Last updated: 6/10/2016

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Curriculum Map: Fifth Grade March/April

Subject/Grade Level/Unit Title:

Fifth Grade

Timeframe Needed for Completion/Grading Period:


Big Idea/Themes/Understandings:


Volume of Solids

Units of Measure


Classifying Plane Figures

Coordinate Geometry


All matter has structure.

Matter interacts.



Text Dependent Questions


Oral Presentation


Social Studies

Geography in the Western Hemisphere

The diverse geography of the Western Hemispehere has influenced human culture and settlement

Human communities in the Western Hemisphere have modified the physical environment.

Comparative Cultures

The countries of the Western Hemisphere are diverse and the cultures of these countries are rich and varied.




Essential Questions: Social Studies


What do physical maps reflect?

Why is the United States divided into regions?

What are some characteristics that regions share?

How does the physical environment influence how people live?


What are the characteristics and contributions of countries that distinguish them from other countries?

What are the variety of concerns and issues specific to different regions?

Essential Questions: Science

Investigation 3: Reaching Saturation

Is there a limit to the amount of salt that will dissolve in 50 mL of water?

Does it always take the same amount of solid materials to saturate 50 mL of water?

Can you identify the mystery substance by its properties?


Investigation 4: Fizz Quiz

What happens when two substances are mixed with water?

Is the liquid in Cup 1 a solution?

What happens when you mix substances with water in a bag?

What's in our water samples?

Essential Questions: Language Arts

Module 4 Unit 1

Building Background Knowledge - The science behind natural disasters.

  • What is a natural disaster?
  • How does a narrators point of view influence how events are described in literature?
  • How should multinational organizations respond when communities are struck by national disaster?
  • How do public speakers provide reasons and evidence to support their opinion?

Module 4 Unit 3

All of the essential questions from unit 1 are reinforced.



Essential Questions: Mathematics

Topic 12 Volume of Solids

How can three dimensional shapes be measured and analyzed?

What does the volume of a rectangular prism mean and how can it be found?

  • Solids 
  • View of Solids
  • Problem Solving: Use objects and Solve a Simpler Problem 
  • Models and Volume 
  • Volume 
  • Combining Volumes 
  • Problem Solving: Use Objects an Reasoning
  • Topic 12 Test Assessment

Topic 13 Units of Measure  

What are customary measurement units and how are they measured?

What are metric measurement units and how are they measured?

  • Measuring Length (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Converting Customary Units of Length 
  • Converting Customary Units of Capacity 
  • Converting Customary Units of Length
  • Using Metric Units of Length (Bridging the Gap)
  • Converting Metric Units of Length
  • Converting Metric Units of Capacity 
  • Converting Metric Units of Mass
  • Problem Solving- Multi-Step Problems 
  • Elapsed Time (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Measuring and Classifying Angles (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Topic 13 Test Assessment

Topic 14 Data 

How can line plots be used to represent data and answer questions?

How can numbers be used to describe certain data sets? 

  • Line Plots
  • Data from Surveys 
  • Making Line Plots
  • Measurement Data
  • Problem Solving: Writing to Explain
  • Finding the Mean (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Probability of A Fraction (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Topic 14 Test Assessment

Topic 15 Classifying Plane Figures

How can angles be measured and classified?

How can polygons, triangles and quadrilaterals be described, classified, and learned?

  •  Polygons 
  • Perimeter (Bridging the Gap)
  • Triangles
  • Congruent Triangles and Similar Triangles (Bridging the Gap)
  • Properties of Quadrilaterals 
  • Missing Angles in Triangles and Quadrilaterals (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Special Quadrilaterals
  • Classifying Quadrilaterals 
  • Line Symmetry (Bridging the Gap) 
  • Problem Solving: Make and Test Generalizations 
  • Topic 15 Test Assessment

Coordinate Geometry Topic 16 

How are points graphed?

How can we show relationship between sequences on a graph?

