Reading is a subject that covers the entire curriculum. Every child is encouraged to read for enjoyment and to read for information. Trade books, library books, and a literature-based textbook are included in the curriculum. A variety of skills are taught including building vocabulary, analyzing characters in stories, comparing and contrasting, sequencing events, distinguishing facts and non-facts and summarizing. The school's Accelerated Reading Program encourages each child to read many books by allowing them to earn points through the year.
Fifth grade focal points are: comparing and contrasting lengths, area, and volume of geometric shapes and solids; representing and interpreting data in graphs, charts, and tables; and applying whole number operations in a variety of contexts. The North East Standards are: patterns, number, measurement, statistics, geometry, addition and subtraction. These objectives will be taught using the NEISD adopted textbook, TERC investigations, Marilyn Burns activities, and manipulatives.
The fifth grade English curriculum utilizes an integrated approach. Students develop their writing abilities by writing stories, books, reports, etc. based on the curriculum being studied in other subject areas. Writing skills are strengthened by reviewing parts of speech, grammar rules, and basic writing mechanics. The spelling curriculum is based on the district adopted text and words chosen from other subject areas.
In social studies the history of the United States is studied from its beginning to the present. The focus is on colonial times through the twentieth century. Students learn about the regions of the United States that result from physical features and human activity. They lean to identify how people adapt to and modify the environment. Historical content includes the colonial and revolutionary periods, the establishment of the United States and issues that led to the Civil War. Students identify the roots of representative government in the nation and the important ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. Students examine fundamental rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and study the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society. An overview of major events and significant individuals of the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century is provided.
Fifth grade science activities are presented that reinforce the scientific process. The students use hands-on discovery methods to learn the objectives specified in the TEKS. The objectives are integrated into thematic units to include social studies, literature and math. Units taught are life science, physical science, earth science, and body systems.
Students are being prepared for the twenty-first century by becoming computer literate. Computers are used throughout the curriculum. Each classroom has computer pods for the students' use and there are two computer labs for classes each week.