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North Lake School District

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5-6

5-6 student
 

Welcome to Fifth and Sixth Grades. Fifth and sixth grade begin the “middle school” experience for North Lake School students. Students are housed in homerooms and travel to four content teachers per day. This model promotes content integration and strong collaboration among our team of teachers. Through their close knit classroom communities, the 5th and 6th grade teachers help students develop independence and responsibility. The general curriculum for fifth and sixth grade includes Math Expressions (Grade 5), Big Ideas Math (Grade 6), an integrated and thematic approach in literacy and social studies, and finally, a science curriculum based on the Wisconsin Academic Model Standards with an engineering emphasis.

Fifth Grade English Language Art/Literacy

Our reading curriculum is Journeys Common Core. The unique close reading routine builds better readers while also providing intervention for struggling students. Easy organization, proven instructions, and exceptional differentiation make Journeys Common Core the reading curriculum for our K-6th grade learners.

Fifth grade studies literature, literary genres, literacy skills, figurative language, writing genres, speaking skills, and listening skills. Students read, respond, present, write, and demonstrate in their literacy class.

Once a quarter, the 5th graders and I will take a break from the Journeys routine and read a trade book (chapter book) together. Our focus will be on critical analysis and discussion of story elements, as well as the author’s use of figurative language.

Fifth Grade Mathematics

Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is our math curriculum for grade 5 and combines the most powerful elements of standards based instruction with the best of traditional approaches. Math Expressions uses objects, drawings, conceptual language, and real world situations to help fifth grade students build mathematical ideas that make sense to them. The 5th grade curriculum focal units are:
 

  • Multiplication and Division Word Problems
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Circles, Polygons, and Angles
  • Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
  • Volume, Capacity, and Weight
  • Multiplication and Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Algebra, Functions, and Graphs
  • Multiplication and Division with Fractions
  • Patterns and Transformations
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  • Three Dimensional Figures
  • Fractions (+ – x /)
  • Decimals (+ – x /)
  • Multi-Step Word Problems
  • Algebra, Patterns & Coordinate Graphs
  • Measurement & Geometry
Fifth Grade Science

The study of science allows North Lake School students to experience the richness and wonder of the natural world. Later in life, they will face complex questions requiring scientific thinking, reasoning, and the ability to make informed decisions. Scientific knowledge prepares students for the future and helps them acquire skills needed in high school and beyond. North Lake students are excited and engaged in science topics/application and are exposed to the engineering process as well. Our curriculum includes several Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units and various resources.

Fifth Grade Science units are organized topically and outlined below:
 
Scientific Method
1. Lab Safety & Lab Tools
2. Metric System
3. Measuring
4. Graphing
5. Steps of the Scientific Method
6. Excavating Evidence
7. Putting it all Together

Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions (PLTW)
1. Introduction to Forces
2. Simple Machines and Forces
3. Forces and Interactions in Compound Machines
4. Animal Rescue

Astronomy
1. Day, Night and Earth’s Rotation
2. Earth’s Rotation and Time
3. Seasons and Earth’s Rotation
4. Seasonal Changes and Earth’s Path
5. Moon Phases, Lunar Cycles
6. Planets and Solar System

Robotics and Automation (PLTW)
1. Introduction to Robotics
2. Inputs and Outputs
3. Create a Toy
4. Build a Robot
5. Environmental Design Problem

Infection Detection (PLTW)
1. Germs, Germs Everywhere
2. Preventing the Spread
3. Infection Fighters
4. Mystery at the School
5. Disease Detectives

Human Body
1. Skeletal System
2. Muscular System
3. Circulatory System
4. Digestive System
5. Nervous System

Fifth Grade Social Studies

The 5th grade journey begins with understanding the importance of the 5 themes of geography – Movement, Region, Human/Environment Interaction, Location and Place. The students know this as “MR. HELP.” Looking at the world through the “eyes” of MR HELP will help the students understand the places we study. Meaningful connections are made when the students are encouraged to think like a Geographer.

