Curriculum Updates

5th Grade: The mathematics curriculum is based on the national Common Core Standards. Prior to each unit, students will be taking a pre-assessment to determine prior knowledge on each content area. The results of these pre-assessments will help me determine math placement in order to differentiate instruction. In class, there will be several math groups operating at the same time. Each math group will have a fun yet challenging task to complete for a grade. Tasks will include real life

- Multiplication and division with whole numbers

- Decimal place value

- Powers and multiples of 10

- Rounding decimals

- Addition and subtraction with decimals

- 2D figure attributes

- Coordinate system graphing

- Multiplication with decimals

- Division with decimals

- Order of operations

- Writing expressions

- Adding fractions

- Subtracting fractions

- Multiplying fractions

- Dividing fractions

- Measurement and data

- Exponents

- Order of operations

- LCM and GCF

- Prime factorization

- Decimal operations

- Fraction division

- Integers

- Properties

- Algebraic expressions

- Equations

- Inequalities

- Ratios and proportions

- Surface area

- Data collection and analysis

The science curriculum is based on the NC Essential Standards. In science, we are beginning our study of ecosystems. Thank you to all families who were able to send in one or more two-liter bottles to construct our model ecosystem. We will be working on assembling the terrarium portion of the ecosystems and await the germination of the seeds (grass, mustard, and alfalfa). Next, we will be setting up our aquarium with gravel, a mosquito fish (gambusia fish), snail, duckweed, and algae. Please refer to the informational letter sent home about the importance and extreme care we take with our animals in the model ecosystem. Throughout the unit, we will conduct detailed observations in the science notebook to observe the interdependence of plants and animals in the model ecosystem.

Science notebooks will also be implemented in each unit. The notebook includes the following components: focus question, prediction (student generated with explanations), data and observations from the investigations, claims and evidence, conclusion (was your prediction correct and how you know), and reflection (next steps and new questions). For additional information on each component of the notebook, click on the “Science Notebook” tab in the left column.

Additionally, students will be assigned specific roles in their cooperative team to promote leadership: CEO (supervisor, makes sure all instructions/guidelines are followed), data collector (ensures data is being collected accurately), time tracker/voice checker (makes sure the group is using their time wisely in order to complete all tasks, checks voice level), and materials manager (collects materials from the science materials table, returns all materials at the conclusion of the investigation). Motion and design is an exciting and engaging unit where students are able to model the physics concepts through hands-on and inquiry-based learning.

The science curriculum is based on the NC Essential Standards. Vocabulary terminology is taught after the investigations so that students have meanings/connections with the terms. Science notebooks will also be implemented in each unit. The notebook includes the following components: focus question, prediction (student generated with explanations), data and observations from the investigations, claims and evidence, conclusion (was your prediction correct and how you know), and reflection (next steps and new questions). For additional information on each component of the notebook, click on the “Science Notebook” tab in the left column.

__MATH:__5th Grade: The mathematics curriculum is based on the national Common Core Standards. Prior to each unit, students will be taking a pre-assessment to determine prior knowledge on each content area. The results of these pre-assessments will help me determine math placement in order to differentiate instruction. In class, there will be several math groups operating at the same time. Each math group will have a fun yet challenging task to complete for a grade. Tasks will include real life

**connections**and the use of manipulatives (i.e. Cuisenaire rods, Angle Legs, fraction circles). Lessons will also include**project-based**learning where students develop projects to show mastery of a math standard. Math groups will alternate meeting with me to ensure accuracy of understanding. Also, I implement a full game-show based format for many of the math group meetings—and the results are amazing. Therefore, the use of dry erase boards and online games will continue to be used. If you click on the “Curriculum” link to the website, you will find an embedded document of the fifth grade standards. Also, rather than simply completing practice problems in class, students transform this practice into games and a variety of foldables.**MATH CONTENT:**__Fifth Grade Math Concepts__:- Multiplication and division with whole numbers

- Decimal place value

- Powers and multiples of 10

- Rounding decimals

- Addition and subtraction with decimals

- 2D figure attributes

- Coordinate system graphing

- Multiplication with decimals

- Division with decimals

- Order of operations

- Writing expressions

- Adding fractions

- Subtracting fractions

- Multiplying fractions

- Dividing fractions

- Measurement and data

__Common Core 6+ Math Concepts__:- Exponents

- Order of operations

- LCM and GCF

- Prime factorization

- Decimal operations

- Fraction division

- Integers

- Properties

- Algebraic expressions

- Equations

- Inequalities

- Ratios and proportions

- Surface area

- Data collection and analysis

__SCIENCE:__The science curriculum is based on the NC Essential Standards. In science, we are beginning our study of ecosystems. Thank you to all families who were able to send in one or more two-liter bottles to construct our model ecosystem. We will be working on assembling the terrarium portion of the ecosystems and await the germination of the seeds (grass, mustard, and alfalfa). Next, we will be setting up our aquarium with gravel, a mosquito fish (gambusia fish), snail, duckweed, and algae. Please refer to the informational letter sent home about the importance and extreme care we take with our animals in the model ecosystem. Throughout the unit, we will conduct detailed observations in the science notebook to observe the interdependence of plants and animals in the model ecosystem.

Science notebooks will also be implemented in each unit. The notebook includes the following components: focus question, prediction (student generated with explanations), data and observations from the investigations, claims and evidence, conclusion (was your prediction correct and how you know), and reflection (next steps and new questions). For additional information on each component of the notebook, click on the “Science Notebook” tab in the left column.

Additionally, students will be assigned specific roles in their cooperative team to promote leadership: CEO (supervisor, makes sure all instructions/guidelines are followed), data collector (ensures data is being collected accurately), time tracker/voice checker (makes sure the group is using their time wisely in order to complete all tasks, checks voice level), and materials manager (collects materials from the science materials table, returns all materials at the conclusion of the investigation). Motion and design is an exciting and engaging unit where students are able to model the physics concepts through hands-on and inquiry-based learning.

The science curriculum is based on the NC Essential Standards. Vocabulary terminology is taught after the investigations so that students have meanings/connections with the terms. Science notebooks will also be implemented in each unit. The notebook includes the following components: focus question, prediction (student generated with explanations), data and observations from the investigations, claims and evidence, conclusion (was your prediction correct and how you know), and reflection (next steps and new questions). For additional information on each component of the notebook, click on the “Science Notebook” tab in the left column.

## Common Core for Math and

Essential Standards for Science

(Effective 2012-2013 School Year)

The Common Core for Math and Essential Standards for Science can be found at

Click on “K-12 Curriculum” and then scroll down to the desired subject area.

*.*__www.ncpublicschools.org__Click on “K-12 Curriculum” and then scroll down to the desired subject area.