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Lincoln Grade 5

English Language Arts 5

In English Language Arts 5, students solidify their foundational skills in reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening. Students read a variety of texts this year, including fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts. They identify the author’s purpose in multiple forms of writing, such as descriptive, expository, technical, persuasive, and narrative passages. Through these texts, they learn to make inferences and analyze multiple accounts of the same event. They also identify, interpret, and compare similes, metaphors, and idioms used in writing and learn to draw a plot diagram and to identify common themes in literature. This year, students write a five-paragraph essay and an effective thesis statement. They follow the writing process to develop essays, create outlines to organize their ideas, and revise and improve their original draft. Students also write a persuasive letter, a speech, and a script. This course teaches and reinforces spelling rules, such as i before e, while also focusing on the spelling of words ending in a silent e, commonly misspelled words, and words with multiple syllables. Students sharpen their research skills by learning to use notecards for research, gathering information about the same topic from multiple sources, and understanding plagiarism and the importance of writing in their own words. They also practice citing sources by creating a bibliography. Students enhance their presentation skills by reporting on a text or topic, telling a story, retelling an experience, or presenting an opinion in an organized way while using facts and details to support the main idea. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.

Course Topics

• Phonics & Word Recognition

• Vocabulary

• Spelling

• Reading

• Interpretation of Texts

• Story Elements

• Compare & Contrast

• Genres of Literature

• Summarizing

• Computer Skills

• Grammar & Punctuation

• Speaking & Listening

• Writing

• Research Skills

• Presentation Skills

• Reference Books


English Language Arts 5 Workbook • Parent/Teacher Guide English Language Arts 5 • Lincoln Empowered Text Collection - Grade 5


Mathematics 5

Mathematics 5 focuses on developing students’ math skills and problem-solving strategies. Problems and activities are designed to get students reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, constructing arguments, and modeling with mathematics. Students add, subtract, and multiply fractions, divide fractions by whole numbers, and divide whole numbers by fractions.

They perform multiple operations with decimals in addition to comparing, ordering, and rounding them. They use exponents to denote powers of 10. Students are introduced to volume and how to calculate it and classify two-dimensional shapes into categories. They also graph data on a plot line and the coordinate plane, using graphs to solve real-word and mathematical problems. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.

Course Topics

• Place Value & Operations

• Multiply & Divide Whole Numbers

• Decimal Operations

• Fraction Operations

• Expressions & Equations

• Patterns & Graphing

• Measurement

• Geometry

• Volume

• Data Analysis


Parent/Teacher Guide Mathematics 5 • Mathematics 5 Workbook • base ten blocks • base ten decimeter cube • base ten flats • base ten rods • graph paper • fraction circles • foam geometric shapes • small white board • plastic ruler • fraction/decimal tiles


Science 5

Science 5 puts the emphasis on doing science. Students build their knowledge by crafting models, conducting experiments, creating terrariums, and making electromagnets. They learn about plant and animal cells and their functions, photosynthesis, and the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem. Students explore the global water cycle, the negative impacts of weather, and the relationship between weather and climate. They deepen their understanding of their home planet by investigating landforms, volcanic activity, the layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and geosphere, the tilt of the Earth’s axis, the impacts of its revolution around the Sun, and the Sun’s role as source of energy for life on Earth.

Students are introduced to elements as the basic substances of all matter and the relationship between matter and particles; they also encounter such core concepts of physics as energy transformation, gravitation, and Newton’s first and second laws of motion. They design simple and parallel circuits and use the engineering design process to generate solutions to real-world problems. Finally, they conduct research, formulate questions, make predictions and observations, conduct fair tests using the scientific method, record their findings, and draw conclusions for future investigation. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.

Course Topics

• Matter and Its Interactions

• Organisms & Cells

• Organisms in the Environment

• Genetics

• Evolution & Adaptations

• Energy

• Motion & Stability

• Earth and the Universe

• Landforms, Weather and Climate

• Earth’s Water Resources

• Humans and the Environment

• Engineering Design

• What is Technology

• How Technology is Used, Design, and Improved

• A Technology Driven World


Science 5 Workbook • Parent/Teacher Guide Science 5 • thermometer • graph paper • horseshoe magnet • alfalfa seeds • soil • permanent marker • pea gravel • digital scale • small magnifier, 3x and 5x • rock and mineral set • 22 gauge wire • balloons • pipe cleaner • tuning fork • masking tape • inflatable globe • directional compass • modeling clay


