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VLA Grade 5 Course Descriptions

English Language Arts 150

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

Students in Fifth Grade Language Arts engage in skill units to enhance reading fluency and comprehension. They are responsible for obtaining copies of The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, and Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. All three books are Newberry Award Books. Students are required to read these books, use the writing process to write several papers including a research paper, and present a variety of speeches. Students use rubrics to self-evaluate their work before submitting it to their teachers.

Math 150

2 Semesters: 36 Units

This course covers whole number addition, estimation, and addition properties; whole number subtraction; whole number multiplication and multiplication properties; whole number division; order of operations, squares, and roots; equivalent fractions and finding GCF; adding fractions with like denominators, expressing improper fractions as mixed numbers, and finding LCD; adding fractions with unlike denominators, subtracting fractions, and estimating fractions; adding and subtracting mixed fractions; multiplying and dividing fractions, ratios, and listing outcomes; equivalent decimals, and rounding and estimating with decimals; decimal place value, comparing decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, and equations and inequalities; multiplying and dividing decimals; patterns and variables; percents, fractions, and decimals; customary units of measurement; metric units of length, weight, and capacity; angles and angle measurement; geometry: lines, paths, angle properties, congruency; types of measurement units, and finding perimeter of polygons; finding area of triangles and quadrilaterals; circles and circumference; 3-dimensional shapes, volume and surface area; negative numbers and graphing in the coordinate plane, types of graphs and data collection; central measures of tendency and constructing a line graph; constructing a circle graph and complex graphs; making predictions and rate of change; probability.

Science 150

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

Earth and space sciences are investigated in more detail in grade five. Earth's characteristics, resources and location in the solar system are identified and their implications explored. Students also learn about the interrelationship of organisms and ecosystems and simple food chains and food webs. Energy and energy transfer through an electrical current are addressed. Fifth-graders describe and illustrate the design process and describe the positive and negative impacts of human activity and technology on the environment. Students observe, measure and collect data when conducting a scientific investigation; students use this information to formulate inferences and conclusions; and students develop skills to communicate the results.

Social Studies 150

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In this course, students will focus on the geography of the continent of North America. Students learn how people came to the continent and about the land and resources they found. Citizenship skills build as students learn about U.S. history and the democratic government of the United States. Students continue to develop research skills by obtaining information from multiple sources.

Spanish 150

1/2 Semesters: 18 Units
Students in Spanish 150 will continue the exploration of the Spanish language, traditions and culture. In each unit, students will continue to be introduced to new Spanish vocabulary, as well as review and put to use, previously learned vocabulary. Students will take a closer look at Spanish pronunciation and rules for accentuation, and be provided with many opportunities to practice speaking, in order to sound more like a Native Spanish-speaker. The students will continue to learn about sentence formation, and begin to write about things they know, in the Spanish language. They will work with gender and formality and learn to respond to questions, using their own personal opinion. In addition, they will have the opportunity to view videos and listen to podcasts and music from Spanish-speaking countries and replicate cultural objects, in order to gain a greater understanding of the target language and culture. 
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