The Stoughton Area School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.
Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.
In 5th Grade, units focus on the following:
1. Addition and Subtraction with Fractions
2. Addition and Subtraction with Decimals
3. Multiplication and Division with Fractions
4. Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals
5. Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals
6. Operations and Problem Solving
7. Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs
8. Measurement and Data
Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:
- Asking questions and identifying problems
- Planning and conducting investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing and using models
- Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating and communication information
In 5th Grade, the science standards are broken down into four topical questions taught over the course of the academic year. We are building familiarity with ideas related to the conservation and particulate nature of matter early on in the year. Students are prepared to put this knowledge to work in investigating various life and Earth systems in later bundles. The four topical questions related to this focus are:
- How much does air weigh?
- What are we made out of?
- Where does the rain come from?
- How far away are the stars?
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by TCI is the core resource used in grades K-5.
In Fifth Grade, Social Studies Alive! America's Past covers American history from the first migrations into the Americas through the 20th century. Intense interaction with the personalities, places, and events that structured our nation leads students to be both keen observers of and informed participants in U.S. history (From teachtci.com).
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.
The 5th Grade Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.
1. Elements & Principles (value, movement, space, form)
2. Drawing (1 point perspective, contour line)
3. Painting (tints/shades, complementary)
4. Ceramics (coil, construction techniques)
5. Sculpture (armature)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (textiles)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (relief (subtractive) prints)
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade five students will be able to:
- Demonstrate appropriate vocal technique
- Play a variety of simple and complex music
- Improvise music using a variety of sound sources
- Compose music using standard notation
- Interpret dynamic and articulation markings
- Understand vocabulary of vocal production
- Identify the sounds of a variety of instruments
- Use appropriate terminology in describing music performances
- Critique performances
- Compare the elements of music from a variety of cultures