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5th Grade Courses

Grammar Mathematics PE Reading Religion Science Social Studies Spanish Spelling / Vocabulary Art Technology

Grammar 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Phone: Debra Romano 543-6019 X21 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: This grammar course includes the study of Standard English conventions appropriate to fifth grade. These conventions are used in writing clear, coherent and focused essays of two to three paragraphs in length. The students participate in writing a variety of genres which exhibit the students' awareness of the audience and purpose for writing. The essays contain formal introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions. Students progress through the writing process as needed. Students are encouraged to use word processors whenever possible. Goals: Students will write essays that express clear thinking while using proper mechanics, grammar, sentence structure and spelling. Students will identify parts of speech, complete sentences, and subjectverb and tense agreement. Students will learn rules for proper capitalization and punctuation. Students will utilize all steps of the writing process. Texts: Harcourt Language, Harcourt, 2002. Resources: Dictionaries, thesauruses, Daily Language Review, Evan-Moor, 1998; and word processors. Projects: Written reports and Young Author's Fair. Assessment: Quizzes and tests, homework, worksheets, reports, daily language activities, and writing assignments.

Mathematics 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Debra Romano Phone: 543-6019 X21 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: This math course focuses on the five strands of math: number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, probability, and mathematical reasoning; Students increase their facility with the four basic arithmetic operations applied to fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers. They know and use common measuring units to determine length and area and know and use formulas to determine the volume of simple geometric figures. Students know the concept of angle measurement and use a protractor. They use grids, tables, graphs, and charts to record and analyze data. Goals: Number Sense: Students will compute with very large and very small numbers, positive integers, decimals and fractions, and will understand the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percents. They will understand the relative magnitudes of numbers. Students will perform calculations and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. Algebra and functions: Students will use variables in simple expressions and compute the value of the expression for specific values of the variable. Measurement and geometry: Students will understand and compute the volumes and areas of simple objects. Students will identify, describe, and classify the properties of, and the relationships between, plane and solid geometric figures. Probability: Students will display and compare different data sets. Mathematical reasoning: Students will make decisions about how to approach problems and will use strategies, skills and concepts in finding solutions. Texts: California Mathematics, Scott Foresman, 2001 Resources: Daily Math Practice, Evan-Moor, 1999; math games and journals. Assessment: Homework, quizzes, and tests.

Physical Education 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Coach Patience Santos Phone: 543-6019 X39 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: Physical Education offers physical exercise and activity in relation to being fit and healthy for a lifetime. This represents the ability of the whole body, including the muscles, skeleton, heart, and all other body parts, to work together efficiently by doing the most work with the least amount of effort. Activities include lead-up-games to teach soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field and tennis skills. Dance, aerobics, tag games, relays, and other assorted games and activities are taught to emphasize a theme of "fitness for life." . Goals: Students will develop physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially during planned physical activity through a means of drills, skills enhancement, sportsmanship, positive reinforcement, team cooperation, strength development and cardiovascular endurance. Students will pre-and-post test annually for strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance via the AAHPERD Physical Best Test Battery consisting of pull-ups, sit-ups, sit and reach, and the mile run. Resources: Fitness for Life, Scott, Foresman and Company, Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children, Macmillan Publishing Company, guest speakers, workshops, videos, AAHPERD Physical Best Test Battery. Assessment: Participation, attendance, cooperation, and effort.

Reading 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Debra Romano Phone: 543-6019 X21 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: This reading course includes opportunities for students to develop their skills in listening, thinking, speaking, and writing in addition to reading. Students read novels as well as read excerpts, poetry, and many other genres to develop comprehension and vocabulary skills. Goals: Students will use knowledge of word origins and word relationships, as well as context clues, to determine meaning of grade level appropriate vocabulary. Students will respond to text, orally and in writing, by using critical thinking and connecting their ideas with those presented in the text. Students will explore a variety of genres in silent reading opportunities, read aloud opportunities, listening activities, book talks, and library visits. Students will be engaged in reading to increase the number of words they read, which will develop their fluency as well as encourage a love of reading. Students will practice speaking skills, and continue to develop listening skills, during oral presentations in class and at the public library. Texts: Harcourt, Trophies Distant Voyages, 2003. Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare. Resources: Various books read aloud to the class, library visits, and books on tape, vocabulary and comprehension board games, workbook vocabulary and comprehension activities, and reading activities on CD-ROM Projects: Book reports on different genres, reading journals, and various projects to support and enrich text and novel reading. Assessment: Quizzes and tests, reading journals, worksheets, book reports, other book projects and oral recitations.

