• 5th Grade Curricular Outline (Website a Work in Progress)

    Literacy (English/Language Arts)

    The Kirkwood School District philosophy of Balanced Literacy is comprised of K-2 Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, K-2 Shared Reading, K-5 Language and Word Study, K-5 Reading Workshop, K-5 Writing Workshop and K-5 Read Aloud. We strongly believe in a workshop approach to support student learning. The primary K-5 resources used by teachers to support reading and writing instruction are the Units of Study, authored by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.


    • Module 1: Interpretation Book Clubs
    • Module 2: Tackling Complexity
    • Module 3: Author Study - Reading Like a Fan
    • Module 4: Argument & Advocacy - Researching Debatable Issues
    • Module 5: Learning Through Reading
    • Module 6: Fantasy Book Clubs - The Magic of Themes and Symbols


    • Module 1: Narrative Craft
    • Module 2: Journalism
    • Module 3: Literary Essay - Opening Texts and Seeing More
    • Module 4: The Research-Based Argument Essay
    • Module 5: The Lens of History
    • Module 6: Shaping Texts - From Narrative to Memoir


    In Grade 5, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions); (2) extending division to two-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.

    • Module 1Multiplication and Division 1            
    • Module 2: 3-D Geometry and Measurement (Volume)
    • Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
    • Module 4: Multiplication and Division 2
    • Module 5: Analyzing Patterns and Rules   
    • Module 6Addition and Subtraction (Decimals)
    • Module 7: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Decimals  
    • Module 8Geometry - Classify 2D Figures Into categories based on their properties