Pinewood

American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Grade 5

Language Arts: The Grade 5 Language Arts program focuses on four main strands: Reading, Writing, Written and Oral Language Conventions, and Listening and Speaking. Scaffold activities are used to integrate strands for individual abilities.

Math:  The aim of this program is to enable students to develop proficiency in using numbers; increase their facility with the four basic arithmetic operations and apply these skills to fractions, decimals, and word problems.

Science: The Grade 5 Science program is a survey course in the following areas of study: Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Students use evidence from observations and data to form scientific explanations and to understand interactions in order to predict changes in natural and human-designed systems.

Social Studies: The Grade 5 Social Studies program is composed of two major strands: Geography and History. Knowledge of geography enables students to develop an understanding of the various cultural, economic, and social implications of life in earth’s many environments. The History component focuses on the Western Hemisphere. It begins by looking at the early civilization Mesopotamia and Egypt and continues with an in depth look at India and China.

Physical Education: The goal of the Physical Education program at fifth grade is to continue an active program, in order to enhance physical development and foster participation in physical activity outside the classroom. Movement is critical to proper growth and development at this age and PE class should assist students in developing a healthy body and self image. Physical activity is important to the physical, emotional and social maturation of students at this age.

Host Country Studies: Grade 5 students will investigate topics like: the Greek landscape, Gods and goddesses, city-states, travel and trade, women’s life, sports, education, family life, country life, arts and crafts, language and letters. It is a course designed to bring back to life Greece of antiquity.

Modern Greek: All students in Grades 1-5 study Modern Greek in, as much as possible, leveled groups. The program introduces students to the Modern Greek language through a variety of methods and local resources. The general aim of the program is to generate an enthusiasm for the Greek language and culture and to help students develop the Greek language skills necessary to function better in the life of the host community.

Library: All students in Grades 1-5 meet with Library specialists once a week. During this time, they learn to become effective and efficient users of ideas and information. Students are also encouraged to become enthusiastic readers by engaging them with literature through read-alouds, genre studies, book talks and many other exciting literature-based activities.

Music is the study and exploration of sound and the expressive use of musical elements through the singing of songs and the playing of instruments. Children will join together in musical activities, using their voices and simple instruments to develop concepts about sound and musical awareness. They will participate both individually and in groups in games, songs, and creative movement activities. Children will develop musical ideas in composition in improvisation activities.

Information Technology (IT): IT in Grades 1-5 is taught through an integrated learning approach whereby skills and concepts of computer literacy are embedded in the disciplines taught in the classroom. Students use the resources of the IT Laboratory with the class- room teacher to achieve increasing levels of literacy for the information age.

Visual Art: Students in Grades 1-5 are given once a week instruction in the visual arts with their classroom teacher. This program introduces students to a wide variety of media in the form of exposure, instruction and practice. Through the program, each child can find an individual level of personal artistic expression and appreciation. In addition, art is integrated into the core subjects (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) with the classroom teacher regularly.

ESL: Pinewood offers an ESL program to students who have limited proficiency in English. Students who speak English as a second or additional language are evaluated upon entry to Pinewood and placed on an English Language Proficiency scale of 1-5 (Level 1 students do not speak English at all; Level 5 are fully proficient). Students are evaluated with The Maculaitis Test of English Language Proficiency. Elementary school students with low English language proficiency levels are placed in ESL class with a certified ESL teacher. The program is designed to develop  English communication by focusing on the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and interactions.Exiting the ESL program occurs when students have met testing standards while achieving success in the regular classroom.  The student’s classroom participation is invaluable in determining success.

Supplies List for Grade 5

Summer Reading from 4th to 5th grade