Students will study place value, analyze numerical expressions, perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths, add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. They will also convert measurements, interpret data, work with volume and coordinate graphing and classify two dimensional figures. This course uses Everyday Mathematics which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for fifth grade.
Guided by the National Standards for English Language Arts and the Common Core Standards, our fifth grade language arts program teaches students to live and learn inside words so they can think, listen, speak, read and write about their content knowledge. Fifth grade students are asked to start analyzing themes and symbols through looking deeper into the characters and literary elements. The fifth grade writing program teaches students about organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation; through the writing process of prewriting, drafting and revising. Students also develop skills with many different forms of writing such as narrative, persuasive, historical research, and memoir. Teacher-provided literature facilitates cross-curricular connections which inspire observation and original thought expressed through discussions and reflective writing. Fifth grade readers will study a wide range of literature from various genres to comprehend, appreciate, analyze and evaluate text. Examples include books such as Home of the Brave, Hatchet, and The Cay to name a few. Fifth graders will learn organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation through the writing process of prewriting, drafting and revising as well as developing skills with narrative craft, research, essay to memoir and research based on argument essay.
In Fifth Grade we use adaptations of The Neuhaus Education Center’s Scientific Spelling and Reading Concepts programs. With this curriculum, students engage in lessons which address the Five Essential Components of Reading: Phonology, Phomenic Awareness, Reading Fluency and Oral Reading Skills, Vocabulary Development, and Reading Comprehension.
In fifth grade general science, students use hands-on investigations to explore the physical, natural, and living environments in the world. Students learn to make observations, collect and analyze data, and work with lab equipment. The fifth grade science curriculum provides the foundation of inquiry-based learning and is built on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and STEMScopes, a research-based curriculum program developed by Rice University. Through engaging, exploring, explaining, elaborating, and evaluating, students become collaborating scientists with interactive-based learning, technology, and virtual labs.
In fifth grade Social Studies, we get a broad overview of American History from the lost colony of Roanoke to present day events. We work both independently and collaboratively through projects. Students also create an interactive timeline of historical events throughout American history which includes primary sources.
Our middle school students make deep connections to our global society through their exposure to the Spanish language. Spanish is incorporated in cross-curricular activities and practical life situations. Middle school students are provided with the tools to become successful foreign language learners.
Guided by the National Standards for Foreign Language, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, all grade levels integrate the five C’s into learning a language:
Our middle school foreign language program also incorporates an awareness of languages, their cultures, traditions and heritage. Middle school students learn to talk about daily experiences and life skills, as well as communicate effectively in a variety of situations: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communications. Middle school students develop their understanding of the language to become proficient and fluent. Students focus on the following areas:
- Culture, Traditions, and Heritage
- Proficiency and Fluency
- Grammar and Writing
Our students also participate in a Spanish reading buddy program where older students read to younger students. We also offer a variety of on-line resources that allow students to move forward at their own speed to practice and develop language and build vocabulary skills.
- In addition to the classes listed above, our Middle School students participate in guidance counseling classes with our counselor. In these weekly classes, our counselor and students discuss issues such as internet safety, friendships, empathy, and other topics that pertain directly to social skills and their social-emotional development. The class utilizes a variety of activities including journal writing, team work games, and large and small group discussions.
- We engage students in discovery through our project-based, student-oriented learning environment.
- We focus on integrating science, technology, engineering and math throughout our curriculum. Students develop skills in observation, experimentation, research and development, as well as problem-solving and communication.
- Students acquire in our literature-rich environment knowledge of a variety of literary genres that provide a global awareness and ethnic appreciation.
- We provide fine arts, computer/technology, library, foreign language, physical education/health, Outdoor Classroom (environmental education), and peacemaking to further enhance and enrich student learning.
- We offer student led assemblies, student-produced programs, off-campus field trips, and a myriad of special events that complement the students' academic and social experiences.
All students benefit from our value-based learning and character education.