Curriculum – Grade 5

Literacy and Language Arts

Reading Units of Study

Module 1: Launching the Reader’s Workshop
Module 2: Interpretation Book Clubs
Module 3: Tackling Complexity
Module 4: Argument and Advocacy
Module 5: Fantasy Book Clubs

Writing Units of Study

Module 1: Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Module 2: Narrative Craft
Module 3: Shaping Texts
Module 4: The Research Based Argument Essay
Module 5: The Lens of History
Module 6: Poetry

Word Study and Grammar Units of Study

Module 1: Types of Sentences; Subjects and Predicates
Module 2: Main Ideas; Compound Subjects and Predicates
Module 3: Verb Tenses
Module 4: Paragraphs
Module 5: Play
Module 6: Nouns
Module 7: Independent/Dependent Clauses
Module 8: Sentence Structure
Module 9: Punctuation/Colons; Appositives
Module 10: Homophones
Module 11: Review

Mathematics and Numeracy


Fifth grade mathematics is about (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fraction divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions); (2) extending division to two-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.

Mathematics Units of Study

Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions
Module 2: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations
Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
Module 5: Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
Module 6: Problem Solving with the Coordinate Plane



Life, Physical, and Earth sciences

Science Units of Study

Life Science: Living systems
Physical Science: Mixtures and solutions; Physics of sound
Earth Science: Water planet

Social Studies


United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation

Social Studies Units of Study

Module 1: The Land and People Before Columbus
Module 2: Age of Exploration
Module 3: Cooperation and Conflict in North America
Module 4: Settling the Colonies
Module 5: Southern Colonies
Module 6: Life in New England
Module 7: The Middle Colonies
Module 8: The Road to War
Module 9: The American Revolution
Module 10: The Development and Significance of the U.S. Constitution
Module 11: Life in the Young Republic
Module 12: The New Nation’s Westward Expansion
Module 13: Landforms of the United States
Module 14: Memorization of the 50 States and Capitals


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