Welcome to Field School Grade 5

Fifth grade teachers are: Carol Schopfer (Team Leader), Michelle Scott (Team Leader), Patty Desmarais, Hollie Triconi, Heather Burns, Elizabeth Mania, Janice Diorio, Michael Shilalie and Lindsay Quezada.

Grade 5 Curriculum

Reading

Reading strategies are reviewed and reinforced through Guided Reading groups, Literary Circles, Author Study, as well as within the whole group shared reading experience. Students will demonstrate their understanding of texts, and their achievements as readers by reading 25 grade appropriate books during grade five. They will read a wide range of genres to gain meaning; they will build an understanding of texts, genres, themes, informational content, self, the human experience, their own culture(s) and the cultures of others. Students will identify, analyze, and provide evidence from texts to support their understandings.

Writing Process

This ongoing process includes all facets of the writing process: Prewriting, Drafting, Sharing, Revising, Editing, and Publishing. Students will write compositions for different audiences and purposes. They will write with a clear focus, coherent organization and sufficient detail.

Math

Students build on their foundation of computational skills. They learn when to use mental math, paper and pencil or calculators. They practice writing logical explanations and presenting oral solutions for word problems. There is an in depth study of Number Sense and Operations, which include: Patterns, Relations, Algebra, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. The students also study Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability, Geometry and Measurement.

Science

Students will study scientific methods. They will learn good evidence is characterized by accurate observations and measurements made during an investigation. They will learn to communicate results of credible evidence. Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy transfer by designing, building and testing a device, which transfers one form of energy to another in a Motion and Design unit. Students will demonstrate an understanding of interdependence in nature by creating and subsequently upsetting a planned ecosystem’s stability and describing the effects in an ecology unit.

Social Studies

The fifth grade focus is the formative years of U.S. History through 1860. Students study 15th and 16th century European explorers in the western hemisphere and North America. They study the political, economic, and social development of the English colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Fifth graders study the early development of democratic institutions and ideas, including the events that led to the independence of the 13 colonies and the formation of a national government under the U.S. Constitution.

Grade 5 Special Events:

Field Trips: The Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Golden Ball Tavern, and A Walking Tour of Boston.
Special Events: Cross Country Skiing, Wax Museum Presentation and a Fifth Grade Celebration Day

Grade 5 Homework:

The goal of homework is to develop time management skills, independent work skills and responsibility. Each night Field School students should expect:

  • 30 minutes of independent reading
  • up to 30 minutes of math homework
  • up to 30 minutes of “homeroom” homework