Religion 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Patience Santos Phone: 543-6019 X39 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: Religion curriculum in 5th Grade emphasizes the history, character and future of our Church community and is designed to: This course also includes a daily reflection on a Bible quote, teaching the doctrine and dogma of the Catholic Church using the text Finding God: Our Response to God's Gifts, which reflect a vision of our Catholic faith grounded in Scripture and Tradition and an Ignatian recognition of the presence of God in all things. Additionally, the curriculum includes a Family Life element that places human sexuality in the context of Christian moral living. Goals: Understand that the expression of that vision is based on our Catholic belief that effective catechesis Reflect the love of the Gather, Son, and the Holy Spirit Center on the person of Jesus Christ Proclaim the liberating good news of salvation through Jesus Christ Lead the Christian into the world in mission and action Address the needs of the culture in which it is presented Invite believers to reflect on personal experience in light of growing in relationship with God Lead to full, conscious, active participation in the liturgical life of the Church Create a climate of prayer and nurtures a faith that is expressed in prayer Students will make respectful choices in the areas of sexual development and the maintenance of a positive self-image. Text: Finding God: Our Response to God's Gifts, Benziger Family Life Series 2001 Resources: Student Bible Projects: Operation Rice Bowl Assessment: Homework, special project assignments, quizzes, tests

Science 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Debra Romano Phone: 543-6019 X21 Course Summary: This science course focuses on the main strands of science. Life Science focuses on the study of systems of living things, while Earth Science addresses weather and space. Finally, Physical Science concentrates on matter and energy. Environmental science is woven throughout the study of science. This course involves hands-on science opportunities, as well as text and audiovisual experiences. Goals: Students will identify and explain the structures needed for plant and animal reproduction as well as the systems for respiration, digestion, waste disposal and transport of materials. Students will apply the understanding of the water cycle to the movement of water on Earth, between ocean and land. Students will examine how the energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements that result in changing weather patterns. Students will identify planets and other bodies in the solar system and recognize that these bodies orbit the sun in predictable paths. Students will identify elements and their characteristics, using the periodic table. Students will apply their knowledge of elements to recognize that elements, and their combinations, account for all the varied types of matter in the world. Students will identify alternative energy sources and the need for them. Texts: Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007 Resources: Rancho El Chorro outdoor school - residence program Assessment: Chapter tests and quizzes, worksheets, notes, chapter reviews, oral reviews, projects, journal entries, and lab write ups School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Social Studies 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Phone: Debra Romano 543-6019 X21 School: Old Mission School

Course Summary: This social studies course covers the history of the United States from the first peoples, through the westward movement and including explorers, the colonies, the American Revolution, and the new nation. Goals: Students will continue to develop and practice geographic literacy and will locate the 50 states on a map by region, identify their capitals, and research, in depth, one state in particular. Students will describe the major pre-Columbian settlements and also trace the routes of early explorers, describing the early explorations of the Americas. Students will describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers. Students will understand the political, religious, social and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era. Students will explain the causes of the American Revolution and understand its course and consequences. Students will practice basic outlining and note taking skills. Students will examine current events in the world. Texts: Early United States , Harcourt Brace, 2000; States and Regions, Harcourt Brace, 2000 Resources: Various books read aloud to the class, videos, state fact books, songs to help memorize the state capitals. Projects: State report, 3D state map Assessment: Chapter tests and quizzes, worksheets, notes, oral presentations, state projects, other in class and at home assignments, and map activities

