Grade 5

Language Arts 5

This course provides structured lessons on composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Through emphasis on spelling, students learn rK12tionships between sounds and spellings in words and affixes. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, build vocabulary, and help students become more independent and thoughtful readers.

Language Skills

  • Composition – Students practice writing, from planning to proofreading, as they write a memoir, an editorial, a research paper, a business letter, and more
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics – Students learn about parts of speech, punctuation, and research skills. They continue sentence analysis and diagramming
  • Vocabulary – The Vocabulary Workshop helps students enrich their vocabulary, develop word analysis skills, and prepare for standardized tests
  • Spelling – Students learn sound-symbol rK12tionships and spelling patterns, identify affixes and how they affect the meaning of words, and recognize base words and roots in rK12ted words

Literature

Students analyze, compare, and creatively respond to a variety of works. The emphasis is on classic works, including tales of Robin Hood and St. George; selections from Don Quixote and Shakespeare’s The Tempestand A Midsummer Night’s Dream; “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”; and Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Students read works of nonfiction, as well as four novels (selected from a long list of such classics as Pippi Longstocking, Call It Courage, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

Details

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 120 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Fourth Grade Language Arts
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Math + 5

This research-based course focuses on computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving. The engaging course features new graphics, learning tools, and games; adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on; and more support for Learning Coaches to guide their students to success. This course for students in Grade 5 investigates whole numbers through practical situations in rounding, exponents and powers, and elementary number theory. Students begin addition and subtraction of integers and apply all of their work with rational numbers to problem-solving experiences. The study of algebra includes work with variables, solving equations and inequalities, using formulas within geometry and measurement, and work within the coordinate system. The study of geometry encompasses properties of lines, angles, two- and three-dimensional figures, and formal constructions and transformations.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Fourth Grade Math
  • Required Materials:

    Most materials will be delivered to your door. Any additional necessary items are easily found in a typical home.

Science 5

Students perform experiments, develop scientific reasoning, and recognize science in the world around them. They build a model of a watershed, test how cell membranes function, track a hurricane, and analyze the effects gravity. Students will explore topics such as:

  • Water Resources — water pollution; conservation; aquifers; watersheds; wetlands
  • The World’s Oceans — properties of ocean water; currents, waves, and tides; the ocean floor; marine organisms
  • Earth’s Atmosphere — layers; weather patterns, maps, and forecasts; fronts; El Niño; and the greenhouse effect
  • Forces of Motion — types of pushes or pulls; position and speed; inertia; energy as a measure of work; gravity and motion
  • Chemistry — structure of atoms; elements and compounds; the Periodic Table; chemical reactions; acids and bases
  • Cells and Cell Processes — structure; membrane function; respiration and photosynthesis; growth cycles; genes and DNA
  • Taxonomy of Plants and Animals — levels of classification; plants, animals, monerans, viruses, protists, and fungi
  • Animal Physiology — circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and immune systems

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Fourth Grade Science
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

History 5: American History A

The first half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the arrival of the first people in North America through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students investigate Native American civilizations; follow the path of European exploration and colonization; assess the causes and consequences of the American Revolution; examine the Constitution and the growth of the new nation; and analyze what led to the Civil War and its aftermath.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Art 5: American Art A

Following the timeline of the K¹² History program, Intermediate Art: American A introduces students to the artists, cultures, and great works of art and architecture of North America, from pre-Columbian times through 1877. Students will:

  • Study and create various works, both realistic and abstract, including sketches, masks, architectural models, prints, and paintings
  • Investigate the arts of the American Indians, and Colonial and Federal America
  • Create artworks inspired by works they learn about, using many materials and techniques—after studying John James Audubon’s extraordinary paintings of birds, students make bird paintings with realistic color and texture, and they make weavings inspired by the colors and patterns of Navajo blankets

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 72 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Music 5: Exploring Music

Exploring Music is for the fifth grade aged elementary student who is new to the K¹² Music program. This course presents the basics of traditional music appreciation through the singing and the study of music in history and culture. Students begin by studying some of the most important classical composers, and then study traditional music from around the country and around the world. Finally, they learn how to follow the form of a piece of music.

The course opens with the study of composers from the Baroque and Classical periods. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are all studied with a focus on their lives and the impact of their times on the music they created. Students then study the traditional music of the major cultural regions of the world, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Students learn how the music of these cultures fit into the history and daily life of the people, and learn to identify some of the unique instruments in these cultures.

Students then return to their study of composers, studying the lives and music of Romantic and early Modern period composers. They learn about the expansion of emotional expression in the music of composers like Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. They also see how a renewed interest in national culture helped inspire the music of Dvorak, Mussorgsky and Bartok. And they learn about the revolutionary changes in music at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Students then take more time to study the music and cultures of the regions of the United States. They focus on how the history and ethnicity of areas of our country is reflected in its music. Finally, they study five of the most important forms of music, learning to recognize and map the structure of many different pieces of music.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 34 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Music 5: Intermediate Music 3

Intermediate Music 3 begins by introducing the student to all the notes of the major scale, from low so all the way up to high do. Students also learn to recognize and sing the natural minor scale. Students expand their knowledge of rhythm with simple syncopated patterns. This semester introduces students to the Modern period in music, with listening activities to help them recognize Modern music and identify pieces by individual composers. Near the end of the year explore the folk music of the American continent as they follow the expansion of the country westward. And at the end of the year, they learn to recognize the major forms of classical music, the song form, theme and variations, rondo, sonata, and fugue forms.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 32 Lessons – 45 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: Intermediate Music 1 and 2
  • Required Materials:

    Required materials will be shipped to your door though some lessons require additional resources, including common household items and books that are readily available online or in your local library.

Elementary Spanish

The Spanish Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more Spanish. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. In addition, students learn to perform a different simple story each semester. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major Spanish- speaking areas in Europe and the Americas.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary French

The French Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story, which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more French. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major French-speaking areas in Europe and across the globe.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary German

The German Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on an immersive Diglot WeaveTM story, which runs throughout the course with weekly episodes beginning in English and each day weaving in more German. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented through multi-media CultureGramsTM lessons covering cultural aspects of major German-speaking areas in Europe.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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Elementary Latin

The Latin Elementary course consists of 180 lesson days formatted in an intuitive calendar view, which can be divided into two 90-day semesters. The content for each week is based on a You-are-there adventure story, which runs throughout the course with regular episodes. Although the course focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition, basic grammar principles are intuitively grasped through the story, games, activities, and assessments. Culture lessons are presented about significant practices or products of the Latin world or its influence on contemporary manifestations.

  • Course Length: 1 year – 180 Lessons – 60 minutes
  • Curriculum Provider: K12
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:

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