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Language Arts - 5th Grade

Our combination class of 4th and 5th graders allows many opportunities for students to work at their own level in language arts. We often integrate activities with our social studies curriculum such as reading historical fiction and non-fiction texts in book groups. We use the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop and rotate the units of both 4th and 5th grade.

READING
 
Units of Study
  • 3 fiction units each year, at least one integrated with social studies
  • Reading of nonfiction
Approaches to Learning
  • Guided reading
  • Read aloud
  • Independent reading
  • Technology tools for research
     
WRITING
 
Units of Study
  • Poetry
  • Realistic fiction
  • Biography
  • Information writing
  • Historical fiction
  • Literary and opinion essays
Approaches to Learning
  • Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop
    • Drafting
    • Revising
    • Editing
    • Publishing
  • Spellwell Program
  • Wordly Wise and content-related vocabulary
  • Technology tools for writing