5th Grade
Whitlow Elementary
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We are pleased to welcome you to 5th grade at Whitlow Elementary! 5th grade is an important year, as students polish the skills they've learned in elementary school and prepare to make the transition to middle school. Our goal is to make this year both meaningful and memorable for your child.
Below you will find the planned curriculum for the school year.  It is divided by subject area and is aligned to the Standards and Benchmarks that are the foundation of our studies.  We hope that this is helpful to you as we try to keep you informed of what your child is learning.

Language Arts:  Students will read stories from our newly adopted anthology.  They will be learning new vocabulary, decoding skills, and comprehension skills, i.e. cause/effect, problem/solution, making inferences, theme, plot, character analysis, etc. Other literature selections may include class novel studies, book groups/literacy circles, as well as selected books from our library. English skills will include using standard grammar, identifying the parts of speech, and writing in a variety of genres. Spelling focuses on various spelling patterns as vocabulary correlates with reading and/or frequently used words in writing.

Math:  Houghton-Mifflin is the adopted Math program in our county.  The topics that will be taught this year include:

  • Number Theory
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Estimation and Computation
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
  • Exponents and Negative Numbers
  • Ratios
  • Area, Volume and Capacity
  • Probability
  • Algebraic Concepts and Skills

Science/ Health: Students will be studying the following units throughout this school year :

  • Landforms of Georgia
  • Processes that Change the Earth
  • Effects of constructive and destructive forces in nature  
  • Building Blocks of Matter
  • Conservation of Matter
  • Physical and Chemical changes in matter  
  • Electricity and magnetism  
  • Classification of organisms  
  • Inheritance of traits vs. learned behaviors  
  • Cells and microorganisms  
  • Nutrition, Safety, Growth and Development

Social Studies: Throughout the year, students will learn information processing and map skills. The students will be identifying important people, places, events, movements, and issues related to our study of United States history since the Civil War.  These areas will include:

  • Reconstruction
  • The United States as an Emerging World Power
  • World War I
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Issues from the 1970s to today
Thank you for helping us make Whitlow Elementary School an excellent learning environment for your child.  We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you and your family.