Horseheads Intermediate School
Welcome to Fifth Grade
5th Grade Academics Overview
|English Language Arts (ELA):
|We use the Guided Reading framework for ELA instruction. This approach utilizes literature and informational text to focus on comprehension, oral language, word study, reading, and language arts. Research and library skills will be taught to help the students realize the potentialities of the language arts learning outcomes and performance tasks. Students will engage in writing arguments to support claims, narratives to develop events, and informative/explanatory texts to analyze relevant content. The students will be completing district-wide common performance tasks at the completion of each unit. There will be several novels that students will read or hear this year. Additionally, the students will be reading informational articles and answering a variety of types of questions based on those articles. Our curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Standards which can be found at http://www.nysed.gov/next-generation-learning-standards.
|We use Tang Math and Mid-School Math as resources to provide a wide variety of learning opportunities. There is also a committee in place that, has been and will continue to, align skills needed to meet the Next Generation Standards. You can find these standards at http://www.nysed.gov/next-generation-learning-standards. It is essential that your child know their basic math facts in order to understand and solve problems within all of the standards. Although time may be spent in school reviewing basic facts, reinforcement is helpful and strongly encouraged at home to help your child achieve mastery. As with ELA, students will engage in Performance Tasks to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of standards taught.
|The aim of the science curriculum is to increase the student’s scientific literacy through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education. This will be accomplished by developing skills, positive science attitudes, and acquiring knowledge about the natural world. Students will demonstrate their growth in scientific literacy through investigations. Hands on activities will be used in the classroom often throughout the year through the FOSS Science Program. For more information on the FOSS program your child will be using, visit https://fossnextgeneration.com/state/new-york/. Along with math and ELA state tests, students will also take the fifth grade NYS science test. This will include a written portion as well as hands-on labs.
|Fifth grade social studies will focus on the study of the Western Hemisphere (the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Central and South America). The political, social, and economic concepts of the Western Hemisphere will be investigated along with the study of history and geography of those specified regions. We will be following: https://www.nysed.gov/sites/default/files/programs/curriculum-instruction/ss-framework-k-8a2.pdf
|Nicole Bennett, Jamie Davies, Maria Deebs, Jessica Dotts, Alyssa Fuller, Jennifer Gilbert, Carly Hays, Heather Henry, Kerry Ike, Stephanie May, Kirsten Mucci, Kieren Pennypacker