We read a variety of books during the fifth grade, some tied to the history we study this year, and some for their literary value. Students learn to read, analyze, and write about literature, with oral discussions, comprehension activities, and oral presentations. These books include: Pedro’s Journal, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit, Hatchet, Sing Down the Moon, Treasure Island, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Streams to the River, River to the Sea, Shades of Grey, The Red Badge of Courage, and a short story collection.
This subject covers the Writing Process, as well as sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives, capitalization, pronunciation, pronouns, adverbs, and prepositions. We also use a Wordly Wise workbook to encourage vocabulary development. The students will write research reports, a biography, as well as fiction. We will practice creating outlines, researching, taking notes, writing a first draft, revising, and making a final draft.
We use a spelling workbook that has new words for the students to learn each week. Each Monday they take a pretest, we work with the words all week in class and for homework, and then each Friday there is a spelling test. In addition, there is an Academy Spelling Bee each year for students 1-5th grades.