Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: PDE Art StandardsUnits of Study:Unit 1: Objects Deconstruct into ShapeUnit 2: Positive and Negative SpaceUnit 3: Alternative Media-Physical TextureUnit 4: Clay-Coil Pot or PlateUnit 5: Printmaking-Repetitive PrintUnit 6: ColorUnit 7: Value-Shades and TintsCurriculum-Based Assessments: Formative Sketches and Discussions & Unit Project AssessmentsDescription of Course:Grade 5 art is aligned to the PDE art standards. The art program offers a planned curriculum in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, crafts, and sculpture. Grade 5 furthers the identification and usage of shape by deconstructing complex designs into basic geometric and organic shapes. They will advance their clay-making skills from grade 4 to hand-build a sculpture in the round. Grade 5 will emphasize the visual and physical design element of texture in printmaking and color creations. They will develop vocabulary and craftsmanship through project-based learning. Students have opportunities for visual self-expression using a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Students rotate between multiple unique art classrooms through the school year to provide diverse opportunities. The goal of the Art program is to enable students to explore different types of Art media and spark a lifelong interest in Art.Course Title: Keyboarding II - Grade 5 Department: Business/Technical EducationGrade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: Meeting once per 5 days rotation for 45 minutes each for a total of only 36 class meetings per yearLength of Course: YearPrimary Resources: Microtype Software; curriculum provided by guidance department; Teacher created handouts and lessons organized in curriculum binder; Microsoft Word 2013Units of Study:Unit 1: Keyboarding 1Unit 2: Internet SafetyCurriculum-Based Assessments: Build skill assessments & Project-based assignmentsStandardized Assessments: NADescription of Course:This course builds upon skills learned in grade 4 where touch-typing helps to develop fluency and increase accuracy and speed, GWAM (Gross Words A Minute). Students show growth in the ability to key effectively without looking at the keyboard and develop this lifelong skill. The students revisit drill and practice for refreshing alpha reaches to authenticate accurate use. Numeric reaches are introduced to students meeting alpha GWAM goals. Additionally, this course focuses on mastering basic word processing skills. The students learn that word processing skills offer versatility and flexibility to support any kind of instruction or activity in school and that word processing saves time, enhances document appearance, and allows sharing and collaboration of documents. Digital Citizenship in grade 5 expresses that interactions and activities online are not anonymous.Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 75 minutes/day Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: Reading Wonders, McGraw-HillUnits of Study:Unit 1: Word StudyUnit 2: ReadingUnit 3: WritingUnit 4: GrammarUnit 5: Speaking/ListeningCurriculum-Based Assessments: Unit/Weekly assessments, skills-based quizzes, process writing, response writing (text-dependent analysis)Standardized Assessments: STAR 360, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)Description of Course:In this course, students learn through a variety of differentiated methods to apply the skills and strategies necessary for reading comprehension, such as close reading for deeper understanding. When analyzing fiction and nonfiction text, students will be able to identify key literary elements, text features, and structure in order to comprehend grade-level materials. Throughout the course of this class, students will engage in responding to texts through a variety of learning activities such as evidence-based written responses, classroom discussions, and small group activities. Students will write an opinion, informative, and narrative essays with a focus on purpose, content development, style, and organization, as well as conventions. Students will be engaged in word study to expand their vocabulary. Grammar instruction includes sentence structure and parts of speech. Both grammar and vocabulary will be embedded in the writing instruction. Speaking and listening skills are practiced through collaboration, discussion, class participation, and oral presentations. Grade 5 English Language Arts is aligned with PA Academic Standards. Included is a link to the Online Textbook Resources 4-6.
