In fifth grade, we cover a vast array of subjects and topics. Students also have the opportunity to attend specialist classes (music, library and PE) with teachers trained in those areas. Students in rooms 201 and 205 will share two teachers: I teach LANGUAGE ARTS, SOCIAL STUDIES, and TECHNOLOGY and MATH, SCIENCE, and ART are covered by Mrs. Holt. For the most part, students will attend each subject with their homeroom peers.
Reading – Camas teachers focus on delivering instruction that covers what we call "Reading Power Standards." These include learning targets such as fluency, vocabulary, sequencing, making inferences, identifying text features, and summarizing. We use a variety of resources including the Scott Foresman textbook (contains 30 previously published fiction and nonfiction selections), trade books, Scholastic Magazines, and novels. We will read the following: Holes, The Sign of the Beaver, Tuck Everlasting, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Students are welcome to bring in their own copies. We strongly recommend that students read at least 20-30 minutes a night.
Writing – Fifth graders will continue to refine their writing skills as they compose letters, research reports, summaries, book reports, and journals in content area.
Spelling – Over the last several years, we have been teaching the Sitton Spelling program with much success. Instead of memorizing a list of words each week (and forgetting them by the following week), we work on spelling skills that can be applied to our everyday writing. There are over 500 words that fifth graders could be assessed on. Many of these words were introduced in earlier grades. The first 100 of those words in fact are considered Priority Words and students are expected to spell them correctly ALL the time. New words introduced are taught in concept lessons that teach spelling patterns and tricks to spell them. You can access those 100 words here: Priority Words. I use www.spellingcity.com to assess students' spelling skills. This is a great site for practice, too!
Social Studies – To prepare students to be good citizens, we examine the geography, geology, history, and government of the United States of America. History topics include Indigenous People, Explorers, First Contact, Settlement, Colonies, Revolutionary War, and the Constitution.
Math – The district adopted Math Connects in 2009. Some strands covered include multiple-digit computation including long division, fractions, geometry, and problem solving.
Science – The three main units are energy, landforms, and environments. Students also become very familiar with the scientific process and content across several strands of science. We also plan to hold an Invention Convention
State Testing – In May, students will be assessed by Washington State in the areas of READING, MATH, and SCIENCE.