This year we will be using The Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing. The first trimester will focus on narrative writing, followed by information, then opinion. Mini-lessons, targeted small group instruction, and conferences will be key components as well as some peer editing. For each unit, we will teach the lessons simultaneously in two groups, which will switch each trimester. We will let you know who the writing point person is at the beginning of each unit.
Our class will be using The Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading. Like the writing workshop, there will be mini-lessons, small groups, and conferencing. Calkins calls reading aloud "the heart of the Reading Workshop." Our first read aloud is the book Wonder. Throughout the year, students will be taught strategies encouraging deeper interpretive understanding of complex stories. We will be using Fountas and Pinnell leveled reading libraries and texts. We will also integrate NewsELA, which provides online nonfiction reading materials.
Our class will study the development of the United States up to 1800. We begin the unit studying the states and their capitals. We will then move back in time and learn about how pre-Columbian peoples lived and expressed their cultures. Next, we will examine the Age of Exploration and the conflicts and cooperation between the explorers and Indian nations. By spring we will be into Colonial America and the American Revolutionary War. We will study the development and differences of the original thirteen colonies and the causes of the American Revolution. Finally, we discuss the significance of the U.S. Constitution.
We will be using Common Core aligned math lessons from the Pearson Investigations curriculum developed by TERC (investigations.terc.edu) and CGI (Cognitively Guided Instruction) lesson strategies. Students will be able to access assignments, activities, and lessons by logging in (information will be sent once we set it all up). Our class will also engage in number talks, 10- 15 minute classroom conversations that help build mathematical reasoning strengthen accuracy, and flexibility when solving problems.
We will be using the Next Generation Science Standards 5th Grade FOSS Science Curriculum and Mystery Science Lessons. Students in fifth grade will gain knowledge in physical science, life science, and earth science (Sun, Moon, Stars & Planets / Ecosystems & the Food Web / Chemical Reactions & Properties of Matter / Watery Cycle & Earth's Systems). Like our math program, students will have access to online components by logging in at the FOSS website. Information for logging in will be provided to students and families.