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Fifth Grade Reading

Fifth grade teachers use McMillian McGraw-Hill Treasures Reading textbook to teach reading, spelling, writing and grammar.   The purpose of this page is to give parents a general idea of what is being taught in fifth grade reading.  For more information, please see your child's teacher.

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Unit 1 (Aug. 20 - Sept. 25) ~ ~ Unit 2 (Oct 1 - Nov 9) ~ ~ Unit 3 (Nov 12 - Dec 20)

Unit 4 (Jan 3 - Feb 15) ~~ Unit 5 (Feb 18 - Mar 21) ~~ Unit 6 (March 31 - May 23)


Unit 1:  August 20 - September 25

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
1 Aug. 20 Aug. 24 Unit 1, Week 1.  Theme:  School Contests
Story: Miss Alaineus
Vocabulary Terms: slumped, soggy, capable, categories, strands, gigantic, credit, luminous
Grammar Focus: Sentences, Punctuating Sentences
Writing Process: Personal Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
2 Aug. 27 Aug. 31
Unit 1, Week 2.  Theme:  American Legends
Story:

Davy Crockett Saves the World

Vocabulary Terms: original, wring, advertisement, commenced, fireball, impress, elected, sauntered
Grammar Focus: Subjects and Predicates, Commas in a Series
Writing Process: Personal Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
3 Sept. 4 Sept. 7
Unit 1, Week 3.  Theme:  Trees for Life
Story:

Forests of the World

Vocabulary Terms: quest, setting, reduce, buffet, major
Grammar Focus: Sentence Combining, Punctuate Compound Sentences
Writing Process: Do research and write a letter
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
4 Sept. 10 Sept. 14
Unit 1, Week 4.  Theme:  Exploring Space
Story:

Ultimate Field Trip 5: Blasting Off to Space Academy

Vocabulary Terms: mission, disasters, environment, zone, gravity, maze, adjusted, function
Grammar Focus: Sentence Combining, Complex Sentences, Use commas and capital letters in a Letter
Writing Process: Personal Narrative, Letter to Editor, Email, Postcard
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
5 Sept. 17 Sept. 21
Unit 1, Week 5.  Theme:  Rescue Dogs
Story:

Pipiolo and the Roof Dogs

Vocabulary Terms: variety, transformed, celebration, moistened, fragrance, cooperation, canceled, theory
Grammar Focus: Run-on sentences, Correcting fragments
Writing Process: Personal Narrative, Write a Tall Tale, Diary Entry, Newspaper Article, Poem
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
6 Sept. 24 Sept. 25 Unit 1 Test

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Unit 2:  October 1 - November 9

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
7 Oct 1 Oct 5 Unit 2, Week 1.  Theme:  People Helping Animals
Story: Shiloh
Vocabulary Terms: injury, mournful, sympathy, delivering, slurp, shrieks, decency, bulletin board
Grammar Focus: Common and Proper Nouns, Capitalizing Proper Nouns
Writing Process: Write an Advertisement
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
8 Oct 8 Oct 12
Unit 2, Week 2.  Theme:  Slithery Snakes
Story:

Rattlers!

Vocabulary Terms: species, survive, alert, vibrates, surroundings, prey, predators, lunging
Grammar Focus: Singular and Plural Nouns, Punctuating a Formal Letter
Writing Process: Write a Letter
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
9 Oct 15 Oct 19
Unit 2, Week 3.  Theme:  Remembering the Past
Story:

Mya Lin: Architect of Memory

Vocabulary Terms: dedicated, equality, artifacts, exhibits, site
Grammar Focus: More Plural Nouns, Use Correct Plural Forms
Writing Process: Create research questions, organize information, synthesize information and write
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
10 Oct 22 Oct 26
Unit 2, Week 4.  Theme:  The Caribbean Islands
Story:

The Night of San Juan

Vocabulary Terms: forbidden, reluctant, gossiped, irresistible, elegant, blared, mischievous, hesitation
Grammar Focus: Possessive Nouns, Adding s or 's
Writing Process: Write a Persuasive Essay
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
11 Oct 29 Nov 2
Unit 2, Week 5.  Theme:  Cowboys and Cowgirls
Story:

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses

Vocabulary Terms: vastness, enthusiasm, horizon, ravine, presence, swerved, flickered, suspended
Grammar Focus: Plurals and Possessives, Punctuating Titles
Writing Process: Write a Review
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
12 Nov 5 Nov 9 Unit 2 Review and Test

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Unit 3:  November 12 - December 20

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
13 Nov 12 Nov 16 Unit 3, Week 1.  Theme:  The American Revolution
Story: Sleds on Boston Common
Vocabulary Terms: navigation, instruct, swagger, patriots, tyrant, stark, governor, spunk
Grammar Focus: Action Verbs
Writing Process: Writing a Fictional Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
14 Nov 19 Nov 21
Unit 3, Week 2.  Theme:  The Right to Vote
Story:

When Ester Morris Headed West

Vocabulary Terms: representative, colonel, attorney, qualify, postpone, submit, legislature, satisfactory
Grammar Focus: Verb Tenses
Writing Process: Writing a Fictional Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
15 Nov 26 Nov 30
Unit 3, Week 3.  Theme:  Protecting the Environment
Story:

Beyond the Horizon

Vocabulary Terms: humanity, inevitable, unheeded, enlightened, prevailing
Grammar Focus: Main and Helping Verbs
Writing Process: Writing a Fictional Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
16 Dec 3 Dec 7
Unit 3, Week 4.  Theme:  Desert Habitats
Story:

My Great-Grandmother's Gourd

Vocabulary Terms: brimming, gushed, landscape, scorching, parched, scrawny, gnarled, progress
Grammar Focus: Linking Verbs
Writing Process: Writing a Fictional Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
17 Dec 10 Dec 14
Unit 3, Week 5.  Theme:  Into the Future
Story:

