Fifth Grade

List of 11 items.

  • Reading & Literature

    • Develop comprehension through oral and written responses to novels and non-fiction
    • Develop critical thinking skills: make inferences, discuss themes, and analyze personal voice, point-of-view, and author purpose
    • Read and discuss novels, short stories, nonfiction, expository writing, and poetry
    • Read media for literal text and sub-text
    • Participate in thematic novel studies
    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Write organized summaries and paragraphs relating literary events to personal experiences, other texts, and the world
    • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
    • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
    • Practice grammar and spelling rules
    • Develop research skills: taking notes and long-term writing assignments
    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly
    • Publish and present writing
    • Study vocabulary using Classical Roots
  • Social Studies

    • Analyze primary and secondary sources
    • African American Civil Rights movement
    • European Resistance movement during World War II
    • Activist movements throughout history
  • Mathematics

    • Increasing facility with four basic arithmetic operations applied to whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
    • Measure of 2-D and 3-D shapes
    • Identifying polygons
    • Round and estimate whole numbers and decimals
    • Understand relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents
    • Developing problem-solving strategies
    • Collecting, organizing, and displaying data
  • Science

    • Climate Age
    • Patterns of Earth and Sky
    • Develop facility with scientific method
    • Brainology: develop an understanding of how the brain functions and of one’s own learning
    • Pollinator Posse garden project Redwood ecology
  • Spanish

    Students will
    • Share about themselves and learn about peers using high frequency words
    • Participate in class reading of class novel Tumba and related comprehension and extension activities
    • Expand understanding of culture through the study of geography and peoples of Spanish Speaking countries
    • Develop listening and speaking skills
    • Experiment with writing in Spanish through comprehension activities and “Timed Free Writes”
    Students will be exposed to:
    • The “súper siete” - the seven most frequently used verbs in Spanish Subject pronouns (yo, tú, él/ella/elle, usted, nosotros, ellos/ellas/elles)
    • Articles (el/la/los/las)
    • Spelling patterns
  • STEAM/Technology

    • Digital Citizenship: information privacy, cyberbullying, copyright, plagiarism
    • Google Applications: Drive, Docs, Slides, etc.
    • Adobe Voice
  • Visual Arts

    • Drawing: light/shade value studies
    • Clay
    • Mixed media collages: Romare Bearden
    • Foreshortening
    • Paint mixing
    • Monochromatic painting
    • Flower rangolis
    • Gee's Bend quilts
    • 3D artwork
  • Music

    • Fourth and fifth grade choir
    • American folk and popular songs
    • Caribbean folk and popular songs
    • Blues and pre-blues music
    • Intermediate North Indian classical singing
    • Touch stroke and heel-toe techniques on conga drums
    • Scales and arpeggios in solfege
    • Introduction to band for instrumentalists
    • Introduction to Irish music
  • Physical Education

    • Developing specialized movement skills related to team sports
    • Participating daily in a health-enhancing physical activity
    • Understanding the relationship between body type and movement skills
  • Community Engaged Learning

    • Pollinator Posse: grow habitat and care for monarch caterpillars and butterflies with first grade buddies
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610