PES Grade 5
|Mr. Frank Battaglia||203-264-8283|
|Mrs. Cynthia Canty||203-264-8283|
|Mr. Mark Ciccone||203-264-8283|
|Mrs. Diane Spencer||203-264-8283|
The fifth grade curriculum at PES focuses on academic growth and study skills, while fostering independence as students prepare for middle school.
The Language Arts curriculum is designed to allow students more time to practice authentic reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing tasks, to offer more choice in text selection, to organize the curriculum around units of study (genre/author/thematic studies) and to provide instruction through a workshop framework. The content of each unit serves as the vehicle for teaching students the essential skills, knowledge and understandings of English-language arts.
Math Trailblazers is a spiral program with many concepts and skills introduced and taught at different grade levels at an increasing level of complexity. In fifth grade these concepts and skills are reinforced through the use of Daily Practice Problems and applied in problem solving. The units in the fifth grade program include measurement, data collection and analysis, estimation, graphing, multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, probability, decimals, and geometry. Problem solving is an integral part of each unit as students use varied problem solving strategies to solve "real life" math problems.
During social studies, the students explore geography concepts organized around the five themes of geography and complete unit studies on Latin America, Canada and the United States. Fifth grade geography involves an application and extension of reading, writing, and numeracy skills transferred from the language arts and math classrooms.
Our science program begins with an introduction to the field of science and scientists. This unit is followed by a unit on the Solar System. Next, students explore the world of light and sound. We end the year by studying populations and ecosystems, which correlates with our study of owls and the dissection of owl pellets.