Quarter By Quarter Overview of the 5th Grade Curriculum

2017 – 2018
Grade 5 Quarter by Quarter

Discovery School

CCSS Language Arts (Reading)
CCSS Language Arts (Writing)
CCSS Language Arts
Social Studies
Literary Genres

Bridge to Terabithia

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Informative Texts

Self-Selected Reading

Comprehension, Story Elements, Cause and Effect and Inference
Pre-Writing Strategies

Writing Process

The Six Traits of Writing (Organization and Ideas)

Descriptive writing

Paragraphs (review structure)


5 Paragraph Essay format
Note taking skills
Review nouns, pronouns , adjectives, and adverbs

Capitalization review

Uses of commas

Punctuating titles of works

High-frequency words and commonly misspelled words

Spelling changes when adding suffixes (-s, -ing, -ed, etc.)

Place Value through the Billions

Addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals through the billions

Multiplication of Whole Numbers and Decimals

Dividing with One-Digit Divisors

Micro Worlds

Civics and Government

Map Skills
The Egypt Game


My Side of the Mountain

Informative Texts (focus: Ancient Egypt)

Self-Selected Reading

Fiction text structures (Chapters, Parts, Plot Diagram)

Non-Fiction text structures (problem/solution, compare/contrast, chronological, cause/effect, etc.)
Writing Process

Kinds of Informative Writing (how-to, narrative, expository, etc.)

*5 Paragraph Essay format, formal research paper

Six + 1 Traits (Voice and  conventions)

Graphic novels (Egypt)

Transitional Words, Phrases and Clauses
Verbs and verb tenses, regular and irregular

Correcting shifts in verb tense

Form and use the perfect tense, regular and irregular

Prefixes and suffixes

Fixing run-on sentences

Punctuating dialogue
Commonly misspelled words

Spelling changes when adding suffixes
Dividing with Two Digit Divisors, whole and decimal numbers

Fractions: concepts and operations


Early Civilizations
Ancient Egypt

Tuck Everlasting

Island of the Aunts

Literature Circles / Book Clubs

Figurative language: similes, metaphors, idioms, hyperbole

Interpreting poetry

Myths and legends from ancient Greece

Author’s point of view and purpose

Non-Fiction Passages

Self-Selected Reading
Persuasive Writing


Writing Process

Six Traits (Word choice and sentence fluency)

Short Stories

Myths, legends (Ancient Greece)

Informational texts from digital sources (Social Studies)

Greek and Latin roots (spelling/vocab words based on 3-5 roots per week)

Conjunctions: coordinating, correlative, and subordinating

Compound and complex sentences

Sentence fluency: reducing, expanding, combining sentences

Measuring Solids

Food Chemistry

Ancient Greece

Esperanza Rising
Salsa Stories
The Wanderer

Myths and legends from Ancient Rome

Articles about children of migrant farmers in the U.S.

Articles about different Latin American cultures


Narrative writing

Sequence of events and transition words

Review all 6 Traits

Letter / Email writing: formal and informal


Greek and Latin roots (spelling words based on 3-5 roots per week)

Synonyms and antonyms, homographs and homophones

Multiple-meaning words

Prepositions and interjections

Proverbs and Adages

Data, Graphs, and Probability

Matter and Its Interactions

Ancient Rome

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