Social Studies 5

Social Studies 5 puts American history front and center, as students learn about the Native American civilizations of the Americas, the discovery of the New World by European explorers, the founding of the United States, westward expansion, and the coming of the Industrial Revolution. Students leverage research skills to analyze historical events and documents, and they present their findings using arguments based on reliable sources with supporting facts. They refine their ability to distinguish fact from opinion in the context of historical investigation. Students also broaden their understanding of government by recognizing how the system of checks and balances works at both national and state levels, and they identify and interpret important songs and symbols of the United States. Civic responsibility is woven throughout the curriculum, and students recognize the value of public service and the traits of good leaders. Social Studies 5 also explores the themes, tools, and techniques of geography. Students learn how human interaction with the environment has caused change, both beneficial and detrimental, in the past and in the present. Finally, they learn how the U.S. economy functions, including the role of government and multinational organizations in domestic and international trade. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.

Course Topics

• Geography

• Early American Civilizations

• Exploration & Colonization

• American Independence

• Principles & Documents

• Growth & Westward Expansion

• Government

• Patriotism & Citizenship

• Economics

• The Economy of the World

• Income, Profit, & Wealth


Social Studies 5 Workbook • Parent/Teacher Guide Social Studies 5


Physical Education 5

Physical Education 5 offers a comprehensive physical education course where students are taught the basics for healthy and active living. Students begin by learning about the 36 hours of organized, supervised physical activity required for the course and how to document their activity in a PE Log. Next, students begin to engage with the content, which includes topics about safety and journaling in addition to new, fun, and challenging activities and exercise techniques. Before attempting each activity, students receive instruction on the basic elements and the proper execution of each movement so that they can get the most benefits from the exercise. Regardless of the activity the student is asked to do within a given day, they are encouraged to get up and move for a certain amount of time within each lesson. This expectation helps them to create a routine-like schedule. Students can be active by performing different exercises, engaging in different activities, or by using items from their grade-appropriate physical education kits, which are available to purchase. This kit, which is designed to work in conjunction with the course content, contains age-appropriate exercise and activity items. Adaptive physical education activities are available for this course.

Course Topics

• Essentials of Education

• Pulse and Heart Rate

• Nutrition

• Resistance

• Ball Manipulation Skills

• Playground Ball Games

• Circuit Training

• Anatomy

• Fitness Growth


Art 5

 Art 5 gives students opportunities to work with a wide range of materials, from metal to watercolors, all while further developing their techniques and skills as artists through repeated practice. Students learn to analyze, interpret, and talk about art with their peers as well as other admirers of art. They are introduced to the idea of cultural associations and perceptions and are asked to look at imagery critically. In doing so, students learn to decide how the details of their own work could be interpreted by others. Throughout this course, students create artwork that will bring attention to topics they find important. Their work will illustrate their awareness of their surroundings and will show their developing artistic abilities.

Course Topics

• Place of Significance

• Interpretation

• Comparison

• Becoming Aware

• Quality Craftsmanship

• Art Can Change Lives


Music 5

In Music 5, students demonstrate their ability to create, perform, analyze, and respond to music while making connections to personal, social, cultural, and historical perspectives. By the end of the course, students will be able to read music notation, compose music, and improvise original melodies. Students will also apply what they learn through interactive learning activities and performances on a variety of instruments including, but not limited to, the tambourine, rhythm sticks, maracas, and the soprano recorder.

Course Topics

• Musical Connections

• Key of C Major

• Playing to Accompany

• Fun with Improvisation

• Composition

• Expression in Singing

• Instrumentals

• Performance Decorum

• Cultural Connections

• Musical Theater

Print Materials

Fifth Grade English Kit

  • drawing paper
  • index cards
  • pens
  • composition notebook
  • ballpoint pen

Fifth Grade Math Kit

  • drawing paper
  • index cards
  • base ten cube, flats, rods, and blocks
  • metric ruler
  • dry erase board
  • dry erase markers
  • volumetric shapes

Fifth Grade Science Kit

  • spiral notebook
  • glue stick
  • construction and drawing paper
  • thermometer
  • colored pencils and markers
  • kitchen scale
  • graph paper
  • flip chart paper
  • magnifier
  • magnets
  • alfalfa seeds
  • plastic cups
  • soil
  • permanent marker
  • safety scissors
  • invisible and duct tape
  • wire
  • balloons
  • tissue paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • crayons
  • tuning fork
  • compass
  • index cards
  • modelling clay

Fifth Grade Social Studies Kit

  • construction paper
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • index cards
  • sticky notes
  • highlighters