Fifth Grade

Reading - Junior Great Books

Stage 1: Beginning Interpretation


The No-Guitar Blues by Gary Soto

Kaddo’s Wall by Harold Courlander and George Herzog

Turquoise Horse by Gerald Hausman

Stage 2: Seeing Alternatives


A Game of Catch by Richard Wilbur

Oliver Hyde’s Dishcloth Concert by Richard Kennedy

The Hundred-Dollar Bill by Rose Wilder Lane

Stage 3: Going Deeper


The Invisible Child by Tove Jansson

In the Time of the Drums, Gullah folktale as told by Kim L. Siegelson

Learning the Game by Francisco Jiménez

The Bat-Poet by Randall Jarrell

(Junior Great Books information and image on this page are from The Great Books Foundation, 2013)

Novel Study- Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

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Novel Study- Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Hidden

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Math- Moving Through Dimensions

Moving Through Dimensions Math

Moving Through Dimensions approaches spatial reasoning through one-dimensional (1-D), two-dimensional (2-D), and three-dimensional (3-D) tasks. Students explore the transition between dimensions and representations of three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.

All students need to develop good spatial reasoning skills. However, gifted students are more likely to demonstrate an aptitude for advanced spatial reasoning at an early age. Because gifted students tend to respond to spatial reasoning experiences so well, they need more of them, both in quantity and complexity, than the standard curriculum provides. This unit will help develop an aptitude for spatial reasoning that already is present in some gifted students. It will offer opportunities that correspond to their demonstrated interests and aptitudes. It may be an awakening point for students who have not had these interests sparked due to lack of prior experiences.

(Moving Through Dimensions information and image on this page are from The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, 2010.)