Welcome to Fifth and Sixth Grade

For Social Studies, this year we will be learning about westward expansion.  We will start with early contact and move through to the Civil War. In science, we will be examining living organisms, learning about objects in space,  exploring the biomes of the world and starting some chemistry!  Our ELA program involves reading a variety of literary texts and doing a multitude of writing projects!  Fifth and Sixth grade students will be with me for Social Studies, Reading and ELA.  In addition, I will instruct the fifth grade students in their science curriculum.  I look forward to a fun and exciting year with many learning opportunities and experiences. 

Science 5

The science curriculum has recently changed with the new Next Generation standards guiding the coursework.  This fall we will begin in the life sciences by exploring how energy is obtained in both plants and animals, the winter months will be devoted to space science and the spring will begin our investigations into chemistry.  



Social Studies 5 and 6

The Social Studies curriculum for fifth and sixth grade rotates.  This year we are learning the sixth grade curriculum which starts with the dawn of man and continues up through the Renaissance.  As part of this, we will explore the geography and culture of these civilizations.

Reading 5 and 6

 We use the Pearson Reading Street program for our reading instruction. The program consists of authentic literature in a variety of genres.  There is a weekly reading piece, lessons on literary elements, vocabulary and reading skills.  Each week there is a reading assessment on the lessons covered followed by a unit assessment every five weeks.

ELA 5 and 6

The ELA curriculum for fifth and sixth grades consists of daily writing, weekly spelling and vocabulary work, grammar lessons and literary units that we read together.  The literary units are typically tied to the Social Studies or science curriculum.  In addition, the fifth grade students need to read 60 pages per week of outside reading and the sixth graders need to read 75 pages each week.


Contact info

I live in Blue Mountain Lake with my husband, Jim Pine, who teaches middle school Social Studies and special ed.  at Indian Lake Central. In my free time, I enjoy paddling, hiking, snowshoeing, reading, crafting, and traveling to new places.  I have been teaching at Long Lake Central for twenty-two years and look forward to another great year with fabulous students!    Please contact me at:  (518) 624-2221, ext. 309 or tpine@longlakecsd.org