•  Reading
  •   There are three major changes in English language arts and literacy. Students will continue reading and writing. In addition to stories and literature, they will read more texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies. They will read more challenging texts and be asked more questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read. There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand challenging material.
        In 5th grade, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information and continue to grow their vocabulary. Students will also be expected to understand and clearly summarize what they have learned from readings and classroom discussions, referring to specific evidence and details from the text.  Activities in these areas will include:
    • Determining the theme of a story, play, or poem, including how characters respond to challenges
    • Comparing and contrasting stories that deal with similar themes or topics
    • Explaining how authors use reasons and evidence to support their points or ideas
    • Drawing on information from multiple books, articles, or online sources to locate an answer or to solve a problem quickly
    • Learning and using new words, including words related to specific subjects 
    • Understanding figurative language
    • Participating in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others