Course Title: Physical Education - Grade 5 Department: Health & Physical EducationGrade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 1 time per week for 45 minutes Length of Course: Year- a total of 36 class meetingsPrimary Resources: Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School, Sanderson, Zelman, McCarleyUnit 1: Health and WellnessUnit 2: FitnessUnit 2: Team SportsUnit 3: Cooperative Games & ActivitiesCurriculum-Based Assessments: Fitness Assessments, Skill Development, Participation, & Sportsmanship
Standardized Assessments: N/A
Description of Course:
The focus of this course will be to cultivate knowledge, passion, and skill to empower students to pursue healthy habits and a physically active lifestyle. Students will engage in various physical activities that support health and wellness, physical fitness, motor skill development and improvement, group interactions, and enjoyment. This course is in alignment with the PA Academic Health and Physical Education Standards, SHAPE America's National Standards for Health and Physical Education, and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. The focuses are on Health and Wellness, Fitness, Team Sports, and Cooperative Games/Activities. Health and wellness topics include focussing on the balance of physical, mental, and social health. Our units align with the PRSD Health and Wellness Commitment: sleep, exercise, hydration, nutrition, limiting screen time, stress management and mindfulness, being outdoors, fun and play. Fitness concepts include experimenting with a variety of activities to improve and promote personal fitness. (eg. Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition, and Flexibility). Students will discover concepts of exercise and nutrition for establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Team sports will also help with the understanding and demonstration of proper teamwork and sportsmanship. Team sports allow students to apply and improve movement skills (eg. dribbling, passing, trapping, catching, juggling, running, shooting, ball control, kicking, throwing, setting). Gameplay will be used to demonstrate the benefits of practice through drills, stations, partner work, and the importance of fair play. (eg. positions, rules, leadership, and safety) Cooperative games are used to apply a variety of motor skills, creative movement patterns, strategy, and fitness to participate in large and small group activities. Group activities help to identify the benefits of communication and positive social interaction for success in a variety of physical activity environments.
Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: Book Selection- One class (30 min) every two weeks Library Instruction- Approximately two project-based units/ yearLength of Course: YearPrimary Resources: N/A
Units of Study:Unit 1: Book SelectionUnit 2: Copyright/Creative Commons & Introduction to DatabasesUnit 3: Research Process: Planning, Choosing Sources, Investigating, & SharingUnit 4: Literary Genre: Historical Fiction,
Description of Course:As part of the library curriculum, fifth-grade students continue to develop their ability to independently select reading materials for enjoyment and growth. There is a strong focus on research, and the selection and use of electronic sources, including databases. Learning activities are project-based and developed to support the content area curriculum. Students learn to evaluate resources for readability, reliability, and relevance. Students also learn to use resources ethically by citing sources and developing an understanding of copyright, Creative Commons licensing, and the public domain.
Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week:70 Minutes/5 Days per week Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: My Math, McGraw-HillUnits of Study:Unit 1: Numbers and Operations - Base TenUnit 2: Numbers and Operations-FractionsUnit 3: Operations and Algebraic ThinkingUnit 4: Measurement, Data, and ProbabilityUnit 5: GeometryCurriculum-Based Assessments: Common Topic Assessments and Performance TasksStandardized Assessments: Star 360 and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)Description of Course:Math 5 prepares students for the requirements of the PA Academic and Core Standards in Mathematics, through their ability to understand, retain, and apply eligible content over the course of the year. Cumulative skills attained through this course will include but are not be limited to problem-solving, “real world” application, and critical thinking skills. There are five units of study.
1) Numbers and Operations - Base 10 focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and decimals using groups of ten and place value.
2) Numbers and Operations-Fractions focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions, improper fractions, and mixed numbers.3) Operations and Algebraic Thinking focuses on interpreting and evaluating expressions, equations, and inequalities using the order of operations.
4) Measurement, Data, and Probability focus on converting measurements within a given measurement system represent and interpret data and solve problems involving volume.
5) Geometry focuses on categorizing two-dimensional shapes based on their properties and plotting points on a coordinate grid.
Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/5-day rotation Length of Course: Year (part of the 5-day rotation)Primary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music StandardsUnits of Study:Unit 1: Music Literacy: Rhythm/Eighth-sixteenth notesUnit 2: Music Literacy: Time Signature/Duple & TripleUnit 3: Music Literacy: Pitch/Piano (Middle C position),Unit 4: Music Literacy: Pitch/GuitarUnit 5: Listening and Analysis: Form/Vocab/EvaluationUnit 6: Performance SkillsUnit 7: Musical Contexts: Styles of Music/History/Composersunit 8: Creativity/ImprovisationUnit 9: TechnologyCurriculum-Based Assessments: Topic/Chapter Tests, Performance-based assessmentsStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription of Course:5th Grade students will further develop a basic understanding of music through the concepts of Pitch (with an introduction to accidentals), Rhythm (eighth-sixteenth note combinations), and Meter (duple/triple groupings). Students will use this knowledge to read songs and rhythms and actively listen to a variety of musical styles. They will also move, sing, and perform repertoire utilizing these concepts. Students will continue to build upon their knowledge of music vocabulary in order to describe music and participate in intellectual dialogue using appropriate phrasing. Students will begin to develop self-assessment rubrics where they are able to self-monitor their individual progress and constructively critique the performance of other classmates.