In addition to making connections and thinking like a geographer, the students will learn how to think like a Political Scientist, an Economist, an Anthropologist, and a Historian. Different perspectives will be revealed throughout the year as we develop questions, gather and evaluate evidence, and determine how to respond to newly formed opinions and outcomes. We will notice a more critical level of understanding about the world and our part in it.

Once we have a firm grasp of geography concepts, the 5th grade journey continues as it takes us from a barren North American continent occupied by few natives thousands of years ago to a culture-rich continent filled with diverse groups of people, difficult decisions, and a newly crafted U.S. Constitution that is quickly and often put to the test. Learning about U.S. history will be an interesting and thought provoking experience. The culminating 5th grade experience is the State Visitor Center (the “state project”) created by the students. Each student will research a state in the U.S. and will showcase their findings in a variety of exciting ways.

5th grade topics:

  • Maps/Atlases/Five Themes of Geography
  • Early Peoples
  • Native Americans
  • Explorers
  • New World & The Americas
  • Colonization
  • The American Revolution (with an introduction to the U.S Constitution)
  • U.S. State project
Fifth Grade Foundations

The Foundations class is an introduction to civics and government for our 5th graders. This class meets twice a week throughout the 2nd semester. Mrs. Andorfer and Mrs. Loescher collaborate together and provide creative ways for the students to learn about what it means to be a citizen and abide by a system of rules. Another exciting component of this class is our preparation for BizTown – a simulated community field trip – where 5th graders experience being an adult for a day (having a job, paying taxes, going shopping…) and connecting it all to financial literacy.

The Foundations curriculum includes:

  • Civics – the rights and duties of citizenship
  • Government – the system of rules and the group of people who make the rules and make sure citizens follow them; focus on the United States government type
  • BizTown – 5th grade experiential field trip typically in April of each school year; focus on Financial Literacy, Community & Economy, Work & Career Readiness, Business Management
Sixth Grade English Language Arts/Literacy

Our reading curriculum is Journeys Common Core. The unique close reading routine builds better readers while also providing intervention for struggling students. Easy organization, proven instructions, and exceptional differentiation make Journeys Common Core the reading curriculum for our K-6th grade learners.

Sixth grade studies literature, literary genres, literacy skills, figurative language, writing genres, speaking skills, and listening skills. Students read, respond, present, write, and demonstrate in their literacy class.

Once a quarter, the 6th graders and I will take a break from the Journeys routine and read a trade book (chapter book) together. Our focus will be on critical analysis and discussion of story elements, as well as the author’s use of figurative language.

Sixth Grade Mathematics

North Lake School’s sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math curriculum is BIG IDEAS MATH 2014.

We are proud to offer this Common Core built curriculum written by Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell, leaders in the field of mathematics. The Big Ideas Math is a three year middle school series taught at North Lake School. The program uses a research-based strategy of a balanced approach to instruction and has made this series very successful. This approach opens doors to abstract thought, reasoning, and inquiry as students persevere to answer the Essential Questions that drive instruction. The foundation of the program is the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice. Students are subtly introduced to “Habits of Mind” that help them internalize concepts for a greater depth of understanding. These habits serve students well not only in mathematics, but across all curricula throughout their academic success. This series exposes students to highly motivating and relevant problems. Woven throughout the series are the depth and rigor students need to prepare for career readiness and other college level courses. In addition, the Big Ideas Math series prepares students to meet the challenge of standardized testing.
 

