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Fifth Grade

5th Grade Art

“How very drab the lives of our children would be
If they looked, but did not see
Touched, but did not feel
Listened, but never took a curtain call.”
Wilson Riles

Art concepts taught at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, consist of: Line, shape, form, color, pattern, texture, space and composition.
Introduction to Art begins with drawing lines to form a turtle and a school bus. The children transpose their drawings to clay, where it becomes a three dimensional piece of art. From kindergarten through the 8th grade, drawing continues, consisting of gesture, contour drawing of heads, hands and body, one point perspective to optical illusions.
Throughout the grades, students will be exposed to painting, paper mache, collage, wire sculpture and clay. All children will view the art of the following artists: Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Henri Rousseau.
5th Grade Computer Science

All classrooms are equipped with multiple computers and a printer. Most of our classrooms have a Smartboard, an interactive whiteboard that turns your computer and data projector into a powerful tool for teaching and presenting.

The library has a computer center which allows our students the ability to do research through the software on the internet, create signs and write reports.

Our Computer Lab is equipped with twenty-seven flat screen multi-media computers, a printer and a scanner. Through the generous contribution of the Gruss Life Monument Fund, our students are able to have access to numerable enrichment materials in Math and English.
5th Grade English Language Arts
Language Arts - Reading
  • Choose a variety of genres to read
  • Maintain fluency
  • Identify topic, main idea, supporting details
  • Make predictions, inferences and comparisons
  • Examine and analyze characters and story structure in fiction
  • Increase vocabulary
  • Explore and respond critically to a variety of literature
  • Analyze and evaluate Author’s Craft
  • Apply strategies during reading and test preparation
  • Set reading goals and monitor progress
  • Recognize a variety of literacy devices
  • Follow multi-step directions
  • Compare & contrast ideas of point of view
  • Explain similarities and differences of different cultures and text using text based evidence
  • Recognize Author’s perspective

Writing - Use writing process
  • Write a biography
  • Write a narrative
  • Write a book review
  • Write poetry
  • Use spelling words
  • Use capitalization, punctuation & usage rules
  • Write a persuasive piece using “if & then” structure
  • Demonstrate fluency
  • Utilize transitional words and phrases
  • Implement grammar usage rules (subject/verb agreement, verb tense, and pronoun reference)
  • Implement the process of writing, which includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing
  • Prewriting-brainstorm and develop ideas
  • Drafting-use the prewriting plan to develop a piece
  • Revising-reread and make changes to draft
  • Editing- use resources to identify and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and usage
  • Publishing- final product
  • Reflecting – self-assessment, set goals for writing
  • Write using a variety of formats such as expository, narrative, descriptive, persuasive and poetic
  • Use of a variety of literary devices (similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia)
  • Evaluate/reflect on their writing
Spoken Language - Make oral presentations with an awareness of audience, purpose & information
5th Grade Judaic Studies

Hebrew Language Arts - In fifth grade the children are reading, writing, and speaking Hebrew, and continue to develop their proper use of grammar and syntax with an increased vocabulary. Their curriculum includes stories on how to develop critical thought and problem solving through the image of colored hats, each of which represents a different skill like thoughts, memories, feelings, etc.

Chummash - Torah study continues in the fifth grade with the stories of slavery in Egypt, Moses and the exodus from Egypt in the book of Shmot.. The children sharpen their skills of reading Chummash, deciphering the text, and learning to ask critical questions, beginning to read and compare between traditional commentaries and how to think on their own of the meaning and relevance of the text for their lives.

Holidays - Fifth graders deepen and expand their study of themes associated with the holidays, such as repentance, the story of Jonah, and Ushpizin, miracles, and Jewish history Special focus is on critical thinking skills analyzing personalities (character analysis) and texts (literary analysis) associated with the holidays. The curriculum also integrates general themes such as the phases of the moon and ecology.

ISRAEL - The Israel teaches the history of the pre-war state and the theme Zionism, leading into the continuity of symbols like the Israeli flag and the Tallit in Jewish history.

Tefillah (Prayer) - The children attend a daily Minyan together with fourth and fifth graders. In addition to reciting and singing the prayers, they are introduced to the meanings behind the words, and how the prayers relate to their lives. In addition, a special Tefillah class is conducted weekly which reviews correct reading of the prayers, and offers opportunities to share their feelings and personal meanings of the prayers. The focus of this class in fifth grade is the Kabbalat Shabbat in preparation for the annual fifth grade Shabbaton.

