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Wagner Ranch Elementary School

A Place for Everyone

Wagner Ranch Elementary School

A Place for Everyone

5th Grade

We are excited to be your teachers this year. 5th grade is a year for maturing and independence. We will work hard to prepare all students for success in middle school.


Here are some curriculum highlights for 5th grade:
Reader's Workshop
  • Studying characters and making interpretations in fiction stories
  • Strategies for reading complex nonfiction
  • Informational research projects
  • Book clubs
  • Exciting classroom read-alouds

Writer's Workshop

  • Personal narratives
  • Opinion debate and essays
  • Literary essays
  • Informational essays
  • Poetry


  • Math Talks to help build number sense and confidence
  • Problem solving skills and strategies
  • Number sense
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Place value
  • Algebra
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Graphing

Social Studies: United States History

  • North American Native Americans
  • Early Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • Revolutionary War
  • United States government


  • Living Systems
  • Mixtures and Solutions
  • Earth and Moon
  • FOSS Science Investigations and regular science labs
  • Work in the school garden

Character Education

  • ThinkFirst/Second Step: district adopted character education and bullying prevention programs
  • Kid Power: Empowering students to make wise choices behaviorally, socially, and academically


  • 40 minutes of art a week with the art teacher
  • 30 minutes of music a week with the music teacher
  • Two, 30 minute P.E. classes a week with our P.E. Teacher. Students also receive an additional 40 minutes a week of class P.E. with their classroom teacher
  • 30 minutes of library a week with librarian
  • 1 hour in the garden every two weeks