When students enter St. George’s Fifth Grade classroom, they know it is a positive learning environment that welcomes the expression of ideas and opinions. There is no “fear factor.” Students know they can openly discuss topics, make judgments, and justify positions without fear of ridicule. Everyone’s ideas are valued. The atmosphere in our room generates students who love to read, write, and learn.
-Grammar, spelling, vocabulary development, reading comprehension skills, and writing and literature appreciation
-Guided reading groups are utilized while learning comprehension skills and strategies.
-Literature circles are utilized whereby the students discuss their reading experiences
-Literature selections include: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tuck Everlasting, The Secret Garden, and Charley Skedaddle
–Research skills taught using MLA style
-Technology labs provide an opportunity to develop technological skills
-Study of American History beginning with the Native Americans and continuing through the events of the Civil War
-Learning through critical thinking, interaction, role-playing, and writing are all used as an interactive approach to help students understand the true experiences of American History. The goal of SGES History program is to have student related historical events to similar experiences which they can related to in an attempt to make history come alive for them.
-Focus on learning to solve problems that apply to real-life situations,
-Problem solving techniques are taught thru the use of Everyday Mathematics curriculum
-Students review and advance general concepts of math practices: place values, graphing, fractions, decimals, measurements, and geometry. Students explore foundations in algebraic concepts.
-Students are taught by allowing them to discover through labs, experiments, and activities utilizing the scientific method to guide them.
-Topics include earth, physical, and life science units such as space, ecosystems, simple machines and motion, matter and energy, cells and genetics