American History: Native American Tribe Study and colonization leading up to Declaration of Independence and The American Revolution.
Daily Geography: Map reading and US geography
Mystery Man: The students are given a clue each day to research about a famous person that influenced American History. The result of the research is presented to class at the end of the week.
Grammar and Writing
Spelling and Vocabulary
Novel Reading (A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements, Guests by Michael Dorris, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, Ben and Me by Robert Lawson, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko)
Math instruction concentrates on the rigorous Common Core Standards through a concrete, pictorial, abstract teaching method. Fifth grade students:
Develop algebraic thinking while writing and solving operations and analyzing patterns and relationships
Apply and extend number operations in base ten using both whole multi-digits and decimals
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions
Perform measurement conversions, data analysis, and volume calculations
Graph on a coordinate plane and classify geometric figures
Science instruction utilizes an inquiry-based method of discovery. Fifth grade students:
Explore the structure and properties of matter
Explain the relationship between matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems
Develop and use models to explore and explain Earth’s surface systems
Understand how light travels through space and how shadow are
Recognize gravity’s role in the creation and movement of the solar system and galaxy
Design and conduct scientific investigations utilizing appropriate scientific tools and process skills
Spanish, Art, and P.E. – 1 hour each week
Religion and Science Lab – 45 minutes each week
Music and Library – 30 minutes each week
Starbase Atlantis, Gulfport, Mississippi – This Department of Defense program is designed to immerse the students in a week long, hands-on science experience.
Deer Island Trip for marine debris education (Courtesy of Marine Education Center)
Camp McDowell Environmentar Center, Nauvoo, Alabama. This trip takes place in September and focuses on team building skills and environmental studies while hiking and canoeing and camping in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.