SHABBATON – A highlight of the fifth grade year is the Shabbaton in which the children spend a Shabbat together at school, learning to celebrate, participate, and appreciate a traditional Shabbat experience with traditional activities and social programming.
5th Grade Mathematics

Numerical and Proportional Reasoning
• Compare order and round whole numbers to 1,000,000 to include expanded form
• Convert decimals (tenths & hundredths) to equivalent factions and percents
• Use rectangular arrays to identify factor pairs and to classify numbers are prime, composite and square
• Demonstrate an understanding of fractions
• Add and subtract fractions, decimals and mixed numbers with like denominators and reduce to lowest terms.
• Add, subtract and use estimation to solve problems.
• Multiply and divide two and three digit numbers by one and 2 digit numbers
• Use estimation to predict results and decide whether answers are reasonable involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals

Geometry and Measurement
• Draw, analyze, compare and classify polygons
• Estimate and measure using customary and metric units in the area of length, area, weight and capacity to include millimeter, centimeter, meter & kilometer
• Find perimeter and area of squares and rectangles and triangles
• Solve and explain problems involving elapsed time and conversion of measures of time from days to minutes and seconds

Patterns and Algebraic Reasoning
• Describe mathematical relationships and situations using symbols and number sentences, tables and graphs
• Analyze and explain patterns and data to make predictions

Data and Statistics
• Explain probability and fairness including justifying answers
• Use line plots, bar graphs, pictographs, circle graphs and leaf/scatter plots
• Design and conduct a survey
• Create and draw reasonable conclusions from data in tables, pictographs, line, bar, circle, stem and leaf, line plots
• Identify possible outcomes of events
5th Grade Music
The Music Curriculum combines Hebrew/Israel and American songs while learning the fundamentals of music theory, musical instruments, and musical compositions. Many of the vocal selections are integrated with the holiday curriculum.

The Fifth Grade Music Curriculum draws upon the foundation the children received in the lower elementary school grades. In these older grades the curriculum transitions to learning the different periods of music history, together with the associated composers. The students particularly focus on works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. A special unit also introduces the wind, brass and percussion instruments of the orchestra.
5th Grade Physical Education

Physical education continues to be a favorite of all our students. The PE program is designed to develop lifetime activities in order to keep their bodies strong and healthy. Social skills, positive self concepts, cooperative and team play all provide a strong basic foundation. The 5th grade PE curriculum provides our students with a deeper understanding and knowledge of game strategies, rules and cooperative team play. Students will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sport activities. Students will improve their cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and body composition throughout the PE program. Students will demonstrate safe, personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activities. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self expression and communication.
5th Grade Science
The goal of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens science program for all grades is to utilize children’s natural curiosity and excitement about the world to encourage the development of scientific thinking, exploration and discovery. The curriculum is designed to develop science literacy by merging science content and concepts with science processes (questioning, communicating, gathering and making sense of data).
The science specialist provides children with a wide range of scientific experiences and opportunities to help them develop their skills in using scientific tools/technologies and scientific processes. In our newly constructed state of the art science laboratory, children are involved in hands-on activities that expand their knowledge of scientific methods and concepts, as well as develop their science inquiry skills such as:
• Making careful observations
• Hypothesizing
• Developing appropriate tests and understanding variables
• Recording observations and data
• Evaluating data
The science laboratory is equipped with a Smartboard which is utilized to enhance and bring to life the science specialist’s lessons and experiments.

Fifth grade students study the following curriculum:

  • Describe the structure of the human eye, ear, nose, skin and tongue
  • Explain the cause of day and night based on the earth’s rotation on its axis
  • Describe the monthly changes in the appearance of the moon, based on the moon’s 29-day revolution around the earth
  • Describe the use of instruments such as glasses, magnifiers, periscopes, telescopes and binoculars
  • Analyze similarities and differences between the human eye and a simple camera
  • Construct simple periscopes and telescopes
5th Grade Social Studies
• Describe the geography and regions of the USA
• Compare and contrast Native American tribes and the way they lived before European explorers contact
• Explain how the Age of Exploration changed the world
• Learn about Colonial America (northern, southeast & middle colonies)
• Identify the major causes and events that led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence
• Discuss the American Revolutionary War
• Constitution Day