Expressing Knowledge in New Ways: Fifth Grade

Expressing Knowledge in New Ways: Fifth Grade

Catherine Schifter (Temple University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-765-2.ch010
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Abstract

How do fifth grade classrooms differ from fourth grade classrooms? The simple answer is that the curricula for mathematics, literacy, science, and social studies are more complex, requiring the students to learn new vocabulary as well as to expand on concepts previously learned. The room will not actually look much different, other than there may be less student work posted around and more rubrics posted for writing, reading genres, ciphering mathematics, or science concepts. Word walls will no doubt still be prevalent, since the vocabulary word of the day is still an important component of learning. And there may be many different word walls, such as one for mathematics or one for science concepts, as examples. Otherwise, the room itself will not appear much different from a fourth grade classroom or sixth grade classroom.

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