Performance components of the course include: singing, playing a variety of instruments, and using classroom instruments to fluently demonstrate their mastery of various concepts discussed throughout the year. 5th Grade students will also be introduced to Guitar and Keyboard basics with an emphasis on performance. Students develop an appreciation of the music through a historical lens and listen to a variety of music styles, particularly focused on the post-1850s era. Works of famous composers are listened to, analyzed, and discussed in class.
Course Title: Band - Grade 5 Department: Music
Grade Level: 5th gradeTime Per Week: One small group lesson & two full band rehearsalsLength of Course: Year
Primary Resources: Textbook: Sheldon, Boonshaft, Black, Phillips. "Sound Innovations for Concert Band" 2010, bk. 1/2; Concert performance music grade 0.5-1.5; EHUE 5th grade band website play-along tracksUnits of Study:Unit 1: Quality of soundUnit 2: Ensemble movementUnit 3: Matching pitchUnit 4: Technique and ArtistryUnit 5: ExpressionUnit 6: PhrasingUnit 7: Stylistic traitsUnit 8: FeelingUnit 9: Cultural understandingCurriculum-Based Assessments: Performances (annual winter & spring)
Standardized Assessments: None
Description of Course:5th Grade Band is a course that emphasizes continuing instruction on learning to play a band instrument. Group lessons give instrument-specific instruction. Full ensemble rehearsal emphasizes playing with other instrumental sections in preparation for concert performances. Attendance at concert performances is required.
Course Title: Chorus - Grade 5 Department: Music
Grade Level: 5th gradeTime Per Day/Week: 30 minutes / once a week Length of Course: Year
Primary Resources: Unison/Two-part repertoire, Elementary Choral method resources and Resources designed by the teacherUnits of Study:Unit 1: Beginning Vocal Tone productionUnit 2: Vocal Warm-ups, Rounds, and SongsUnit 3: Music Literacy and SightreadingUnit 4: Unison & Two-part Choral LiteratureUnit 5: Vocal Performance
Curriculum-Based Assessments: Performances (annual winter & spring)
Standardized Assessments: None
Description of Course:5th-grade Chorus is an explore ensemble that is offered to all students in 5th grade. This ensembles focus on continuing vocal & breathing techniques, utilizing various warm-ups, ear-training, and explore unison and two-part repertoire.
5th-grade Chorus performs annual winter and spring concerts.
5th-grade students have the opportunity to audition for the All-Star Chorus, which is a select group of 5th & 6th-grade Chorus students.Course Title: Orchestra - Grade 5 Department: MusicGrade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes small group / Two 30 minutes full ensemblesLength of Course: YearPrimary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music Standards, Essential Elements Book 1 and 2 Hal Leonard
Units of Study:Unit 1: Instrument Parts and Beginning Playing PositionsUnit 2: Left-Hand SkillsUnit 3: Music ReadingUnit 4: Right Hand (Bow) SkillsUnit 5: Music UnderstandUnit 6: Ensemble Skills & Ear Training
Standardized Assessments: N/ADescription of Course:Orchestra students in grade 5 receive one 30-minute small group pull-out lesson per 5-day rotation and two 30-minute full ensemble rehearsals per 5-day rotation. Lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis and are taught by one of the string teachers.
both by ear and by reading music.
Students also have the opportunity to audition for the Chamber Orchestra. This group meets on specific dates throughout the year and provides students with more challenging orchestral music as well as community performances.
Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 55 minutes every other day Length of Course: Year
Units of Study:Unit 1: Scientific MethodUnit 2: SunUnit 3: EarthUnit 4: PlanetsUnit 5: EcosystemsUnit 6: Natural ResourcesCurriculum-Based Assessments: Investigation Quizzes, End of Investigation Test, Response SheetsStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription of Course:Unit 1 gives students experience with the Scientific Method and how to use documentation and experimental results to verify or refute claims. The interactions of Earth, Sun, and Moon are key concepts of Unit 2. Students describe the patterns of the Earth’s movements in relation to the Sun, such as phases, eclipses, and seasons. Students study celestial bodies’ properties and how gravity affects them as the essential force that determines the motions of the Solar System. Unit 3 provides students with hands-on opportunities to understand how human interactions and other environmental factors affect an ecosystem and how all parts of an ecosystem are interconnected and interdependent. Unit 4 focuses on renewable and nonrenewable resources, their effects on the environment, and how they provide for human needs.
Grade 5 science is aligned to PA Academic and Core Standards. PA Core Standards focus on reading and writing in the content areas and PA Academic Standards are comprised of the Nature of Science, Physical, Life, and Earth, and Space Science.Grade Level: 5Length of Course: Throughout the year, shared with SciencePrimary Resources: My World Social Studies "Building our Country" Pearson
Units of Study:Unit 1: Ancient American CivilizationsUnit 2: ExplorationUnit 3: European Settlements in AmericaUnit 4: 13 ColoniesUnit 5: Events that led to the RevolutionUnit 6: RevolutionCurriculum-Based Assessments: Vocabulary Quizzes, Lesson Quizzes, Chapter TestsStandardized Assessments: NADescription of Course:
The fifth-grade Social Studies course is aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards.
Unit One: Introduces students to the formation, adaptation, and cultures of Ancient American Civilizations based on geography and resources.
Unit Two: Students are exposed to growth in European technology which encouraged exploration and conquest of newly discovered lands.
Unit Three: The division of European land claims in North America and the formation and contrasts of the 3 regions within the 13 colonies that led to early disputes.
Unit Four: Unfair taxation and lack of representation sparked a desire for independence, leading to the American Revolution.
Grade Level: 5Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/once every 5 days Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: N/A
Units of Study:Unit 1: Germanic LanguagesUnit 2: SwahiliUnit 3: HindiUnit 4: Semitic LanguagesCurriculum Based Assessments: Projects, Quizzes, DialoguesStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription of Course:
In Unit 1, students are introduced to the Germanic language family with a focus on Danish. Students study a Danish fairy tale and learn to use a set of strategies to translate a section of the story into English. Students will learn about cognates and false cognates, and they will practice using context clues to determine the difference. Students also explore the concept of using “untranslatable” words to learn about a culture.
In Unit 2, Swahili, students will identify countries where Swahili is spoken. They will learn Swahili greeting phrases and numbers as they practice a strategy for memorizing vocabulary words in a different language. Students will learn Swahili names for animals, then use this vocabulary to connect and engage with a real African guide during a live-streamed safari. Finally, students will discuss the use of proverbs as a unique feature of the Swahili language and the challenges that attempting to translate these proverbs presents.
In Unit 3, students are introduced to the Indo-Iranian language family with a focus on Hindi. Students explore the Hindi alphabet, comparing and contrasting it with the alphabet used in English. Students also learn about the cultural holiday of Diwali and take part in the Hindi tradition of creating rangoli patterns.
In Unit 4, students are introduced to the Semitic language family with a focus on Hebrew and Arabic. Students compare and contrast the Hebrew alphabet with other alphabets they have studied. Students also learn Hebrew vocabulary for food items and examine the cultural importance between food and certain Jewish holidays. Students research Jewish holidays and plan a food menu in Hebrew for that holiday, including items that are culturally appropriate. Students also learn numbers and money expressions in Arabic and complete a project in which they use this vocabulary, along with the concepts of foreign currency exchange and bargaining for goods, to create and shop at a fictitious Middle Eastern souk market.
With each new language that is introduced, students learn about the language family it belongs to, words that English has borrowed from it, countries that use the language, and benefits of learning the language. Each unit of this course integrates vocabulary with culture and transferable skills designed to give students an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for world languages and cultures.