  • Ordered Pairs
  • Distance on a Coordinate 
  • Forming Shapes and Finding Perimeter (Bridging the Gap)
  • Problem Solving: Solve a Simpler Problem 
  • Patterns and Graphing 
  • Problem Solving: Work Backwards 
  • Topic 16 Test Assessment


Social Studies:

GEOGRAPHY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE: The diverse geography of the Western Hemisphere has influenced human culture and settlement in distinct ways. Human communities in the Western Hemisphere have modified the physical environment.

Physical maps reflect the varied climate zones, landforms, bodies of water, and natural resources of the Western Hemisphere.

The Western Hemisphere can be divided into regions. Regions are areas that share common identifiable characteristics such as physical, political, economic, or cultural features. Regions within the Western Hemisphere include: * North America (Canada and the United States) * Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America) * Caribbean * South America

The physical environment influences human population distribution, land use, and other forms of economic activity.

Students will map the regions within the Western Hemisphere and locate major physical features within each region.

Students will create a political map of the Western Hemisphere noting which countries are in which region and a political map of the United States showing the location of the states.

Students will use physical, climate, and vegetation maps in combination with population density, land use, and resource distribution maps to discern patterns in human settlement and types of economic activity.

COMPARATIVE CULTURES: The countries of the Western Hemisphere are diverse and the cultures of these countries are rich and varied. Due to their proximity to each other, the countries of the Western Hemisphere share some of the same concerns and issues.

The countries of the Western Hemisphere have varied characteristics and contributions that distinguish them from other countries.

Students will explore key cultural characteristics such as the languages and religions and contributions of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and one Caribbean or one South American country.

Students will compare and contrast key cultural characteristics and the contributions associated with the United States with those associated with Canada, Mexico, and a country in either the Caribbean or South America.

Countries in the Western Hemisphere face a variety of concerns and issues specific to the region.

Students will investigate a current issue that two or more Western Hemisphere countries are facing together. Some examples include environmental issues, immigration, and trade.


Quantify patterns and trends

Use appropriate scientific tools to solve problems about the natural world

Differentiate among observations, inferences, predictions, and explanations

Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques

Conduct an experiment designed by others

Design and conduct an experiment to test a hypothesis

Design scientific investigations (e.g., observing, describing, and comparing; collecting samples; seeking more information, conducting a controlled experiment; discovering new objects or phenomena; making models)

Collect quantitative and qualitative data

Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

Language Arts: Reading

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Language Arts: Writing

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 on pages 28 and 29.)

With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Language Arts: Speaking and Listening

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.

Language Arts: Language

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).

Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.

Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality
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Mathematics: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
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Mathematics: Number and Operations and Base Ten
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Mathematics: Measurement and Data

Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots. For example, given different measurements of liquid in identical beakers, find the amount of liquid each beaker would contain if the total amount in all the beakers were redistributed equally.

Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand has concepts of volume measurement.

A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units.

Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.

Recognize volume as additive. Find volumes of solid figures composed of two non-overlapping right rectangular prisms by adding the volumes of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.

Mathematics: Geometry

Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).

Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.

Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.

Essential Skills and Vocabulary:

Lesson 19-

Happiness Epidemic

  • Slouch
  • Stride
  • Invade
  • Merriment
  • Reside
  • Outbreak
  • Symbolic
  • Droll

Lesson 20-

The Mop Bucket Encore

  • Contraption
  • Irresistible
  • Encore
  • Beckon
  • Mesmerize
  • Perpetual
  • Avid
  • Poignant

Review Lesson

Lesson 21-

Global Treasure Hunt

  • Restricted
  • Stash
  • Meld
  • Consult
  • Gadget
  • Scout
  • Surmise
  • Plausible
Assessment Tasks:


Lesson 19 Assessment

Lesson 20 Assessment

Review Assessment

Lesson 21 Assessment



Topic 12 Test Assessment

Topic 13 Test Assessment

Topic 14 Test Assessment

Topic 15 Test Assessment

Topic 16 Test Assessment



Embedded assessments

       Science notebook entries

       Response sheets

Investigation 3 I-check

Investigation 4 I-Check


Module 4 Unit 1 Mid-Unit Assessment

Module 4 Unit 1 End of Unit Assessment

Module 4 Unit 3 Mid-Unit Assessment

Module 4 Unit 3 End of Unit Assessment

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