5th Grade Humanities

Through an integrated curriculum, students will closely examine literature, history, geography, and vocabulary. The theme of this year’s study is ancient civilizations, and the selected readings will expose students to key figures and events in antiquity, as well as a variety of literary works. By the end of the school year, students will be able to engage in active reading, track their reading progress through reader response journals and learning logs, and comprehend and summarize written texts. Our lessons will incorporate a variety of writing activities, using a Lucy Calkins workshop model. Our workshops will include creative writing and practice of select rhetorical models (including narrative, informative, opinion, and argument writing models). The fifth grade class will also publish a monthly newspaper, for which they will each perform specialized, rotating roles. By the end of the year, students will be able to successfully employ planning, organization, and revision strategies.
Our Books: 

Mesopotamia / Understanding Early Civilizations: Hatchet, Gary Paulsen; Frozen Man, David Getz          

Literary Genres: realistic fiction and non-fiction

Ancient Egypt: Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian HieroglyphsJames Rumford; The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt Elizabeth Payne; Ancient Egyptian Art, Susie Hodge; The Egypt Game, Zilpha Keatley Snyder 

Literary Genres: mystery and non-fiction

Civilizations in Ancient Asia: A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park, The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac, Dawn Casey; The Great Wall of China, Leonard Everett Fisher; Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood From China, Ed Young; The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History, John S. Major; Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China, Suzanne Williams and Andrea Fong; The Ch’i-lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories, retold by Linda Fang; The Legend of Mu Lan a Heroine of Ancient China

Literary Genres: historical fiction, non-fiction, short story 

Ancient Greece and Rome: The D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Ingri and Edgar Pain D’Aulaires, The Children’s Homer, Padraic Colum, The Ancient Greeks, Virginia Schomp;Favorite Greek Myths, retold by Mary Pope Osborne; The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles,Pedriac Colum; Homer: The Odyssey, Gillian Cross

Literary Genre: myth, epic poem

 Additional: we will use a variety of primary and secondary materials, including periodicals, video clips, and internet sources. 

Our Field Trips: 

Camp Dark Waters

Mt. Misery, The Pine Barrens

PENN Museum of Archeology, Ancient Egypt, “Mummy Makers” tour and workshop

Philadelphia Art Museum: “Greek and Roman Mythology in Art”

Walking tour: “The Grecian Orders in Haddonfield”