For a quick "snap-shot" of what curriculum I use in my 5th grade class please see the list below. I will admit that I am a bit "old school" and tend to prefer to actually write my lessons based off of the state standards alone. I have found over the years that by doing this I am better able to adjust the lessons to the learning levels within my classroom and more easily "go with the flow" of the students needs, regardless of the work and time involved.
HOWEVER, I am required to use certain curriculum in the more recent years, such as Houghton Mifflin, Singapore, McGraw/Hill and Harcourt to name a few, not to mention the necessity to adhere to the Common Core.
We are very lucky to have the freedom to have BOTH types of lessons within our 5th grade classroom. We have the structure and research based materials in our purchased curriculum, we have the rigor and high standards of the Rolling Hills methods, and we have countless available CCSS and goal oriented supplementary work available to lean on and fill in as needed. We have it all!
I also do many project based learning lessons that encompass multiple areas all at once. For example, we do quarter long reports where students need to utilize the research techniques, reading for comprehension, abilities to summarize, organize, write, evaluate and at the same time use charts, graphs and other mathematical skills. These projects are very important for students to learn to USE what they have learned and are learning to create an end product that interprets the information. You can learn more about project specifics under each core subject area tab.
Please click below for details on the curriculum used in 5th grade.