Math

  • In 5th grade our focus this year is on adding and subtracting fractions and decimals, multi-digit division, and 2- and 3-D surface area and volume.

    For Grade 5 support click here.

    5th Grade Math Homework

    The only homework students will be responsible for is unfinished class work. You're welcome ;-)

Reading

  • Reading at Home
    Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a night. This is important and let me tell you why . . . or better yet let's look at it mathematically:

    Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every week;
    Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

    Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
    Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins/week
    Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 mins/week

    Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
    Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
    Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

    Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months (school year)
    Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
    Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

    Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days.
    Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

    One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

    Some questions to ponder:
    Which student would you expect to read better?     Which student would you expect to know more?     Which student would you expect to write better?    Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?   

    Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?

    Novel Studies
    We will do novel studies throughout the year. This will give us the opportunity to sharpen and fine tune our reading strategies. Be sure to ask your student what we are currently reading. I strive to pick engaging and thoughtful books for this study.

    We are currently reading:

     Stay Tuned!  

    We finished reading and loved:

    Stay tuned!

      Homework

    Students are encouraged to read regularly at home. I don't request any kind of reading log. It's just a good thing to do. Read. Kids -- you'll thank me. 

Science

  • Our science curriculum this year is:

        Variables and the Scientific Process 

        Chemical Magic

        Waves of Sound 

        Watery Planet

        Birth of Rocks

       Food Webs

    We also get lessons from our friends at Ecology in the Classroom and Outdoors

Social Studies

  • Our Social Studies curriculum this year includes:

        United States Geography

        Explorers

        13 Colonies

        American Revolution