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Fall 2016:


Fifth graders in Bismarck Public Schools recieve standards based grading (1, 2, 3, 4).

English Language Arts:

We have a two hour reading block every afternoon, except on Fridays. During this time the students are engaged in various reading activities. A few examples are read to self, read to someone, word work, listen to reading, group with teacher, and work on writing.

-During read to self students practice stamina in their reading alone.
-During read to someone students work on their fluency skills with other students.
-During word work students work on vocabulary.
-During listen to reading students listen to others read and give feedback.
-During group with teacher students work on the reading skill and story of the week.
-During work on writing students work on writing skills, including spelling.

In fifth grade we use Benchmark Reading. Students are exposed to various genres of reading, mixing both fiction and nonfiction stories. We will have debates, perform plays, incorporate writing, and much more each month.

Fall focus:

Students are starting the year off with BOY assessments, including Map Testing, Aims Web Fluency, and comprehension.

Once complete, we will dive into reading. Below are some of the learning targets we will be covering.

5.RL.10- Read and comprehend literature.
5.RI.01- Quote accurately from literature when drawing inferences.
5.RL.02- Determine the theme of a literature story.
5.L.06- Use general and domain specific words and phrases to better understand each of the words.
5.SL.01- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
5.SL.04- Report on a topic or present an opinion; speaking clearly at a good pace.


In fifth grade we focus on three specific types of writing: narrative, persuasive, and informative.

To start the year, we will focus on a narrative, where students get the chance to share an experience with the class through their writing. They will be creating an art on perspective to go with their writing.

Throughout the remainder of the year, we will continue to connect art with our writing.

Standards covered this fall in writing:
5.W.03- Write a narrative using effective technique, detail, and clear sequence.
5.W.04- Produce writing which is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5.W.05- Develop writing by planning, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
5.W.06- Use technology to produce and publish writing and collaborate with others.
5.W.07- Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge.


This fall, we are starting our first unit on multiplication. First we have to complete the BOY assessments. Students will learn how to multiply a three digit by two digit number using standard algorithm.

We will also go over key vocabulary to better understand multiplication.

Standards covered in math this month:
MAT-05.NBT.05- Fluently multiply whole digit numbers.

Social Studies:

Fifth grade social studies has been very hands-on, project based. We have debates, use a lot of technology, and go on many study trips.

To start the year, the students will do a review of world geography and learn some spatial terms that will guide their learning throughout the year.

We will then go back to the year 10,000 BC to learn about the First Americans and migration. We will continue and learn about regional Native American groups and how they influenced America.

To end the fall, we will learn about early explorers.

Standards covered in social studies this fall:
SST.05.1.05- Use spatial terms to describe the world.
SST.05.2.05- Describe the migration patterns of people from Asia to the Americas.
SST.05.2.06- Explain how regional Native American groups influenced U.S. history.
SST.05.5.01- Explain the impact of climate, geography, and available resources on the daily lives of Native Americans.
SST.05.2.07- Explain reasons for early exploration.


Mrs. Mettler will be teaching science and health this year. Feel free to contact her for more information.

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