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Grade 5 Curriculum

5th Grade Curriculum Resources

Reading The Reading program is literature based, starting with the core program Junior Great Books. This is supplemented with readings containing a more conventional comprehension check, as found in such materials as High Interest Reading. Materials used include:

  • Junior Great Books - The Great Books Foundation
  • Open Court Reading & Assessments – Level 5
  • Hourcourt Reader - (supplemental)
  • Poppy - Avi
  • Poppy and Rye - Avi
  • Ragweed - Avi
  • Summer of the Swans - Betsy Bryar
  • Julie and the Wolves - Jean Craighead-George
  • BFG - Roald Dahl
  • Sees Behind Trees - Michael Dorris
  • Winter Eyes - Florian
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods - Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Number the Stars - Lois Lowery
  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor
  • Escape From Slavery - Doreen Rappaport
  • Witch Child - Celia Reese
  • Sorceress - Celia Reese
  • Steal Away Home - Lois Ruby
  • The Midwife's Apprentice -
  • Holes - Louis Sachar
  • Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare
  • Knots in My Yo-Yo String - Jerry Spinelli
  • Loser - Jerry Spinelli
  • Maniac McGee - Jerry Spinelli
  • Wringer - Jerry Spinelli
  • Last Left Standing - Barbara Timberlake
  • Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
  • Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Math Math concepts are introduced as suggested by Everyday Mathematics and in accordance with the Sunshine State Standards. Whenever possible, a “hands-on” approach is applied. Materials used include:

  • Everyday Mathematics - McGraw-Hill
  • Mathland - Creative Publications (supplemental)

Spelling The Spelling curriculum is structured around a phonetic approach as outlined in Silver Burdett. Furthermore, an individualized spelling instruction is given through routine checks of the child’s daily journal writing. Materials used include:

  • Spelling - Silver Burdett

Writing The Writing program contains daily practice in language mechanics and grammar accompanied by independent writing assignments. Materials used include:

  • Spelling - Silver Burdett
  • Caught 'Ya Again - Jane Bell Kiester
  • Writer's Express - Great Source Education Group
  • Writing Strands - National Writing Institute
  • Creating Worlds - Creswell
  • Learning Centers - The Education Center, Inc.
  • Poem-Making - Myra Cohn Livingstone
  • Teaching Children to Write Poetry - Kenneth Koch
  • Zaner-Bloser - Strategies (Conventions and Skills)

Social Studies Social Studies is taught in units chosen so as to cover the requirements of the Sunshine State Standards. Art, Language Arts and Reading are integrated into the units whenever appropriate. Materials used include:

  • History Alive! - Teacher's Curriculum Institute
  • The United States Its History and Neighbors - Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • Florida - Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • The Thirteen Colonies - Gail Sakuri
  • Making Thirteen Colonies - Joy Hakim
  • Colonial America - Teacher Created Materials
  • Colonial American Craftsmen - L.E. Fisher
  • Home Crafts - Bobbie Kalman
  • Tools and Gadgets - Bobbie Kalman
  • If You Lived In Colonial Times - Ann McGovern
  • Revolutionary War - Teacher Created Materials
  • Crossing the Delaware - Louise Peacock
  • Atlas of Exploration - Scholastic
  • World History - Ken Hills
  • Teaching American History with Art Masterpieces - Scholastic
  • Take a Stand! - Daniel Weizman
  • The Aztecs, Ancient Mexico - T. Wood
  • How would you survive as an Aztec? - F. McDonald
  • Aztecs and Incas - Nicholson
  • What the Aztecs Told Me - Burr, Libura, Urrutia
  • Growing up in Aztec Times - Wood
  • The Aztecs - Hicks
  • The Aztec Empire - Stein
  • Broken Shields - Burr, Libura, Urrutia
  • Lost Temple of the Aztecs - Tanaka
  • The Aztec Indians - Sherrow
  • Montezuma and the Fall of the Aztecs - Kimmel
  • Aztecs - Kids Discover
  • Explorers of the World: Cortes and Pizarro

Map Skills Map skills are incorporated into all aspects of the social Studies Curriculum. Materials used include:

  • Our American Heritage: Map Study Skills - A Beza Book

Science Science, like Social Studies, is taught in units. The themes of the units have been chosen to ensure coverage of the Sunshine State Standards, and follows the sequencing suggested by Harcourt. Materials used include:

  • Harcourt Science - Harcourt School Publishers
  • The Human Body - Vriesenga
  • How your Body Works - Moore / Science Works for Kids Series

Health Health is incorporated into the Science curriculum. Materials used include:

  • The Human Body - Vriesenga
  • How your Body Works - Moore / Science Works for Kids Series
  • Comprehensive School Health Education - Linda Meeks, Phillip Heit, Randy Page

Art Art is taught as a separate entity, and includes art history, art critique, and exploration of materials and techniques. In addition, it is taught as an integral part of the Science and Social Studies units when appropriate. Materials used include:

  • SRA Art Curriculum
  • Discover Art l and ll - Laura H. Chapman
  • Drawing with Children - Mona Brooks
  • Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
  • Emphasis: Art A Qualitative Art Program for the Elementary School - Wachwiak
  • How to Teach Art to Children - Evans and Moore
  • Masterpiece of the Month - Teacher Created Materials