5th Grade Science and Social Studies
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In this fifth-grade course, students explore a wide variety of social studies and science topics while building their skills in informational reading and writing. Though it can be used to teach science and social studies content, this course is an important component of Match’s fifth-grade English Language Arts curriculum.
Both social studies units challenge students to consider how groups of people have fought for their rights, particularly immigration and civil rights. It is our hope that both units will inspire and motivate students to see that groups of ordinary people can fight to change the world, no matter what obstacles they face. Both science units challenge students to think about the way things around them (both natural and man made) work and interact, starting with a study of ecosystems and ending with a unit on inventions. Through readings and hands-on experiments, fifth graders will become more motivated and inspired by the world of science.
At Match Elementary School, we structure our 70- to 90-minute fiction block so that over the course of the week students have a chance to grapple with the text and themes of the unit in multiple ways. We aim to ensure that students spend the majority of class time deeply engaged with the text, either individually or as a class, annotating, writing, and discussing key themes and questions. Target tasks are a central part of each daily lesson and offer opportunities for writing and discussion that both deepen students’ understanding of the content and build their writing and discussion skills. These writing target tasks and the longer more focused writing tasks embedded in the units are the primary focus for writing instruction at Match; students do not have a separate writing block. Starting with unit 2, students also begin daily practice with answering multiple-choice questions that require deep consideration and analysis of the texts and themes.