5th Grade

Teacher

SARAH DONOVAN
sdonovan@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

Students focus on the concept of God as Trinity. They study the four marks of the Catholic Church and the meaning of the sacraments of initiation, healing and vocation. There is an emphasis on the Ten Commandments and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as well as on the many opportunities for ministry in word, worship, and service. The lives of the saints provide examples of Christian living. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Students explore the concepts of human families and God’s family, using one’s senses to learn about the world, that all living things reproduce, and God’s call for us to live in community.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Junior Great Books, The Great Books Foundation
  • Grammar, Usage, and Writing, Zaner-Bloser
  • Everyday Spelling, Pearson
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS

Students read stories and novels for oral fluency and acquisition of comprehension, vocabulary skill development through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore texts in-depth as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas and extend their thinking. The Accelerated Reader Program, based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guides them to books that are difficult enough in order to keep them challenged. The self-paced Wordly Wise Vocabulary online program aids students in the building of their vocabulary skills and basic grammar mechanics for usage in writing Students learn to write in-depth the purpose and structure of narrative, informative/expository, opinion texts.  Students have multiple opportunities to write about what they have read to deepen their understanding of texts, analyze authors’ arguments, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

 

MATH

  • My Math, McGraw-Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students develop their number sense and accuracy in all orders of operation. Students read and write decimals as well as add, subtract, and multiply decimals. Students identify proper, improper, and mixed fractions. They compare, order, add and subtract fractions. Students explore plane and solid geometry, compute perimeter and area of simple polygons and use protractors to measure angles. The ST Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction. 1:1 iPad integration is utilized daily to reinforce acquisition of math skills and allows for differentiated opportunities.

 

​SCIENCE

  • Science, Scott Foresman
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Students study the science of life differences between living and nonliving things, about plant and animal cells, and about the human respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and excretory systems. In physical science, they learn about elements, mixtures, and compounds, and measurements of mass and volume. In earth science, they explore the earth, weathering of rocks, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and the solar system.  By participating in the weekly labs, students conduct scientific investigations based on the Scientific Method in preparation for the school-wide Science Fair.  Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study.  Students participate in the Catalina (overnight) Island Ecology Safari to expand their scientific knowledge of marine biology, geology, ecology and astronomy.  Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts. Interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Students focus on American history, including such topics as the native inhabitants of America, early immigrants and early explorers, colonization, the struggle for independence, the Revolutionary War and mapping skills. They examine the geography (four regions) of the United States. Student participation in the living history experience of “Walk through the American Revolution” deepens their understanding of early life in America. Students take on roles of famous early Americans and stage important battles of the Revolutionary War. During International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, Logic and Physical Education