English/Language Arts
Description: "The Reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read. Whatever they are reading, students must also show a steadily growing ability to discern more from and make fuller use of text, including making an increasing number of connections among ideas and between texts, considering a wider range of textual evidence, and becoming more sensitive to inconsistencies, ambiguities, and poor reasoning in texts." 

This passage is taken directly from our  Michigan State Standards/Common Core State Standards. In my classroom students achieve these standards by reading books slightly above their independent reading level. These texts are read in a small ability-group setting where I guide/push students to grow as readers.

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The following is the Michigan State Standards/Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice:

1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4 Model with mathematics.
5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
6 Attend to precision.
7 Look for and make use of structure.
8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

In my classroom we achieve these standards through small groups. Students are grouped by grade level and are challenged at independent levels but also work in a collaborative atmosphere.  

Social Studies
Description: In 5th grade students learn about U.S. history and public discourse. We read and answer comprehension questions from a textbook. Students debate and formulate questions about the earliest Native Americans, the first colonies, trading, slavery, our national government formation, and our rights as American citizens.

Description: Fifth graders dive deeper and add to their prior knowledge in each area. Here is the breakdown between grade levels. 

> Force and Motion
> Organization of Living Things
> Heredity
> Evolution
> Earth Systems
> Earth in Space and Time

Students work in their science textbook and complete accompanying workbook pages during our science time. Each group works independently of each other. Many times students hear and want to discuss similarities between the material and we open up discussions at that time. 

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