Fifth Grade Faculty
Text: Treasures The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2011
Primary units: Short stories; Novel studies (Historical Fiction); Non-Fiction; Drama; Fairy Tales; Folk Tales; Poetry; Science Fiction; Book Clubs.
Skills taught: main ideas/details; drawing conclusions; inferred meaning; critical thinking; author purpose; writing styles; vocabulary; listening (comprehension and retention); characters; setting; problem/solution; elements of poetry; theme; compare/contrast; summarizing; outlining; public speaking.
Teaching methods and resources used: Accelerated Reader Program; Basal Reader; Novel Studies; Collaborative Book Clubs; Public Poetry Readings.
Text: Harcourt Brace Language
Primary units: Sentences; Nouns; Verbs; Pronouns; Adjectives; Adverbs; Prepositions
Skills taught: poetry; creative writing; paragraph structure; 6+1 Traits of Writing; figurative language.
Teaching methods and resources used: Daily Language Review; lecture; class discussion; teacher generated materials; peer reveiws.
Text: Vocabulary in Action
Skills taught: alphabetizing; sentence writing; vocabulary development; use of context clues; pronunciation; prefixes; suffixes; synonyms; antonyms.
Teaching methods and resources used: Spelling Bees; daily homework; spelling games and tests
Text: Saxon Mathematics
Text: The United States: Making a New Nation
Primary units: First Americans; Indian cultures of North America; Age of European Exploration; New World empires; Colonial America; The American Revolution; New nation and government; Westward exploration and settlement; Slavery; Civil War; and Reconstruction.
Skills taught: current events; elections; citizenship and leadership; economic theory; maps; time-lines; graph and chart skills; geography and climate of North America; identifying cause and effect; classification of information; utilization and evaluation of reference materials; predicting outcomes; decision making; writing as a fundamental mode of learning; discussion as a mode of learning.
Teaching methods and resources used: lecture; class discussion; assignments from text; group projects, peer tutoring; tests; research reports; field trips; videos; music tapes; art projects; maps; charts; bulletin boards; newspapers and periodicals; computer resources; geography games; teacher generated materials
Text: MacMillan McGraw Hill Science 2005
Primary units: Properties of Matter and Energy and the different forms; Newton’s Laws of Motion; Laws of Gravity; Travel of Sound Waves and Light Energy; Earth’s Resources; Forces that contribute to Weathering and Erosion; Rock and Land Form Formation; Exploration of Oceans and other Bodies of Water; Characteristics and Classifications of Living Things; Interactions of Living Things in the Environment; Earth’s Biomes.
Skills taught: scientific process; interpreting data; observing; recognizing relationships; predicting outcomes; cooperative learning; classifying information; use of resource materials; identifying cause and effects; use of lenses; microscopes; periodic tables; and scales
Teaching methods and resources used: lecture; experiments; class discussion; projects; peer tutoring; science activities; field trips; guest speakers; videos; games; research; teacher generated tests; quizzes; chart/graphs; computer resources; supplementary text worksheets
Text: Faith First Legacy Edition. RCL Benziger 2010.
Primary units: We Believe - Faith, Mystery, Scripture; We Worship - Liturgy, Church Sacraments; We Live - Christianity, Beatitudes; We Pray - Prayer.