Term Outlines



Term Two Curriculum Outline

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(Ms. McCann)

Article of the week  

Students will enhance their reading fluency and comprehension by reading non-fiction Canadian news stories provided by “Canadian Reader” each week throughout the entire school year. Articles will focus on current and relevant events that may have an impact on our student body or community. Before reading, students will be asked to discuss and make inferences based on the article title and pictures. During reading, students will be encouraged to mark important information as they read (i.e., highlight, underline, etc…). After reading, students will independently answer questions to check comprehension which will be followed by class discussion.



RJ Palacio’s book Wonder features August (“Auggie”), a young boy born with severe facial abnormalities who, at the age of 10 being attending grade 5 at a New York private school. Throughout the unit, students will draw upon the novel to focus on several areas of language including grammar, spelling, vocabulary, creative writing and reading comprehension. Additionally, students will participate in various activities that involve response journals, characterization, elements of a story, oral reading, projects and assessments.



This term will focus on incorporating project based learning, ‘The Plastic Straw’, into the literacy program to maximize student development, communication and performance. Students will have opportunities to identify, investigate and discuss various real-world problems and address those problems by coming up with possible solutions. These cross-curricular units will allow students to build on important 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, communication and more. Some issues of focus will be the single use plastic problem and how it is endangering our community. 




(Ms. McCann)

New vocabulary is derived from the language units and enriched with the Wordly Wise workbook so students have a context in which to learn new words.  Students will learn how to spell new words, identify word meanings and the part of speech the word belongs to. Students will use a variety of reference materials including dictionaries, thesauruses, guide words, and difficult word lists. Assessments will take place on a weekly basis. 





(Ms. McCann)

Students will use Wordly Wise Language Arts workbook and Raz Kids to continue their learning of the different parts of speech and grammatical concepts. The focus this year in grammar will be to strengthen student understanding in the following areas: 

A) parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun, conjunction, interjection)

B) parts of the sentence (subject, predicate, clauses, and kinds of sentences)

C) punctuation (period, quotation marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, hyphen, and parentheses)



(Ms. McCann)




Students will be working from the Saxon Math program to expand their factual mathematical knowledge and understanding.  In addition to this program, students will be using enriching resources from the MathUp online program, Evan Moor Daily Word Problems and a financial literacy PBL linked to our classroom economy.  Lastly, students will be given weekly opportunities to work on Inquiry based ‘Math Games’, such as Prodigy.  

Each Saxon lesson will follow a similar setup, which will include a 3 tier system.  First students will be involved in a ‘Power Up’ which helps students reinforce basic math skills and lead the student to the proper frame of mind. The second part will be the ‘lesson’ in which a new concept is presented to the student. Here we will work on practice problems as a class, as well as examine different strategies to solve the problems. Finally students will be assigned written practice, which will test the concepts that the student has learned during the lesson.

Students will be assessed on their mathematical skills throughout the term, both formally and informally, and will also be graded on completion of their daily homework.


Social Studies

(Ms. James)




Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans prior to 1713, in What Would Eventually Become Canada

This term will focus on the inquiry process as students explore and investigate the characteristics of various Indigenous nations and European settler communities prior to 1713. Students will investigate various perspectives, relationships and interactions between these communities as well as their impact. Additionally, they will research and identify how historical events during this time have had an impact on present-day Canada.



(Ms. James)




Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms 

In this unit, students will be introduced to structures and mechanisms and identify the different forces that act on and within them. There will be various opportunities for students to design, build and investigate different structures within the classroom. Additionally, students will research and examine the effects of forces resulting from natural phenomena (tornados, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc…) and how these impact society and the environment. This unit will allow students to build on their communication, cooperation, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills.


Conservation of Energy

In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the importance of Energy conservation. More specifically, they will be introduced to the different forms of energy and identify between renewable and non-renewable sources. Additionally, students will recognize how our choices about using energy and resources have immediate and long-term effects. Students will be given opportunities to design, construct and operate different devices and investigate how energy is transferred from one device to another. Students will be given opportunities to build on 21st century skills including creativity, cooperation, collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking.


Visual Art

(Ms. McCaan)

Visual Arts in grade 5 will focus on students choosing from a variety of art media to express a feeling, to communicate a message and represent people, places and objects.This term will focus on:  


PrintMaking- Students will explain how an image created on one surface will be reversed when printed.  Students will complete an artwork by drawing into Styrofoam and using the intaglio technique.


Mixed Media and Metal and Wire Sculptures - Students will use common tools and materials safely and independently with decreasing teacher intervention.

Media Arts

(Mrs. Becke)





In Term II, Grade 5 students will focus on the following concepts in Media Arts:

  • Graphic novels (how to identify, create, read, retell and more).

  • Spine poetry (formed by using book titles to create a poem).

  • Using resource lists.

  • Short stories (how to identify, create, read, retell and more).

Physical Education 

(Mr. Fretz)





In term two physical education, students will further develop movement skills through participation in a variety of games and sports. Students will continue to use leadership and teamwork skills

developed in first term to complete and take part in term two physical education activities.


Students will continue to use the fundamental movement skills identified in term one to take part in organized games and sports. Students will develop volleyball, track and field, basketball, ball hockey, badminton and softball skills.


(Mr. Poaps)






Students will learn how to write and identify scales and the importance of scales in music while understanding the relationship between the pitches in the scales. Students will play a select number of scales on their instruments. Students will explore North American pop music and learn about the key features of this genre. Students will practice their song for the spring concert. 



(Mr. Fretz)





In term two, grade 5 students will learn about the short and long-term effects of alcohol use and explore refusal skills and decision making in relation to drugs and alcohol in the Substance Use unit. Students will also take part in the final Human Development & Sexual Health unit, in which students will learn about the reproductive system, menstruation as well as the emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty.



(Mme Grovum)




The Grade 5 program will continue to build on skills learned during Term 1.  Areas of focus for Term 2 will include: multiculturalism, food, music and dance, adjectives and their agreement and placement, the comparative and superlative as well as themed vocabulary surrounding Valentine’s day, Easter and Spring, and Canadian festivals in French.  Students will learn through song, poetry, guided group reading and learning centres.


(Mr. Poaps)





Throughout the second term students will engage in dramatic games, improvisation and monologues. They will be reading scripts as well as writing and presenting those scripts. Students will work on the Shakespeare play of Julius Caesar. The students will have an opportunity to revisit the play through a humorous lense and have a background understanding of Shakespeare himself and the play. Students will conclude the term with a dramatic reflection of the content learned throughout the term. 



During the second term students will practice the following concepts:




-online poster making 

- green screen 

- photography