Fifth Grade Spanish

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Cultural Goals: To be aware of the importance and usefulness of learning Spanish as a second language. To begin to acknowledge the cultural diversity that exists among Spanish-speaking countries. Understand basic geography (where Spanish-speaking countries are located.) Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: Students will further develop their listening and verbal skills. They will expand their […]

Fifth Grade Physical Education

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Skills: Using appropriate sequence of movements for specific purposes; balancing and techniques to practice balancing; using sport-specific skills in games; participating in cooperative activities and contributing to positive group mentality; proper warm-up, cool down and stretching routines, calculating maximum and target heart rate. Concepts: Offense, defense, team mentality, understanding the benefits of physical activity, internal […]

Fifth Grade Music

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FOCUS: The fifth grade music program includes choral singing, playing instruments, and movement games. Studies include basic music theory. Explores the development of American Music. FOCUS EXAMPLES: African drumming, study of the Harlem Renaissance and contributions of African-Americans to the development of American Music. ROUTINES: Choral warm-ups, music notation, movement games, practice of performance material, […]

Fifth Grade Art

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Support for classroom curriculum with integrated activities. CONCEPTS: realism, abstraction, human proportion, light and shadow, pattern, use of line to show three dimensions, symbolism, radial symmetry, difference in art from a variety of cultures, graphic design, foreshortening, center of interest and balance. EXAMPLE PROJECTS: Gustav Klimt-inspired figure painting with emphasis on pattern, Romare Bearden-inspired mixed […]

Fifth Grade Science

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FOCUS: Science as the process of studying systems in order to help others; scientists as people that study systems in order to help others. CONCEPTS: What plants need to grow; engineering simple plant growth systems; photosynthesis; digital modeling; circuitry. SKILLS: Determining basic needs of plant systems; design plant growth systems for fictional space station; describe […]

Fifth Grade Social Studies

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FOCUS: Application of careful research and imagination to understand United States history; multiple perspectives, service learning at St. Gregory’s Food Pantry. CONCEPTS: Historical empathy; the story of the development of a nation; Native American cultures and geography; ongoing encounters between Native Americans and European-American colonists; United States slavery; the promises of the Declaration of Independence; […]

Fifth Grade Social Emotional Learning

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FOCUS: Kindness, community, and leadership. SKILLS: Use mindful speech and actions to promote joyful industry and social inclusivity in the learning community; negotiate personal interest and the interest of the group; listen to understand others’ perspectives; participate in individual and class initiatives to contribute to the community as leaders of the lower school. HIGHLIGHT: Weekly […]

Fifth Grade Mathematics

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CONCEPTS: Problem solving with very large and very small numbers, relative magnitudes of numbers, representation and manipulation of parts of a whole as decimal numbers, fractions, and percentages; measurement of plane and solid figures; data collection and presentation; estimation; synthesis and application of mathematical problem-solving skills in real-world situations. SKILLS: Multiply and divide with large […]

Fifth Grade Language Arts

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READING FOCUS: Reader’s Workshop framework for delving deeply and comprehending diverse informational, historical, and fantasy texts. READING SKILLS: Independently apply reading strategies; develop vocabulary through wide reading; analyze and interpret fiction and nonfiction; respond creatively to show understanding of text; select literary forms and genres for appropriate purpose, including research. WRITING FOCUS: Short stories; expository […]