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5th Highlights

Philanthropy: Underprivileged Children

 Through studying the conditions in which underprivileged children around the world live, students learn about and discuss ways to help.

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Biz Town

After weeks of preparation, students journey to the McGrath Family BizTown at Junior Achievement, where they perform real-world work simulations writing checks, managing costs, paying taxes, and being philanthropic.

Scripps Ocean Partnership: Floating Lab

Working with marine biologists, students gather living samples from the bay, making predictions, and answering questions about how their lives connect to local ocean habitats.

Walk through the American Revolution

This living history experience places the kids back in revolutionary times dressed in period clothing while learning about the birth of our nation.

State Float Parade

Students use this opportunity to showcase their research about a chosen state, allows kids to teach one another civics and develop an appreciation for the vast geographic and demographic diversity their country enjoys.

Fifth grade students receive 60 minutes receive one hour of math instruction per day as well as two forty minute Math Plus (see below) sessions per week.  They deepen their understanding as they extend previously learned concepts to new situations and they analyze problems in order to model mathematics using multiple representations and build connections between those representations.  Students reflect on the validity of their results while improving and revising their model.  The curriculum enhances students critical-thinking skills in preparation for middle school education.  Fifth grade curriculum includes whole number operations, fraction and decimal operations, measurement, algebraic thinking, and geometry.

Download the RSF Math Pathways Chart

Units of Study
Unit 1    Whole Number and Decimal Place Value Concepts
Unit 2    Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Operations
Unit 3    Developing Strategies for Fraction Operations
Unit 4    Extensions and Problem Solving Applications of Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimals
Unit 5    Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
Unit 6    Representing Algebraic Thinking
Unit 7    Graph Points on the Coordinate Plane to Solve Problems

Accelerated Math
In fifth grade accelerated mathematics, students are challenged to discover mathematical patterns and make generalizations to deepen their understanding of mathematics as it applies to the larger world.  A weekly Think Tank offers the ability to refine their communication skills as they listen to and compare mathematical arguments of others, ask clarifying questions, and justify their own conclusions.  The curriculum integrates sixth grade content, including ratios and proportional reasoning as well as algebraic expressions and equations.  Students in accelerated math at R. Roger Rowe School complete three years of mathematics in a span of two years.
Criteria for Placement in Accelerated Mathematics Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
•    MAP Test Results
•    SBAC Test  Results
•    OLSAT Test Results
•    District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.

Math Plus
During Math Plus, students in 5th grade are afforded two additional forty-minute sessions of mathematics instruction weekly.  Math Plus is designed to provide students an authentic opportunity for mathematical problem solving that promotes mathematical reasoning, making mathematical connections and communication skills.  Additionally, mathematicians play differentiated math games that encourage strategic thinking, enhance number sense, and promote fluency while supporting concept development and mastery.

Math Intervention- 5th Grade
For students who require more support in mathematics in addition to their grade-level mathematics instruction, a mathematics teacher provides students with differentiated instruction during three forty-minute sessions per week.  Students build on their prior knowledge to gain new skills and a solid foundation of mathematical understanding needed for continued progress.  Students are encouraged to see relationships and make connections between concepts as well as their mathematical representations.  The curriculum engages students in mathematical exploration of content through games, manipulative materials, and contexts that make abstract mathematical ideas accessible.

Workshop
The emphasis in math workshop is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most current research on mathematics instruction.  This instruction involves explicit teaching of skills and strategies, teacher modeling, and supported student practice.  Instruction follows a logical progression through the year and across grade levels.  Individual instruction is tailored to the learner based on the teacher’s ongoing assessment.  Our program emphasizes rigor: a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.  Instruction progresses through stages, from concrete to representational to abstract, to ensure students have a thorough understanding of the math concepts.  The elementary school mathematics curriculum focuses on developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Curriculum Resources
Fosnot
Rational Number Project
Eureka
MacMillan

Instructional Software Supports
ST Math
Compass Learning
Waggle™

 

 

 

Fifth grade students receive 60 minutes of Reading Workshop (see below) instruction per day.  Fifth graders learn to read ever-increasing, complex texts with strong literal and inferential comprehension. Students study the ways in which their texts are becoming more complex, and learn to reach for the strategies that they need for support. They are exposed to a wide variety of texts such as complex expository articles and books, multiple viewpoint novels, fantasy, and content area materials focused on the American Revolution. Research, note-taking, and presentation skills play a prominent role in the 5th grade classroom. In addition to reading within the units of study, students maintain an independent reading life of books of their choosing. Reading is supported not just during language arts time but also across the curriculum, and there is an equal division of time spent on reading informational and fiction texts.

Units of Study
• Agency and Independence
• Launching Reading with Experienced Readers
• Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction
• Interpretation Book Clubs
• Research and Advocacy
• Learning Through Reading-American Revolution
• Historical Fiction Book Clubs and Related Informational Text
• Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols

Advanced Reading Seminar

Fifth grade students who place into Advanced Reading Seminar will receive instruction by the classroom teacher in research based best practices that support advanced readers such as accelerated material, homogenous groupings, advanced comprehension skills instruction, research skills, opportunity for small group and whole class discussion as well as ongoing assessment, feedback, and goal setting.

• Instruction in reading challenging literature (classics, multi-cultural, complex expository text, multimedia texts)
• Independent/Interest Based study and project opportunities
• Technology Integration (research, presentation and publishing skills)
• Enhanced vocabulary study
• Critical Reading (interpretation, analysis and critique)

Reading Intervention
Students needing additional support in Reading may qualify for specialized instruction with a Reading Specialist. Classroom teachers make recommendation for this program.

