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Fourth/Fifth Grade

Welcome to Fourth/Fifth Grade!


Fourth Grade:

Reader's Workshop: Readers Workshop is the literacy curriculum we use to help our students learn reading strategies to become better readers. Reader's Workshop begins with a 10 minute whole group mini lesson focusing on a reading strategy followed by an activity on the focus and 30 minutes of independent reading. This will look a little different with distance learning but our goal is to have small groups every day of school. 

Writer's Workshop: We will be using Writers Workshop, for writing instruction. It follows the large group mini lesson and independent writing time detailed above. It is important to remember that writer's write, we will be writing every day and we encourage all of our students to keep a personal journal throughout the year! 

Social Studies and Science: These subjects are integrated into our daily units of study.


Fifth Grade:

In fifth grade, we work on mastering a variety of skills in our reading lessons. Below you will find each of the standards we incorporate into our mini lessons with the whole group as well as standards we focus on in our small guided reading groups. 

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Describe how a narrator’ s or speaker’ s point of view influences how events are described.

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature and other texts including stories, dramas, and poetry at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently and independently. Self -select texts for personal enjoyment, interest, and academic tasks.


In writing this year, students will explore writing on a variety of topics. Students will create polished drafts of a personal narrative, an interpretive essay, research essay, biography Keynote presentation, opinion based essay, memoir, and a poetry unit. Students will explore and participate in all parts of the writing process from brainstorming, to proofreading their rough drafts and adding detail and transitions to writing their final drafts. 


Fourth Grade:

We will be using the Everyday Math curriculum which was developed by the University of Chicago School of Mathematics project. With our teaching we will be prioritizing the standards that the students will see a lot of throughout the year. Units of study in fourth grade include: geometry figures, multiplication, division, estimation, fractions, decimals, percents, rates, area, perimeter, organizing data through charts and graphs, solids, weight, and measures.


Fifth Grade:

In fifth grade, students work on mastering a variety of mathematical concepts.  Students will explore finding the mean, median and range of different sets of data.  They also look at fractions and decimals, reading and creating graphs from various data, finding the volume and area of both 2D and 3D shapes, and reading and solving real world story problems. 

Students will also have IXL accounts set up for them which we will use to practice skills in the classroom.  Students can login at home and use it to practice! 

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teachers


Fourth Grade:

Read 20-30 minutes every day, fill out reading log and return with signature every Friday

Writing sent home on Mondays and Wednesday, Math sent home Tuesdays and Thursdays


Fifth Grade:

Read 50 minutes every day

Math homework packet every Thursday - due back Wednesday

Planners sent home every day, checked weekly for signatures

Check in with your child each night to see what they worked on each day