We’re Busy in Room Six! Lots of chapter books will be read by our class this year! Even though I try to include many literature genres in our reading groups, I tend to lean toward historical fiction. They provide for some rich discussion and research topics!
I love to integrate writing with art, all the while focusing on covering the Oregon State Benchmark Standards! I will include pictures and/or samples of student writing on this website throughout the year.
In addition to our reading, writing and math classes, children regularly rotate through Social Studies, Science and Health classes among our 5th grade classrooms. We call it S.S.H.
We learn about our state of Oregon by studying the geography, geology and cultural history of our fascinating state. We have comparative studies between tribal history and the pioneer settlement of Oregon. Our annual culminating event is to take a 400 mile, two day trek to Central Oregon. We spend the night on the Confederated Warm Springs Indian Reservation. This trip is very special for our 5th graders!
At S.S.H. time I teach history classes to all of our 5th grade students. I broaden the historic scope by touching upon the impact that Early Explorers had on our country. We study Early Colonialism, The American Revolution and complete our studies by learning about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Since world travel is a major passion of mine, I also sprinkle in a variety of World Culture Studies as well as Current Events.
For some 5th grade students and parents, a trip to the East Coast occurs in June. This is a chance for students to walk in the footsteps of famous Americans that they have studied during the school year. Last June we visited Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. Itineraries can change from year to year. Please visit the two East Coast website pages for more information. You can also enjoy photo highlights from several of our recent trips.