Term Outlines

FIRST TERM CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2017-2018

GRADE 5

 

 

LANGUAGE

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

 

Independent Novel Study

Students will be required to select a teacher approved novel for their Independent Novel Study, which they are expected to work on at home throughout the term. The Independent Novel Study is due by December 2nd  2016.

 

In-Class Novel Study
'Bridge to Terabithia'
Students will embark on a journey into a fantasy world of excitement and tragedy. Through this award winning novel by Katherine Paterson, students will be drawing upon the novel to focus on several areas of the language arts, including grammar, spelling and vocabulary, creative writing, and reading comprehension. Students will engage in a variety of activities throughout the unit drawing on other subject areas for enrichment including physical education, art, music, science, and geography.

 

Poetry

Students will begin the term studying a variety of poetry styles and different poets. Students will have the opportunity to create and share their own poetry, strengthening their writing and oral presentation skills.

 

Creative Writing

Students will end the term studying a variety of creative writing forms including songs, children’s literature etc. As students continue to develop their writing skills, students will be write a short story as their final project for this unit.

 

 

GRAMMAR

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

Students will continue their learning of the different parts of speech and grammatical concepts. The focus of this year in grammar is to strengthen student’s understanding in the following areas:

A) parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun, conjunction, interjection)

B) parts of the sentence (subject, predicate, clauses, and kinds of sentences)

C) punctuation (period, quotation marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, hyphen, and parentheses).

 

 

SPELLING

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

New vocabulary is derived from the language units so students have a context in which to learn new words.  Students will be reinforcing their understanding of new words by learning to spell, define, identify the part of speech the word belongs and to be able to use it comfortably within their writing.

 

MATHEMATICS

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

Students will be working from the Saxon Math program. In addition to this the program will be enriched using resources from the Jump Math program. Lastly students will also be given a weekly opportunity to work on 'Math Games' that will be provided online for the students to not only use at school but at home as well.

Each Saxon lesson will follow a similar setup, which will include a 3 tier system. First students will be involved in a 'Power Up', which helps students reinforce basic math skills and lead the student to the proper frame of mind. The second part will be the 'lesson', in which a new concept is presented to the student. Here we will work on practice problems as a class, as well as examine different strategies to solve the problems. Finally students will be assigned written practice, which will test the concepts that the student has learned during the lesson.

Students will be assessed on their mathematical skills throughout the term, both formally and informally, and will also be graded on completion of their daily homework.

Units throughout the year will vary but include everything from algebra, data analysis, geometry and advanced problem solving.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

During first term, students will be working on their first unit, Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada. Students will analyse some key short and long-term consequences of interactions among and between First Nations and European explorers and settlers in New France prior to 1713. Students will utilize an inquiry process to investigate aspects of interactions among and between First Nations and Europeans in Canada prior to 1713 from the perspectives of the various groups involved. Lastly, students will describe significant features of and interactions between some of the main communities in Canada prior to 1713, with a particular focus on First Nations and New France.

 

 

SCIENCE

(Mrs. Safi)

 

 

Unit 1:  Human Organ Systems 
The focus of this unit is the human body, is various systems, and the care of each system.  Students will investigate these systems, explore was to maintain them through proper nutrition and exercise, and relate this knowledge to technological and lifestyle considerations, such as medical advances and media influences.  Throughout the unit, students will be building models and conducting research. 
 
The students will assess the effects of social and environmental factors on human health.  Students can then suggest ways for humans to benefit from those social and environmental factors that are positive, as well as ways to reduce the impact of those that are harmful. 
 
Unit 2:  Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms 
In this unit, students will develop an understanding of forces be designing and building mechanical devices and structures.  They will identify the forces acting on and within structures and mechanisms and give simple description of the forces.  Students will also examine the effects of forces from natural phenomena on society and the environment.

 

 

VISUAL ART

(Ms. Rock)

 

 

 

In art this year, students will study and analyze a different artist monthly. Students will then have the opportunity to create and present artwork inspired by the artist they have learned about that month. While doing so, students will learn about the elements and principals of design, and will have an opportunity to reflect on their creative pieces. Artwork will also be created based on the year’s holidays and seasons.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(Mr. Henderson)

 

Low organized Cooperative Games: full participation, understanding of rules, developing team play and strategies, developing strong sportsmanship and fair play attitudes.

Throughout the first and term, students will be focusing on the following:  

-low organized games  

-co-operative play activities  

-beep tests  

-fitness boot camp  

-strength, speed, and agility training  

-volleyball skills, drills, and games -ball hockey skills, drills, and games  

-tossing and catching games  

-badminton skills, drill and games 

 

 

MUSIC

(Mrs.Hybrant)

 

 

 

 

The students will begin the term by reviewing treble clef note reading and identifying time values. Fifth grade students will be introduced to bass clef note reading. Students will learn to identify tones and semitones. They will build on previous knowledge with respect to reading scores (measures, systems, lines and repeat symbols). The majority of the practical program will focus on vocal performance. Students will practice elements such as breathing, sustain and diction. There will be a limited number of instrumental classes throughout the first term (instrumental will be the main focus during the second term). During the instrumental program of the second term, there will be more emphasis on playing individual parts and merging them with others to form an ensemble arrangement.

The students will also begin their study of the tonal system and the major scale. Bi-weekly theory quizzes will be administered during term II along with regular playing assessments.

During the first term, the students will also focus on preparing for

* Remembrance Day

* GAA Annual Christmas Recording

* Christmas Play

In the second term, the students will prepare for

* Spring Concert

* Music Monday

* Graduation

HEALTH &     PEOPLE SKILLS

(Ms. Rock)

 

During the first term students will focus on two of the four grade 5 health units; Healthy Eating and Personal Safety/Injury Prevention.

 

Healthy Eating:

Students will learn how to read nutrition fact tables and ingredient lists on food labels to give them the tools to make healthier choices.  They will find out how advertising and media influences affect food choices (tv commercials, product packages, etc) and learn how to evaluate them to make healthier choices.

 

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention:

Students will learn about people and support services that can assist with injury prevention, emergencies, bullying, and abusive or violent situations. They will learn to apply living skills and safety to help deal with stressful or threatening situations. Students will examine how a person’s actions, either in person or online, can affect their own and others’ feelings, self-concept, emotions well-being, and reputation. Assessments will include dramatic presentation, role playing, and a mini-project.

 

 

 

FRENCH

(Mr.Rodayan)

 

 

During this term, students will learn how to utilize a storage site and will be refreshed on their understanding of USBs in order to be able to access their files readily at school and at home. Social media sites will be discussed and students will look at how social media can have a positive influence within our society. Knowledge of internet safety and cyber-bullying will also be discussed. Lastly, Students will review how to cite websites and incorporate them into their own works. They will also practice determining websites that have accurate and reliable information.

 

DRAMA

(Ms. Rock)

 

In drama class, students will be applying different elements and conventions of drama to communicate feelings, ideas and stories. They will also learn about a variety of drama and theatre forms, traditions and styles from the past and present, and their socio-cultural and historical contexts.

 

Throughout the first term students will engage in dramatic games, improvisation and monologues. They will be reading scripts as well as writing and presenting scripts.

 

 

COMPUTERS

(Mrs.Safi)

 

 

 

During this term, students will learn how to utilize a storage site and will be refreshed on their understanding of USBs in order to be able to access their files readily at school and at home. Social media sites will be discussed and students will look at how social media can have a positive influence within our society. Knowledge of internet safety and cyber-bullying will also be discussed. Lastly, Students will review how to cite websites and incorporate them into their own works. They will also practice determining websites that have accurate and reliable information.