Reading - Balanced Literacy Approach
Readers Workshop is a way of structuring the reading block so that every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while we provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.
Writer’s Workshop is a scheduled block of time in which students are provided opportunities to write. It encompasses focused writing-both assigned and self selected-in a variety of genres and content areas. The purpose of Writer’s Workshop is to create efficient and effective student writers, each one with a distinct voice and style. In addition, students will develop vocabulary knowledge in an authentic way, while gaining confidence in themselves as writers. Students learn to value the writing process and understand the benefits of being able to express their thoughts in writing.
Students choose books appropriate to their reading level. After reading the book, a child can take a quiz on the computer based on the book they have read. Immediate feedback is provided on their score. The monthly goal is four points per month with an end of the year goal being 35 points. The comprehension score must be a minimum of 80%.
Previously referred to as spelling, word study not only teaches children to spell but also focuses on phonics and vocabulary. A separate letter was sent home at the beginning of the school year explaining the nightly homework routine.
Everyday Math continues in grade five and builds on what students have learned in prior grades. All of what we focus on will help students further develop a number sense understanding. They will use number concepts and a variety of algorithms, or operations, to represent information and solve problems. Graphing will also be taught so that students know how to build and read graphs. Students will apply concepts of chance and data to evaluate and interpret information and solve problems in a familiar context.
Our three major units of study for Science are: Pond Life, Erosion, and Rocks and Minerals. In early September, we will be journeying to River Bend Nature Center in conjunction with our Pond Life Unit. Our other major RBNC trip will be in the spring while we study Terrestrial Ecosystems and River Change. To wrap up the year, we will focus our studies on Rocks and Minerals.
We are excited to continue the use of the History Alive curriculum. Through the use of the History Alive program, students will actively engage in learning about Geography, Native Americans, European Exploration, Colonial Life and the American Revolution.
The program provides learning experiences in the following areas: Self-Esteem, Mental Health, Personal and Consumer Health, Nutrition, Drug Education, the Endocrine System and Adolescent Development.
2012-2013 Caring & Capable Theme:
Keys to Character Unlock the Future
September – Value Others
October – Self-Awareness
November – Being Grateful
December – Caring
January – Courage
February – Making Good Choices
March – Perseverance
April – Self Control
May - Value Achievement