enrichment classes for library, music, art, and PE.