•Working with Information
•The Story of Our Language
•Reading and Writing Stories
•Working with Words
•Reading and Study Skills
Math 500 is a full-year elementary math course focusing on number skills, mathematical literacy, and geometric concepts. Students will gain solid experience with number theory and operations, including whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. In addition, students will develop their understanding of measurement and two- and three- dimensional figures. This course also integrates mathematical practices throughout the units, as well as introducing students to algebraic, statistical, and probability concepts.
•Use their main senses for observation of the world around them.
•Demonstrate an understanding of cells and their structure, both plant and animal.
•Differentiate between plants, animals, fungi, protozoa, and algae.
•Explain interactions between different life forms.
•Discuss various energy transformations.
•Demonstrate an understanding of fossil types and the formation of fossils.
•Describe the layers of the earth, landforms, and sources of change.
•Understand natural cycles.
•Identify significant explorers, such as Christopher Columbus, Francisco Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, and Samuel de Champlain, noting their accomplishments.
•Understand how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American independence.
•Understand political and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century, including changes resulting from the Industrial Revolution, and explain how these changes led to conflict among sections of the United States.
•Describe the causes and effects of the Civil War and its aftermath.
•Apply geographic tools, including maps, legends, and symbols.
•Locate and describe U.S. regions made up of various groups of states, such as New England and the Great Plains
In the fifth grade spelling course, students will delve into relevant spelling rules and word families throughout thirty weeks of instruction. Students will practice phonics skills including phonograms, compound words, and vowel-consonant-vowel patterns. Course units also include significant incorporation of word parts such as prefixes and suffixes. Units include review of base and root words, silent words, and homophones. These lessons not only meet instructional needs for spelling, but also reinforce language arts skills including application of the writing process and reading comprehension.
Each unit represents a specific spelling rule or word family. Each unit contains five short assignments per week that can be taught as a stand-alone course, or can easily integrate with English Language Arts curriculum. Lessons and projects include media to support the content, as well as incorporation of rubrics for clear assessment.
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