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- Date Posted: 08/21/2011

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5th Grade Curriculum Maps

Social Studies/History

Our main focus in fifth grade is United States History. We will be working from the textbook, History Alive!, and using additional notes that correlate with our U.S. History unit. Our major units of study are listed below.

  • Geography (seven continents, U.S. geographic regions, bodies of water)

  • American Indians

  • Explorations and Encounters

  • Colonial America

  • The American Revolution

  • The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

  • Westward Expansion

  • The Civil War

To compliment the social studies curriculum, I also use a review guide called Thunks or Daily Review Guide.

Language Arts


In addition to reading stories from the basal, we will be reading the following trade books:

  • Sign of the Beaver

  • Honus and Me

  • Maniac Magee

Word Study

We utilize Words Their Way and learn about base words, suffixes, prefixes, compound words, and syllabication.


Students will exploring several different types of writing such as narrative, expository, descriptive, business letters, informative, and persuasive. By the end of the year, students should be able to write an essay that includes an introductory paragraph, a three part body (at least three parts), and a concluding paragraph. Each paragraph should begin with an introductory sentence followed by at least three supporting sentences. Each piece of writing will go through the prewriting, rough drafting, editing, revising and publishing stages. The students will also work on extending their subject and predicate with detail and description. We will be using the NCS Mentor for Virginia when we are writing or editing an essay.


In math, our units of study include:

  • Number sense (place value, comparing, rounding whole numbers & decimals)

  • Computation and estimation of whole numbers and decimals (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

  • Geometry (plane geometry; lines and angles; solid geometry)

  • Fractions

  • Measurement (linear, weight, capacity, time, area, perimeter, temperature)

  • Probability and Statistics (graphing; statistics; determining mean, median, mode, range; tree diagrams; probability)

  • Patterns, functions, and introductory algebra


In 5th grade, we cover the following units of study:

  • Living Systems (cells, using microscopes, 5 kingdoms)

  • Oceanography (physical and biological, geology of ocean floor, public policy regarding the oceans)

  • Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Changes (the rock cycle, types of rocks, Earth's interior, plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, human impact on the Earth's suface)

  • Matter (atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds; mixtures and solutions)

  • Sound (sounds waves, pitch, frequency)

  • Light (visible spectrum, light waves, reflection, refraction, concave and convex lenses, prisms, contributions of Galileo, Hook, van Leeuwenhoek, and Newton)

All units of study include scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic.


In 5th grade, we study character education, and the students participate in the D.A.R.E. Program.

The D.A.R.E. program lasts all year with a DARE officer meeting with the class every other week to discuss the importance of a positive self-image, accepting responsibility for one's own actions, justifying the refusal of unnecessary drug use and the effects of drugs on body functions, academic, and athletic performance. Students analyze public service announcements and product literature. Students must also write an essay on the importance of staying drug free. A graduation ceremony is held at the end of the year to recognize the students' commitment to stay drug free.

Our character education programs consists of the following traits:

  • Responsibility

  • Trustworthiness

  • Fairness

  • Kindness

  • Respect

  • Citizenship

Helen Mitchell