Reading and Language Arts
Reading instruction centers around Guided Reading Groups,
which use leveled texts. Through both fiction and nonfiction
texts, students focus on comprehension skills such as
paraphrasing, summarizing, identifying cause and effect,
identifying fact and opinion, making inferences, drawing
conclusions, sequencing events, and using context clues.
Teacher may also the Hanover County adopted Harcourt Reading
Series to reinforce comprehension skills. Students will read
a variety of novels and participate in Literature Circles,
Socratic Seminars, and Book Talks to further develop fluency
Teachers assess all students' reading levels at the
beginning and end of the year using the Hanover County
adopted Fountas-Pinnell Guided Reading assessment system.
These tests are used to determine reading level and assist
teachers in grouping students for reading.
Students will participate in Writer's Workshop, where they
receive instruction based on the 6+1 Writing Model. This
model focuses on the concepts of ideas, content, word
choice, fluency, voice, organization and conventions.
will be delivered following the Hanover County pacing guide
and using the Hanover County adopted Pearson enVision Math
text series. Students will be exposed to number talks and
performance tasks, which encourage students to use a variety
of problem-solving strategies. Mastery and memorization of
multiplication facts is imperative for success in the 5th
Math 5 Units
* Rounding Decimals
* Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals
* Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals
* Graphing and Statistics
* Algebra and Patterns
* Simplifying Numeric Expressions
* Geometry: Angles, Triangles and Quadrilaterals
* Faction and Decimal Number Sense
* Fraction Computation (Addition and Subtraction of
Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Regrouping)
* Measurement: Perimeter, Area, Volume, Circles, Units of
Measurement (customary and metric), and Time
Students will rotate to each 5th grade teacher for
approximately 6 weeks to study each unit. During this time,
4th grade science will be reviewed in preparation for SOL
testing in the spring.
Science Units include:
* 4th grade science review
* Animals, Plants and Cells
* Light and Sound
* Matter and Scientific Process
* Earth Science, Magnets and Electricity
Social Studies units include:
* Map Skills: Latitude, Longitude, Hemispheres, Continents
and Regions of the United States as they apply to World and
Assessments, SOL Testing, and Benchmark Testing
Students will take Math Benchmark tests at the end of the
1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks marking periods. Reading
Benchmark tests will be administered at the end of the 2nd
and 3rd nine weeks marking periods. A Writing Benchmark test
will be given in early March, to include both a direct
writing and multiple choice component.
Students will take SOL Tests in Math, Reading and Science.
The Math and REading SOL Tests will be broken into two
sessions, to be taken over a two-day period. The Science SOL
Test covers all 4th and 5th grade science units and is given
in one session. Students in Compacted Math will take a
Computer Adaptive Test in one test session.