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson: (10-15 minutes)
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction (35-40 minutes)
– Share (5 minutes)

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)

Instructional Software Support:
Compass Learning
Waggle

 

Fourth grade students receive 60 minutes of Writing Workshop (see below) instruction per day and 75 minutes of Word Study (see below) per week.  Fifth grade writers are taught to use a variety of techniques support elaboration.  Fifth graders come to the writing workshop with years’ worth of strategies and are taught to draw upon those strategies with increasing independence and facility as they move through the writing process. 5th grade students will explore the blending of Opinion, Narrative and Informational Writing as they produce Memoirs as well as Argument Essays grounded in research. Fifth grade students make productive use of the Internet and other technology to inform, revise, edit, and publish their writing.

Units of Study
Narrative Craft
• The Research-Based Argument Essay
• Literacy and Comparative Essay
• Informational Writing: Building on Expository Structures to Write Lively, Voice-Filled Nonfiction Picture Books.
• From Essay and Narrative to Memoir
• The Lens of History-Research Reports
• Authoring an Independent Writing Life

Word Study
The emphasis in word study is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most recent research on phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction.  During the word study block students are placed in groups based on their developmental spelling stage.  Language:
Language development continues to be a priority in fifth grade. Considerable emphasis is placed on reflecting on language. Conventions taught in previous grades are reinforced and new skills are introduced. For example, students learn to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense as well as how to use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence. An emphasis is placed on how the use of language conventions contributes to effective expression in speaking and writing.
Spelling and Vocabulary:
5th grade spellers continue to study and transfer spelling patterns related to syllabication rules as well as consider meaning units such as affixes (prefixes and suffixes). They will also begin to examine how many words can be derived from base words and word roots. This stage continues throughout adulthood, when individuals continue to read and write according to their interest and specialties.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a 10-15 minute “minilesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (Edition 5 by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston)
The Power of Grammar (Ehrenworth and Vinton)
More Prefixes and Suffixes: Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading
Comprehension (Trisha Callella)

Instructional Support Software:
Compass Learning
Waggle™

 

Fifth grade students receive 85 minutes of science instruction per week by a specialized science teacher.  In December Fifth grade science students also participate in the Hour of Code during science class where they learn how computer code is structured and how machines interpret instructions using age-appropriate software tools.  Fifth grade science units for the 2017-18 school year will be fully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Units of Study

• Plants and Cells
• Organs and Systems
• Water
• Weather
• The Solar System
• Matter and Chemistry

 

 

Students in grade five study the development of the nation up to 1850, with an emphasis on the people who were already here, when and from where others arrived, and why they came. Students learn about the colonial government founded on Judeo-Christian principles, the ideals of the Enlightenment, and the English traditions of self-government. They recognize that ours is a nation that has a constitution that derives its power from the people, that has gone through a revolution, that once sanctioned slavery, that experienced conflict over land with the original inhabitants, and that experienced a westward movement that took its people across the continent. Studying the cause, course, and consequences of the early explorations through the War for Independence and western expansion is central to students’ fundamental understanding of how the principles of the American republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.   Students describe the major pre-Columbian settlements, including the cliff dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River.

 

 

Spanish is in the Enrichment Wheel and takes place twice per week for 12 weeks.   This class is designed to expose students to the Spanish language, which will enable them to move more quickly and confidently through the foundational elements of the middle school Spanish program should they elect to take Spanish at this level.

TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is the primary method used with K-5 students. TPRS involves a mixture of reading and storytelling activities, which exposes students to the most high frequency vocabulary and grammar used in the Spanish language. The course also employs the TPR (Total Physical Response) method, which uses songs, interactive activities, writing, and the combination of language and physical movement to teach vocabulary, expressions and culture.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Fifth grade students receive physical education instruction concentrating on development of eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and ability to cooperate/participate in organized games. A P.E. specialist works with the children twice per week.

Units of Study
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Rhythmic Skills
Movement Concepts
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Fitness Concepts
Aerobic Capacity
Muscular Strength/Endurance
Flexibility
Body Composition
Group Dynamics

Curriculum Resources:
http://www.sparkpe.org/

Fifth grade students receive music instruction as a component of the Elective Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the 4-8 Choir or, based on an evaluation, the Band and Strings programs outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Fifth grade students receive drama instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the Jr. Theater program outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Fifth grade students receive computer technology instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines

Kindergarten students receive art instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 are provided with enrichment activities throughout the year.  They participate in an Elective Wheel comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Fifth grade students are eligible to participate in the Intro to FLL (Intro to First Lego League) Robotics after school program where they learn to program NXT and EV3 robots using a variety of sensors (color, sound, touch, ultrasonic, gyroscopic, etc.). This introductory First Lego League Program helps prepare students for our FLL program the following year or two after.  Students follow along on a self-paced video trainer and receive challenges by the instructor to perform and master before moving on to the next programming challenge.

More at RSF Robotics Home

Faculty

April Block

April Block

5th Grade Teacher

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Kristin Gerding

Kristin Gerding

5th Grade Teacher

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Charisse Grant

Charisse Grant

5th Grade Teacher

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Megan Loh

Megan Loh

5th Grade Teacher

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M. Stephen Riviere

M. Stephen Riviere

5th Grade Teacher

Phone: 858-756-1141