Common Core Standards

Ratios and Proportional Relationships – Understand Ratio Concepts; Use Ratio Reasoning
 
The Number System – Perform Fraction and Decimal Operations; Understand Rational Numbers
 
Expressions and Equations – Write, Interpret, and Use Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
 
Geometry – Solve Problems Involving Area, Surface Area, and Volume
 
Statistics and Probability – Summarize and Describe Distributions; Understand Variability

Sixth Grade Science

The study of science allows North Lake School students to experience the richness and wonder of the natural world. Later in life, they will face complex questions requiring scientific thinking, reasoning, and the ability to make informed decisions. Scientific knowledge prepares students for the future and helps them acquire skills needed in high school and beyond. North Lake students are excited and engaged in science topics/application and are exposed to the engineering process as well. Our curriculum includes several Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units, the Prentice Hall Science Explorer textbook series, and other various resources.
 
Sixth Grade Science units are organized topically and outlined below:
 
Scientific Method
1. Lab Safety & Lab Tools
2 Metric System
3. Steps of the Scientific Method
4. Graphing
5. Collecting Evidence
6. Putting it All Together

Sound and Light
1. Characteristics of Waves
2. Sound
3. Electromagnetic Spectrum
4. Light

Chemical Building Blocks
1. An Introduction to Matter
2. Changes in Matter
3. Elements and the Periodic Table

Environmental Science
1. Populations and Communities
2. Ecosystems and Biomes
3. Living Resources
4. Land and Soil Resources
5. Air and Water Resources
6. Energy Resources

Earth’s Changing Surface
1. Weathering and Soil Formation
2. Erosion and Deposition

Sixth Grade Social Studies - Western World

The 6th grade journey begins with a review of what we remember about the 5 themes of geography – Movement, Region, Human/Environment Interaction, Location and Place. The students know this as “MR. HELP”. Thinking like a Geographer will be the springboard for the many hats we wear in 6th grade.

In addition to making connections and thinking like a geographer, the students will learn how to think like a Political Scientist, an Economist, an Anthropologist, and a Historian. Different perspectives will be revealed throughout the year as we develop questions, gather and evaluate evidence, and determine how to respond to newly formed opinions and outcomes. We continue to notice a more critical level of understanding about the world and our part in it.

Explorations in 6th grade take us throughout the Western World. When we “go to” these countries, we will analyze the places visit in various ways. As mentioned above, some strategies we will use include asking thought provoking questions, finding and evaluating documented evidence to support a position, and engaging in meaningful conversations. Together we will also study the social issues, economic impacts, and political decisions that affect citizens across our globe. We definitely gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. These experiences allow students to connect to the world in ways never thought of before. The students will showcase a deeper understanding of western world countries by presenting research at the Western World Showcase at the end of May.

These topics are covered in 6th Grade:

  • Map and atlas skills review
  • The Five Themes of Geography (MR HELP) review
  • Economy: what is it? how does it work?
  • Ancient times through modern day:
    • Europe
    • Australia
    • North America
    • Central America & Caribbean Islands
    • South America
    • Antarctica
Sixth Grade Write IT

Writing, speaking, and technology are infused in this 6th grade elective class. This class meets twice a week throughout the 1st semester. Mrs. Loescher and Mrs. Andorfer collaborate together and have fun working with the students as they create their writing and speaking pieces. Our focus is writing, public speaking, and utilizing technology resources (Google platform and closed circuit monitors throughout the school) to create and share student work. The students collaborate together throughout the writing and sharing process.

The Write IT curriculum includes:

  • the writing process and writing traits
  • purposes for writing
  • writing types: narrative (personal narrative, realistic fiction), poetry writing
  • public speaking – different types and techniques

Faculty

Andorfer

Mrs. Andorfer

5/6th Social Studies
M.Ed, Carroll Univ.
Ext. 222 Google Site

Kaczor

Mr. Kaczor

5/6th Science
B.Ed. UW-Stevens Point
PLTW Launch Lead Teacher
Ext. 202 Google Site

Loescher

Mrs. Loescher

5/6th Literacy
M.Ed., UW-Milwaukee
Ext. 209 Google Site

Ray

Mr. Ray

5/6th Math/STEM
M.Ed., Lesley Univ.
Cert. Smart Board Trainer
Ext. 224 Google Site