The purpose of reading instruction in Room 25 is to create life-long, purposeful, critical readers.  Our reading instruction will take place within the Reading Workshop. This means that lessons and practice will be contextualized within authentic reading experiences as we learn together.  Discussions are a big part of the workshop.  The students will have choice of reading materials within the framework of what is "just right" for them. Students are expected to participate in mini-lessons by taking notes and writing about their reading in their reading notebook and trying the strategies we discuss.  They are expected to push themselves by trying new genres and making good book choices.  You can also expect- 

  • Whole class literature studies from various genres
  • Small group book clubs (literature circles)
  • Historical fiction that supports social studies curriculum
  • Projects and assignments to demonstrate growth and thinking
  • Studying and dissecting non-fiction texts
  • Reading about Writing


Writing instruction will also be done in the workshop. As writers we will make sense of new genres and write fabulous pieces in authentic ways. Once again, there will be choice within the framework genre studies.  I expect the students to put forth their best effort and participate in the complete writing process:  envisioning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  Possible studies you might see-
  • Studies in personal narratives, picture books, restaurant reviews, poetry, non-fiction writing, persuasive writing, and compare and contrast
  • A focus on spelling / word study, grammar, and punctuation
  • Cross-curricular writing assignments to support science and social studies


In spelling we will be examining words to understand the patterns and meanings. We will work on breaking words down into syllables, learning rules, and putting into practice what we've learned on our weekly tests.  I want the students to learn to think about words rather than just to memorize. We will be using root words, affixes, and meaning to develop vocabulary and help us spell.  The students will be expected to use the things we learn in their own writing.


In 5th grade we split for math, having one accelerated class and three regular math classes.  In the accelerated class, they explore the 5th and 6th grade curriculum.  This a great opportunity to challenge and support everyone.  The 5th grade teachers communicate well and work together to make sure everyone has a successful math experience.  5th grade math is exciting and challenging as we begin to apply skills in new ways.  

  • Operations & Algebraic Thinking
  • Write & interpret numerical expressions.
  • Analyze patterns & relationships.
  • Number & Operations in Base Ten
  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
  • Number & Operations - Fractions
  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and  divide fractions.
  • Measurement and Data
  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to
    multiplication and to addition.
  • Geometry
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world mathematical problems.
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.


Scientific Method

  • Chemistry
  • Physics/Forces
  • Space
  • Bones, Muscles, Brains


Social Studies

  • Geography / map skills
  • Exploration
  • Colonization
  • Revolution
  • Government
  • Westward Movement
  • Civil War
  • Economics
  • 50 States