Curriculum – Fifth Grade

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Reading Workshop

Unit 1 Agency and Independence: Launching Reading with Experienced Readers
Unit 2 Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction (in Social Studies)
Unit 3 Historical Fiction Clubs: Short Texts
Unit 4 Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues
Unit 5 Test Preparation
Unit 6 Learning through Reading: Westward Expansion
Unit 7 Fantasy Book Clubs

As a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school, readers at PS 199 participate in:

  • Reading Workshop
  • Read Alouds
  • Shared Reading
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Clubs

Our goal is to create lifelong, confident readers who display agency and independence.

Our teachers assess student progress through a variety of formal and informal methods and tools, including TCRWP Running Records, which determine each student’s Independent Guided Reading Level. These benchmarks are based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.

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Writing Workshop

Unit 1 Personal Narrative Craft
Unit 2 Journalism/ Nonfiction Feature Articles
Unit 3 The Literary Essay
Unit 4 Research-Based Argument Essay
Unit 5 Test Preparation
Unit 6 The Lens of History: Research Reports
Unit 7 Fantasy Writing

Teachers College Writing Workshop encourages young writers to emulate the work of professional authors. Students are exposed to authentic mentor texts and receive instruction to navigate through the writing process. Utilizing various writing tools, writers create different genres throughout the year.

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Unit 1 Whole Number, Place Value and Operations
Unit 2 Area and Volume
Unit 3 Fraction Concepts: Addition and Subtraction
Unit 4 Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids
Unit 5 Operations with Fractions; Test Prep
Unit 6 Investigations in Measurement; Decimal Multiplication and Division
Unit 7 Multiplication of Mixed Numbers; Geometry; Graphs

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing our young mathematician’s understandings and skills in ways that produce lifelong mathematical power.

  • Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
  • Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
  • Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
  • Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.

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Social Studies

Unit 1 Mapping the Western Hemisphere
Unit 2 Ancient Civilizations: Maya, Inca, Aztec
Unit 3 Age of Exploration
Unit 4 American History Focus Study: Westward Expansion

The Passport to Social Studies curriculum was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with Social scientists and cultural partners.

The passport curriculum provides students with the tools to build the necessary skills for critical thinking, geographical reasoning and persuasive writing.

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Word Study

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5

Our Wordly Wise 3000 curriculum delivers direct instruction of sophisticated vocabulary to better prepare our young learners to read grade-level texts and enhance their writing.

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Unit 1 Balancing Forces
Unit 2 Inheritance and Traits

Welcome to the Next Generation of Science Learning.

New York State adapted a new set of standards in 2017. New York City then created the current Science Scope and Sequence and, using NGSS aligned tools, selected Amplify as the new curriculum.

This curriculum is phenomena based and places the student in the role of scientists and engineers. This curriculum embodies all the tenants of Three-Dimensional Learning which has proven to be the most effective way for students to learn science.

Unit 1 Patterns of Earth and Sky: Analyzing Stars on Ancient Artifacts

  • Students take on the role of astronomers, helping a team of archaeologists explain the illustrations on a recently discovered, thousand-year-old artifact with a missing piece.
  • Students use mathematical thinking to make sense of patterns in the sky, which they figure out by using physical and digital models and obtaining information from science books.
  • Students plan and conduct investigations to figure out how the spin and orbit of our planet are the cause of the daily and yearly patterns of stars we see in the sky.

Unit 2 Modeling Matter: The Chemistry of Food

  • In the role of food scientists, students work to identify a potentially hazardous food dye in a food coloring mixture, then to create a good-tasting and visually appealing salad dressing.
  • Students engage in hands-on investigations and use physical and digital models to gather evidence about mixtures at the observable scale and at the scale of molecules.
  • Students develop visual models and write explanations about mixtures, including whether they are likely to change or remain stable.

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Patterns of Earth and Sky: Analyzing Stars on Ancient Artifacts Glossary Unit 1

Enrichment Programs

PS 199 provides a variety of grade-based enrichment programs.

RULER (Social-Emotional Curriculum)

Unit 1 Charter
Unit 2 Mood Meter
Unit 3 Meta-Moments
Unit 4 Blueprint

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning is a school-wide initiative to teach social and emotional learning to our school community members.

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence is based on developing our five key RULER skills.

There are four anchor tools that we use:

  1. The Charter
  2. Mood Meter
  3. Meta-Moment
  4. Blueprint

These anchor tools allows a common language and strategies that incorporates learning at school and at home.

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