5th Grade Curriculum Overview




Teacher Curriculum: 

  • Benchmark Textbook adoption (textbook of anthologies is similar to a sets of newsprint magazines)
  • Launching the Writing Workshop


*Aligned to the Common Core Standards

*Weekly Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension Skill and Strategy

* Core literature (read aloud) with reading comprehension questions,
chapter summaries, literature circle group tasks

Possible Titles of books that we may be reading this school year
Bridge to Terabithia
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Westing Game

Where the Red Fern Grows
Woods Runner


The One and Only Ivan


Language Arts


Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop where writing is developed over time (Core Ready)

  • Daily journal / writing response
  • Genres: Narrative, Response to Literature, Research Reports, and Persuasive



  • Weekly Skill (also tested on Monday or Friday)
  • Sequence of skills can be found in the Treasures Practice Book -

Spelling / Vocabulary Study


·Spelling concept/rule (Prefixes/Suffixes, Homophones, Greek/Latin Roots)

·Homework – 4 days/week - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (Pretest w/ signature)

·Test will consist of 12-15 spelling words where students are tested on:
             -  correct spelling of word list provided
             -  citing the correct vocabulary definition from a list of definitions or synonyms

* Spelling Words will be located on the Spellingcity.com website

**Career Research Exploration / Genius Hour ** 
Job Research is a hands-on lessons for children to learn about their own career interests. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the average person in a lifetime will have 12-15 jobs,  This of course includes the "basic" jobs at high school and college level. 

Students will be able to:

  • learn how to research their job interest(s) and possibly discover what paths to take for the future. 
  • utilize the technology to research their information.
  • learn to write an introductory letter and establish a connection with a working professional.
  • interview in person / email questions to help understand the career better
  • synthesize what they have learned from research and from the person interviewed
  • write, edit and revise an report
  • give a brief 3 minute presentation on their what they have learned

Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.  Students are then challenged to explore something to do a project over that they want to learn about. They spend several weeks researching the topic before they start creating a product that will be shared with the class/school/world. Deadlines are limited and creativity is encouraged. Throughout the process the teacher facilitates the student projects to ensure that they are on task.

For more information, please go to 


The teacher provides a set amount of time for the students to work on their passion projects.  

There are many educators leading the way with passion projects in their classes, but much of their inspiration came from the book The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandoval. A.J. Juliani also wrote a recent book about Genius Hour and 20% Time in education.

Many teachers are raving about the autonomy that students are finding in their classes, including myself. I have been leading a group of 6th graders through the genius hour process this year and it has been very rewarding to watch them learn. A goal of every teach should be to create lifelong learners. Genius hour projects are a huge step towards that goal.


Consumable Textbook, Homework and Remembering (Units 1 & 2) book by:

Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions Common Core Grade 5


·aligned to Common Core Standards

·Research based

·“Old” way – learn and memorize procedure

·“New” way is taught learning the procedure and UNDERSTANDING by making connections through explaining HOW/WHY to solve in a certain way, SHOWING work as evidence

·Math Talk is the key feature in every lesson – to elicit discussion and develop a community of problem solving

·Encourage discussion and open to new ways of solving math problems

·Math Rotation:

- GATE students will have instruction from Mrs. Lee

- Students not in GATE class will stay with Ms. Bobka


Since we are now currently adhering to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Fremont Unified is in the process of "testing" out different curricula from:


1) Mystery Science

2) Accelerate Learning

3) The California Education and Environment Initiative (EII)

Most of the lessons will come from articles or worksheets that are copied by the teacher.


Although, we will not be using the textbook listed below all the time, I will occasionally refer to it based on our NGSS standards for 5th Grade.

Houghton Mifflin California Science

online textbook can be found at:

For a list of key topics, vocabulary and games, go to:


- Weekly Quiz (or test at the end of each Chapter) – Thursday

- Homework is from the Study Guide (paper), Study Guide booklet (yellowish orange), interactive Textbook, other handouts

Social Studies

Consumable newspaper "textbook" – Studies Weekly

Weekly Quiz – usually between Tuesdays - Thursdays

Major Projects: States/Capital, Native American Project, Colonies, American Revolution, Civil War (if time permits)

Group projects / Individual Projects

Physical Education
Students will have an average of 100 minutes of Physical Education every week. 
Fitness concepts (training and increasing their aerobic capacity)
Set and monitor long term goals
Learn to work cooperatively with others and respect others with differing abilities
Common Core Standards for 5th grade can be found at:


Health Education

Although, we are not certain about the chosen curriculum for FUSD, it will be chosen by January.  


Typically, the district's curriculum shall be based on medically accurate and factual information and shall help students understand the biological, psychological, social aspects of human sexuality.  The district's program shall comply with the requirements of law and respect the rights of parents/guardians to supervise their children's education on these subjects. 


Each school year, parents/guardians shall be notified about instruction and will have a chance to preview any videos and information that will be shared with students.

Parent Preview of video
- at Fremont Unified School District office is usually in March - dates TBD
- at Weibel School Library will be shown in April or May - dates TBD

- Taught within 3 (or 4) lessons 
- Growth and Sex Education Lessons and Video (Much of the information deals with how the body changes and how children can care of themselves.)

* Parents must send an opt-out letter to school/teacher if you would not like your child to participate in the Family Life and Sexual Education curriculum.