In fifth grade,
students begin to synthesize their knowledge of different texts to make comparisons and connections between events and characters. They develop skills to follow the growth of characters throughout a novel, recognize themes, and determine authors' purposes.
Students continue their daily writer's workshop, where they create true
and fictional stories, opinions, and research topics culminating in research projects meant to inform an audience. They also learn to write through Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), a writing approach that enables students to take charge of how they self-regulate their thought processes while writing.
We continue to work with students to participate in collaborative
conversations and demonstrate the standard English grammar in speaking
and in writing.
Our spelling program is Words Their Way, which differentiates
spelling instruction based on students' own developmental stage. Through
this program, students progress through the 5 stages of spelling
development through explicit teacher instruction and student exploration
of spelling patterns.
Massachusetts has adopted the Common Core State Standards, which has
designated specific skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening,
and language at each grade level.
Click on the links on the left side of the page and you will be able to view these standards.