This course is designed to foster the development of effective communication skills. The primary focus of this course will be the
development and mastery of effective reading strategies to increase fluency,
and enhance both comprehension and appreciation of academic and real-life
reading situations. The
Communications program encompasses the areas of
reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening. Our Curriculum is based on the PA Core
Standards and contains the reading of both fiction and nonfiction texts.
This course is designed to foster the development of effective numeracy skills. The primary focus of this course will be to
expand the study of numbers to include the mastery of decimals and fractions
and apply mathematical skills and concepts in real world situations. Our Curriculum is based on the PA Core
This course is designed as an inquiry based course that builds on a
child’s interest and desire to learn about the world around them. When possible, science and reading are linked
through nonfiction texts. Our
Curriculum is based on the PA Science Standards.
Fifth Grade Science includes
the following areas of study:
Mixtures and Solutions
Chemistry is the study of
the structure of matter and the changes or transformations that take place in
it. Learning about the makeup of substances gives us knowledge about how things
go together and how they can be taken apart. Learning about changes in
substances is important for several reasons: changes can be controlled to
produce new materials; changes can be used to give off energy to run machines.
The Mixtures and
Solutions Module has four investigations that introduce
students to these fundamental ideas in chemistry as suggested in the
Pennsylvania State Standards.
All living things depend
on the conditions in their environment. The study of the relationships between
one organism and its environment builds knowledge of all organisms. With this
knowledge comes an awareness of limits. Changes in an environment can be hard
on organisms. Such knowledge is important because humans can change
environments. To do so without awareness of possible consequences can lead to
disasters. The Environments Module consists of six investigations that
introduce students to these basic concepts in environmental biology as outlined
in the Pennsylvania State Standards.
The Energy Module
consists of five investigations that allow students to experience solar energy
firsthand and to investigate the variables that affect solar-energy transfer.
They are also introduced to other alternative energy resources as required in
the Pennsylvania State Standards.
Some of the most important
scientific concepts students learn are the result of their ability to see
relationships between objects and events. Relationships always involve
interactions, dependencies, and cause and effect. The Variables Module
has four investigations that help students discover relationships through
controlled experimentation. Students will fling, float, fly, and flip objects
as they discover relationships in each investigation. These align with the
Pennsylvania State Standards.
This course is designed to build a child’s
understanding of the world and community around them. When possible, social studies and
reading are linked through nonfiction texts.
Our Curriculum is based on the PA History, Geography, Economics,
and Civics and Government Standards.