In ELA class, we teach spelling, reading, writing, grammar, and reinforce phonics. Our curriculum is constantly evolving, and we provide students with rich literary experiences, utilizing a variety of sources, with a more recent focus on reading and understanding non-fiction. We cannot stress enough the importance of students reading at home for approximately 20-30 minutes every day (this is daily homework in addition to Math, Science, and Social Studies). Please monitor their reading, and ask them questions about their books. Show an interest in what they are reading, and they will be more inclined to take an interest in reading themselves. There is a three-day NY state assessment students are required to take in this academic area.
The Math curriculum is most certainly continuously evolving. There is a focus on quality of instruction, rather than the quantity of it. In other words, students receive instruction on fewer math concepts, but are expected to have a much deeper understanding of the content. Our math series “Go Math” is still in its infancy, but is aligned with the shifts in math instruction being required by New York State. There is a three-day NY state assessment students are required to take in this academic area as well. Please help your child the best you can with their homework, but if you do not understand something, that’s ok! Please remind them they have a Math Guide Book which has all the examples from class in it, so we will be with you all the time. There is a Math Guide Book pdf file attached to view.
Our Science curriculum covers a number of interesting topics throughout the year. We begin with a unit called Processes That Change the Earth and it covers Changes to Earth's Surface and Rocks and Minerals. The next unit is Building Blocks of Matter with covers Matter and Its Properties. The third unit is Energy and Motion which covers Forces, Motion, and Forms of Energy. Our fourth unit is Living Systems which covers Cells to Body Systems. We finish the year with a week long Growing Up Unit which covers some of the changes our fifth graders might be going through.
Our Social Studies program is an extension of the 4th grade curriculum. We start the year by learning about Geography and then move on to a review of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. After the American Revolution we see how our great country continued to expand out west and we conclude the by learning about the Civil War. The students will go into more detail about the Civil War and more recent history in 7th and 8th grades. We try to enhance the units by reading chapter books that bring the history to life.