Spanish 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Patience Santos Phone: 543-6019 X39 Course Summary: The course includes a broad variety of proficiency-building activities as well as supplementary cultural material. Emphasis is on plentiful practice through chants, prayer, and games. Topics include an introduction to the Spanishspeaking world, greetings, colors, days of the week, and months of the year, classroom commands, classroom objects, feelings, foods, and table setting. Goals: Student will enjoy practicing the Spanish language in the four skills of listening, speaking reading, and writing. Students will acquire the language within the context of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world and its culture. Students will elicit a high level of student participation in the learning process. Projects: Memorize the Glory to the Father prayer in Spanish Assessment: Class work, oral presentations, class participation School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Spelling / Vocabulary 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Debra Romano Phone: 543-6019 X21 School: E-mail: Old Mission School

Course Summary: This spelling course emphasizes high-frequency words. The spelling instruction provides independence during instruction to ensure spelling independence beyond instruction. Following the test-study-test method, students begin with a self-corrected pretest which enables them to determine which words need a particular focus. The SHARP word study procedure is encouraged, in which the student forms a visual image of the word they are learning to spell, as well as providing for all modalities of learner. The pretest also directs higher-ability spellers to the challenge word exercises. Spelling activities in the workbook provide motivation through variety. Students write the words, and other word forms, many times to build memorization and include the words in the context of writing in response to prompts. Review lessons are also included every five lessons to emphasize retention. Goals: Students will successfully spell list words in a list and in the context of their writing. Students will successfully spell words at their level of instruction. Students will proofread, edit and revise spelling words in written work. Students will have a greater sense and use of vocabulary Texts: Vocabulary for Achievement Great Source Margaret Ann Richek Resources: Dictionary Projects: Spelling bees and spelling baseball Assessment: Spelling/vocabulary tests weekly, workbooks collected weekly

Art 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Phone: Mary Cowitz 543-6019 School: Old Mission School E-mail: mcowitz@

Course Summary: This is a biweekly combined history, appreciation and "hands-on" studio art program that emphasize the Fine Arts. Both one session and longer-term studio projects are presented with demonstration and examples. Students are then encouraged to work individually and creatively within the framework of the lesson. Projects are sequential, building upon the proper use of a wide variety of wet and dry media and developing skills and techniques unique to each media. Students receive close instructor supervision during their process as well as positive and instructive feedback on their products both immediately, in the classroom, as well as in a showcased "Fine Arts Faire". Biographies of key master artists and art movements are introduced and studied. Goals: Students will recognize, understand and utilize both the traditional depth cues and those that utilize shading in a two-dimensional work of art. Students will recognize, understand and utilize the design principles such as scale, economy, balance...etc. Students will demonstrate proper and creative use of basic wet and dry media (e.g. watercolor paints, oil pastels, charcoal) to create original

works of art with specific intent and/or meaning.

Students will be familiar with the work of several major artists and their art movements (e.g. Oldenberg, Warhol, Watts) Student// the design of everyday objects from various time periods and cultures Text: None Resources: Book Series: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists, Mike Venezia, Children's Press 1997; Instructor prepared PowerPoint presentations Project Examples: Big Shoe Little City (Watercolor) --- scale Aboriginal Paintings (Collage and Paint) -- cultural appropriation Rhythmic Abstraction (Colored Paper) ­ contrast/shape Architectural Sculpture (mixed medial) ­ armature construction Assessment: In class group critique, instructor feedback, portfolio

Technology 5 Course Outline

Instructor: Phone: Margaret Arroyo 543-6019 Ext. 35 School: Old Mission School E-mail:

Course Summary: Fifth Grade students learn and practice basic technological concepts including: Keyboarding skills using touch-typing applications Composing documents and using editing tools Creating publications using publishing software Creating a student website using publishing software Perform authentic internet searches, differentiating between fact and fiction Standard concepts of internet fair use and copyright laws Use of the internet as an effective and safe homework resource Multi-media such as Movie Maker and Audacity Technology activities that reinforce classroom core curriculum Desktop applications correlated with fifth-grade state standards Goals: Students learn the fundamentals of safety on the internet Students learn to basic touch-typing skills, memorizing the location keys on the keyboard through interactive typing activities Students learn to differentiate between fact and fiction with regards internet searches Students learn advanced editing and formatting techniques in Word Create a website using publishing software Students learn to perform complex searches using safe search engines Create a movie incorporating sound and slide transitions Classroom core curriculum is reinforced through standards-aligned computer courseware Assessment: In-class assessment through direct observation


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