Journeys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Daily lessons are delivered in accordance with the Diocese of Venice curriculum guide. The writing process is also used to practice and improve language skills. Students write about a variety of genres throughout the school year which are directly connected with the mini-lessons taught from this reading series.
Fifth grade students learn and practice grammar, usage, and mechanics skills including: sentence structure, parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs), capitalization and punctuation. Students also learn vocabulary-building tools which include: synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, and suffixes.
The writing process includes: writing narratives, descriptive, expository, research, and writing to persuade. Most forms of writing begin with brainstorming and planning. Students are guided through the planning process by creating structured maps to take their thoughts and develop a detailed organization plan. Students will then move onto the first draft, proof reading, detail suggestions and the final copy. Students type the final copy on their iPad using Microsoft Word.
The fifth-grade students will strengthen their reading skills through the following: independent and class reading of the text selections, whole group and small group discussions, introduction and use of vocabulary words, and comprehension building strategies. The story selections used in this reading series offers many opportunities for students to make connections with their work across the curriculum.
Students will be able to develop and improve reading comprehension by: applying research skills, utilizing context clues, sequencing events, identifying main idea and authors’ purpose, and drawing conclusions. They will be able to make predictions about text, self-question what they have read, dig deeper with meaning by writing reflections. Students will use reference materials, including the use of technology, to build vocabulary as well as knowledge of synonyms and antonyms, classification, structure and comparison.
Go Math! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The students will learn Math through practice of concepts taught in daily lessons, the use of manipulatives, real world experiences and multi-media technology. The iPad is incorporated into the learning process because each lesson has an online component through ThinkCentral. Students are able to integrate technology by viewing the individual lessons on their iPad. These lessons have questions in which the students may interact and complete step-by-step.
The 5th grade students will learn the following: place value of whole numbers and decimals, the addition, subtraction and multiplication of whole numbers, division of one-digit and two-digit numbers, all four mathematical operations of fractions and decimals, geometry and measurement, ratios, proportions, percent, and probability.