Zathura

Vocabulary Terms: robot, defective, meteor, rotated, staggered, reversed, dangling, tokens
Grammar Focus: Correct verb usage
Writing Process: Writing a Fictional Narrative
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
18 Dec 17 Dec 20 Unit 3 Test

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Unit 4:  January 3 - February 15

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
19 Jan 3 Jan 11 Unit 4, Week 1.  Theme:  Civil Rights
Story: Goin' Someplace Special
Vocabulary Terms: scald, permission, autograph, fare, blurted, clenched, chiseled, spectacular
Grammar Focus: Pronouns and Antecedents
Writing Process: Writing a Research Report
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
20 Jan 14 Jan 18
Unit 4, Week 2.  Theme:  Animal Defenses
Story:

Carlos and the Skunk

Vocabulary Terms: glimpse, secluded, behavior, arroyo, arousing, stunned, nestled, unpleasant
Grammar Focus: Subject and Object Pronouns
Writing Process: Writing a Research Report
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
21 Jan 21 Jan 15
Unit 4, Week 3.  Theme:  Democracy
Story:

Getting Out the Vote

Vocabulary Terms: compelled, presidential, disrespectful, unenthusiastically, succeed, preoccupied
Grammar Focus: Pronoun-Verb Agreement; Abbreviations
Writing Process: Writing a Research Report
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
22 Jan 28 Feb 1
Unit 4, Week 4.  Theme:  Extreme Weather
Story:

Hurricanes

Vocabulary Terms: damages, property, available, contact, atmosphere, destruction, hurricanes, surge
Grammar Focus: Possessive Pronouns; Use Hyphens
Writing Process: Writing a Research Report
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
23 Feb 4 Feb 8
Unit 4, Week 5.  Theme:  Trickster Tales
Story:

The Catch of the Day

Vocabulary Terms: riverbank, wares, treasurer, merchandise, educate, burdens, appreciation, unfortunate
Grammar Focus: Pronouns, Contractions and Homophones; Apostrophes and Possessives
Writing Process: Writing a Research Report
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
24 Feb 11 Feb 15 Unit 4Test

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Unit 5:  February 18 - March 21

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
25 Feb 18 Feb 22 Unit 5, Week 1.  Theme:  North and South Poles
Story: Spirit of Endurance
Vocabulary Terms: frigid, treacherous, triumph, uninhabited,
expedition, labor, dismantled, abandon
Grammar Focus: Adjectives and Demonstrative Adjectives
Writing Process: Descriptive Writing
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
26 Feb 25 Feb 27
Unit 5, Week 2.  Theme:  Fantastic Foods
Story:

Weslandia

Vocabulary Terms: shortage, bedlam, outcast, reflected,
strategy, civilization, traditional, complex
Grammar Focus: Articles
Writing Process: Descriptive Writing
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
27 Feb 28 Mar 4
Unit 5, Week 3.  Theme:  Learning From Nature
Story:

A Historic Journey

Vocabulary Terms: instill, combined, naturalist, vacant, diverse
Grammar Focus: Adjectives that Compare
Writing Process: Descriptive Writing
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
28 Mar 5 Mar 7
Unit 5, Week 4.  Theme:  Talking in Codes
Story:

The Unbreakable Code

Vocabulary Terms: corridor, reservation, enlisted, invasion,
shield, location, sagged, creased
Grammar Focus: Comparing with More and Most
Writing Process: Descriptive Writing
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
29 Mar 10 Mar 13
Unit 5, Week 5.  Theme:  Whales
Story:

The Gri Gri Tree

Vocabulary Terms: ventured, emerged, unreasonable, attraction,
inquire, discussions, sprawled, focused
Grammar Focus: Comparing Good with Bad
Writing Process: Descriptive Writing
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
30 Mar 17 Mar 21 Unit 5 Test

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Unit 6: March 31 - May 23 

Weeks Beginning Date Ending Date Lessons/Topics
31 Apr 7 Apr 11 Unit 6, Week 1.  Theme:  Fairy Tales
Story: The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring
Vocabulary Terms: dismiss, intentions, despair, bridle,
descended, accompany, delicacies, consented
Grammar Focus: Adverbs
Writing Process: Explanatory Writing: How To Article
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
32 Apr 14 Apr 18
Unit 6, Week 2.  Theme:  Camping Out
Story:

Skunk Scout

Vocabulary Terms: guaranteed, supervise, frustrated, coordination,
ease, scenery, bundle, fused
Grammar Focus: Adverbs that Compare
Writing Process: Explanatory Writing: How To Article
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
33 Apr 21 Apr 25
Unit 6, Week 3.  Theme:  Improving Lives
Story:

A Dream Come True

Vocabulary Terms: elementary, physical, rigid, interact, wheelchair
Grammar Focus: Negatives
Writing Process: Explanatory Writing: How To Article
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
34 Apr 28 May 2
Unit 6, Week 4.  Theme:  Balloon Flight
Story:

Up in the Air: The Story of Balloon Flight

Vocabulary Terms: launched, particles, dense, inflate,
anchored, companion, hydrogen, scientific
Grammar Focus: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
Writing Process: Explanatory Writing: How To Article
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
35 May 5 May 9
Unit 6, Week 5.  Theme:  Scientists at Work
Story:

Hidden Worlds

Vocabulary Terms: specimens, erupted, murky, dormant,
scoured, biology, research, observer
Grammar Focus: Sentence Combining
Writing Process: Explanatory Writing: How To Article
Spelling Words: Click here to download spelling list.
36 May 12 May 23 Unit 6 Test & Reading Project (Cross-Curriculum)

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