Dual Language Window NOW OPEN!
Our Dual Language Immersion applications are now available for rising Kindergarten students for the 2023-2024 school year! Applications are due by February 15, 2023. | ¡La solicitud para nuestro programa de Inmersión en Dos Idiomas para estudiantes entrando al kinder ya esta disponible para el año escolar 2023-2024! Las solicitudes deben recibirse antes del 15 de febrero de 2023.

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Fifth Grade

Welcome to your final year at Balfour Elementary! 
We look forward to helping students prepare for middle school while getting to know each of them and their families as we embark on the journey of education together! We believe learning is an ongoing, never-ending life skill and we cannot wait to further instill the passion and love of seeking new knowledge while always asking questions and engaging in meaningful conversations and learning with our students! 

Curriculum - This year, we will be implementing the Common Core Standards in Literacy and Mathematics. 
Literacy: Each nine weeks will have a focused theme that integrates Social Studies into our reading and writing block. We expose students to various types of genres from novel studies, to poetry, biographies, current event articles and more. We will be taking part in guided reading groups, seminars, as well as a variety of other reading and writing activities.  
Social Studies: Our focus is on United States history, government, culture, and economics. We also focus on rights, responsibilities, and diversity of citizens in the United States and how that has influenced settlement and migration into the U.S. 
Science: This year in Science, we will be studying the following topics - Weather, Matter and Energy, Force and Motion, Genetics, Human Body and Environments. Students will learn these concepts through experiments, real life application and various strategies to teach science vocabulary terms. 
Math: In math, we will be focusing heavily on number concepts and operations. This includes fractions, decimals, base ten, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We also spend a great deal of time using the 8 Math Practices for solving problems. We will be studying Algebra, Geometry and Measurement along with our Number Unit. 


Testing
Fifth Graders are involved in several areas of testing throughout the
year:

  • End of Grade Tests 
  • Reading, Math, and Science Benchmarks 

Activities
We have a lot of fun things planned for fifth grade. Some things are:

  • D.A.R.E. 
  • Safety Patrol
  • NC Big Clean Sweep 
  • Battle of the Books 
  • Spelling Bee 
  • Field Trips 
  • End of Year Ceremony 
  • Student-Led Conferences 
  • Various Club Opportunities such as Soccer Club, Mustache Fraternity, Cooking Club, The Esteemed Club and more!
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