Fifth Grade




Fifth graders demonstrate a wide range of reading comprehension skills and use text to support their thinking. Through both Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop they analyze and compare styles of writing and incorporate literary components into their own writing. They follow the entire Writing Process and complete many different writing pieces including essays and responding to text in writing. They practice research skills and application of technology to collect, interpret and share new information. Units of Reading include: Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Theme; Tackling Complexity: Moving up Levels of Nonfiction; Argument & Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues; and Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols.

Narrative: Realistic Fiction, Legends, Poetry, Journals

Expository: Current Events, Historical Texts, Informational Texts, 5-Paragraph Essay, Reports

Persuasive: Essays, Letters, Reviews



In Fifth Grade, instructional time will focus on three main areas: (1) developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions, (2) extending division to 2 digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.



Life Science: Ecosystems and Biomes

Physical Science: Chemistry (scientific method and engineering design), Scientific Mysteries

Earth Science: Conservation: Week at IslandWood

Sustainability & Stewardship: Maintain Food Garden, Adopt a Local Green Space


Social Studies

Early U.S. History (including colonial life), Early Government

Elections Today

Liter Leaders: Change Makers in Our World

Take a Stand! Research and Advocacy

Mapping & Research Skills

Current Events