Welcome to Grade 5! It is a fun and exciting year for Academy students.
We strive to continue working on mathematical fluency, and spend at least 60 minutes daily working in the new Investigations Curriculum. We study everything from fractions, to geometry, to multiplication and division. Fifth graders are expected to know their multiplication tables fluently. There is a lot of hands on math in this curriculum, and students learn to look deeply into mathematical concepts they are presented with.
We have a full ninety minutes of literacy everyday, which includes many things. Some to expect are word work, shared or guided reading groups, read aloud, and silent independent reading. Fifth graders have the
opportunity to work with Academic Support Teacher Lynda Boyle. We read some wonderful books together in class, as well as in book groups, and have some really great discussions about what we read.
Fifth graders at Academy work on many different writing skills to improve on their overall writing. Grammar, punctuation and mechanics are all taught and practiced. We write two process pieces; a report and a persuasive piece. We spend time working on responses to literature, personal narratives, and constructed responses as well.
Themes for our Social Studies and Science Studies include: 50 States, Solar System, World Cultures, Forms of Energy, Exploration, Colonial America and Revolutionary War, Endocrine System and Ecosystems.
Outside of academics, fifth graders work on being a kind, positive and empathetic member of our classroom, school and greater community. This helps us to work together better, learn more, and have more fun while at school. We work hard in fifth grade, but also have a lot of fun in our learning!