Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Teachers
Mr. Burrell

Mrs. Powell

Mrs. Weser

Fifth Grade Program Description

Fifth grade classes are heterogeneously grouped with the assigned classroom teacher responsible for language arts (reading, English, spelling, writing), social studies, and science.  Instruction in all areas is based upon AZ College and Career Ready Standards. Please refer to detailed curriculum descriptions below.

Delivery of instruction in fifth grade includes teacher directed lessons in whole class or small group settings with individual progress closely monitored. While instruction is quite often textbook driven, students' application of skills and concepts is demonstrated in projects, demonstrations, reports, exploratory and investigative units of study.

Instruction in curriculum areas include:

  • READING - Harcourt Brace is the adopted basal reading textbook used for instruction to ensure students' exposure to a wide range of comprehension levels and literary skills.
  • SOCIAL STUDIES - Fifth grade textbooks/materials, "History Alive! America's Past" are provided to assist teachers in meeting grade level curriculum objectives.
  • SPELLING - Houghton Mifflin spelling book emphasizes word structure, decoding, and vocabulary development.
  • WRITING is an important integrated component of the fifth grade curriculum. The writing elements include: ideas; organization; voice; word choice; sentence fluency; conventions; and presentation.  Writing prompts address opinion, informative and narrative essays.
  • ENGLISH focuses primarily on grammar and mechanics. Review and reinforcement of spelling and English mechanics are provided through the daily practice and application of skills.
  • MATHEMATICS - My Math is used in instruction along with supplementary materials, technology, and manipulatives.
  • SCIENCE core curriculum includes five science units developed by the school district and designed to meet the district and state science curriculum objectives. The five units are: Bones, Muscles, Brains; Mystery Powders; What's the Matter; May the Forces Be With You; Guide to the Galaxy.
  • SUPPORT PROGRAMS offer students regular instruction in the computer lab and in the Media Center. Intermediate students receive instruction in vocal music, art, and physical education. Interested students may participate in the band or strings programs. In addition, the students participate in field trips, assemblies, and grade level activities designed to support the curriculum.

Homework is assigned to reinforce skills taught and is considered an important facet of the students' learning experiences. Each student's progress is reported quarterly on a report card. Conferences, phone calls, and notes are means of communicating students' progress to parents. Parents are considered vital to the child's success in school and are encouraged to volunteer and contribute.

 Parent Resources: http://pta.org/4446.htm  and  http://www2.mpsaz.org/curriculum/parents