ELA - Reading & Writing
Wit & Wisdom: This year, our class will be part of a pilot of a curriculum called Wit & Wisdom from Great Minds. This curriculum uses rich, engaging texts, specific focus questions, and a variety of fun, engaging activities to help students learn essential reading and writing skills.
Novel Studies: We will periodically break into groups to read and discuss a common book. Our discussions will focus on comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills.
40 Book Challenge: Our 40 Book Challenge encourages students to read a variety of books and explore new genres. Students are given time in class to read, but to reach their goal students must read every day in class and at home.
Words Their Way Spelling: This spelling program meets students where they are within a 5-stage developmental process of spelling, working on a new list of words each week.
Caught'Ya Grammar: Caught'ya uses daily sentences from an engaging, ongoing, humorous storyline to teach and reinforce basic grammar usage.
My Math: My Math, from McGraw Hill, is a research-based, common-core aligned curriculum that provides a variety of tools to help students connect prior skills to deeper conceptual understanding and more complex processes.
ST Math: "ST Math is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to engage, motivate and challenge students toward higher achievement."
Fact Fluency: Fourth and 5th grade are important years to finish developing a solid foundation in number sense and fact fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division so that students' focus and energy are available for more complex concepts of middle and high school.
Physical Science (Forces that Change the Land) and Life Science (The Human Machine & Southern Resident Orcas)
Washington State History/Geography/Government
Bainbridge Island History