This year's curriculum will include an inquiry-based approach to instruction. The three main units of study are:
Ecology- ecosystems, conservation, habitats, niches
Earth Science- geology, landforms, weathering
Space- exploration, constellations, solar systems, galaxies, properties of the universe
Math: see secondary page
The workshop model is used to guide students through various genres at their "just right" level. Reading strategies and language skills will be emphasized throughout.
The workshop method is used to instruct a variety of units of study (personal narrative, theses writing, memoir, etc.) as well as grammar. Students journal in their "writer's notebook" and then learn to take their "seed stories" from draft form to a published document. With this instruction method, students are working as true authors.
Fifth graders have many opportunities, both formal and informal, to practice their oral speaking skills.