In science, students will be starting with their Life Science unit. "The Biosphere; Ecosystems, Energy and Interactions of Life on Earth" is centered on the passage of energy and matter through the Biosphere. Students learn how the Sun’s energy is captured by plants, through photosynthesis, providing the main source of energy for all forms of life on earth. Energy and matter are then passed, through a variety of food chains and food webs, between organisms with specific “roles” in any ecosystem. Students will be able to identify the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers in the Biosphere.
In Unit 2, entitled “Revolution and the New Government”, students will be introduced to the causes and effects of the American Revolutionary War as well as the early battles. Students will also learn about the founding document of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.
The 5th grade uses Everyday Math 4
The 5th grade uses Everyday Math as their math program. In unit 3: Fractions Concepts, Addition, and Subtraction, students will build on fraction concepts from previous grades to understand fractions as division. Students will use visual models to make estimates, add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers, and check the reasonableness of their answers. In addition, the class will also explore strategies for solving fraction-of problems.
Students participate in Reader's Workshop. Students choose books to independently read on their level. Teachers focus on teaching comprehension strategies and conferencing individually with students as they learn.
The Writing Workshop model is an interdisciplinary technique which build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. Students will work on narrative and expository writing.
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