Timberdoodle's Fifth-Grade Handbook
This guide helps you know which books to use when and how to schedule your school year. A weekly schedule is included to give you enough structure to make sure your child doesn't miss anything, without the stress of an overly specific plan that leaves no room for the give and take of real life.
Samples coming soon.
Jump In Bundle
By the time your child hits middle school you will be glad to find an easy-to-use creative writing program that is aimed at independent learning. Jump Ins illustrated workbook, lots of white space, large font, and short incremental daily assignments camouflage the workhorse that it is, teaching your child how to write persuasive papers, expository essays, descriptions, narration, and poetry. The necessary parent/teacher guide includes how to evaluate an assignment, how to help your child proofread, and daily writing prompts designed to appeal to this age group. Jump Ins highly engaging, light-hearted tone takes the tears out of creative writing.
Editor-in-Chief is our favorite program to bridge the gap between grammar head knowledge and practical application. Your children will enjoy finding the errors in content, grammar, punctuation, and usage in each exercise. And catching the occasional discrepancies between pictures and the text add an extra challenge! Detailed solutions are included.
Critical and Creative 5
From brainteasers and logic puzzles to mazes, Venn diagrams, and secret codes, Critical & Creative Thinking Activities has a wealth of mind-boggling activities that your child will enjoy. Exercises include thinking fluency, originality, generalizing, patterning, and problem-solving. Every lesson is based on grade-appropriate themes and is correlated to state standards. Just as important, the presentation is appealing, and many students will find that thinking skills are the highlight of their schoolwork.
Spelling You See Level F
Each daily lesson in Spelling You See uses real words presented in context within poems or informational passages. Plus each lesson is colorful, short, to the point, and fun! Did I mention were in love? You will be too when you discover how relaxed and easy it is to implement Spelling You See.
Doodling books are great for any age, encouraging imagination, creative thinking and story-inventing abilities, so why not tie that in with your history theme this year? Doodle America does just that, covering historical events, places of interest, and fascinating facts from sea to shining sea.
Teaching Textbooks 5
This year your child will continue with our favorite math program ever. Teaching Textbooks Math 5 is a full-year curriculum designed to be completed on the computer. The friendly lessons and automatic grading mean that this program will be a blessing to both you and your child! (Not sure if this is the correct level to start your child in? Have him take this free placement test
and make sure.)
2015 Fifth Grade Complete
Pathway Reader 5
Designed to be used in Amish classrooms, these basal readers are solidly wholesome, with none of the fantasy that is commonplace in both Christian and secular readers. Because the Amish don't use electricity, you won't find stories dealing with the latest in films, computers, or TVs. Instead, the stories are centered on farm life, with horse auctions, harvests, and LARGE families. With simple typesetting and a few black-and-white sketches, these hardback books are not splashy, but are lovely in their simplicity.
One note: While we believe that reading is the single most important skill to foster in your fifth-grader, you'll notice that we did not include many traditional readers. Don't let this puzzle you. Our experience is that the best way to help your child become an eager reader is to constantly supply him with reading materials that interest him. Future doctors may want to read up on anatomy, young explorers are drawn to the escapades of adventurers young and old, and the baby-lover in your family will be captivated by adoption stories. Assign reading if you must, but encourage it at all costs; a child who enjoys reading will find it easier to excel in every area.
Cat and Mouse GoGetter
The goal is simple: Choose a challenge from the glossy, spiral-bound booklet and then make the right connections to build a path by arranging the sturdy plastic maze tiles. Challenges seem simple at first: Build a road from the white cat to the gray mouse. But keep in mind that all roads must connect to something with no dead ends and you'll find that even the "simple" challenges take some brain-power. There are forty-eight multi-level challenges with over 1,000 solutions ranging from easy to difficult. (Challenge twenty: Both dogs to the bone. Mouse to the garbage. Dogs must not be able to get to the mouse.)
Brain Builder Trio
Can your 5th grader look at a technical drawing and build a 3-D object? An essential STEM skill, 3-D visualization is the backbone of many professions. Keva Brain Builders will help your child strengthen his 3-D visualization skills using technical drawings and the highly acclaimed Keva planks. With 30 challenge cards and 20 Keva planks, your child will be asked to build a familiar object after seeing its front, top, and side technical drawing. Answers are provided. From lemonade stand to toboggan, rowboat, or even cannon, Keva Brain Builders make learning this skill fun.
America the Beautiful Bundle
With a more interesting approach than most textbooks, America the Beautiful's all-in-one American history, geography, and literature course covers not only historical events from 1000 A.D. to the present, but also natural, God-created attractions; major landmarks; biographies; and what daily life looked like during various eras. Daily, child-pleasing portions guide your student effortlessly through American history, incorporating a plethora of historical photographs, color photos, illustrations, and artwork, plus the reasonably large font with generous amounts of white space.. Bundle includes two textbooks, We the People companion text, plus Answer Key, Timeline, and Maps.
Clever! Just when you think there are no new ways to craft a United States jigsaw puzzle, someone proves you wrong. In this case, it is the same company which produces the widely popular, 600-piece Global Puzzle included in fourth grade. What makes the United States Puzzle so distinctive? First, the United States Puzzle is in fact shaped like the United States, with all its beautiful contours. If you have only experienced puzzles with straight edges, you are in for a treat. Second, each state is a puzzle in itself; for example, the state of Washington is made of eight pieces, those pieces together forming the actual shape of Washington. Finally, a surprising bonus is that each state is overlaid with its own symbolic flag. Imagine how much your fifth grader will learn about the USA this year!
Djeco Draw Tags
This popular set teaches the basic styles of graffiti art and comes with 12 train car images on which to learn the bubble-letters coloring fundamentals; 6 blank truck cut-outs to practice what hes learned; 3 fold-out city scenes for adding his personal touch; and long-lasting, artist-quality, double-ended, felt-tip pens. A detailed instruction book is also included. Beautifully illustrated and housed in a sturdy gift box.
Note: We realize the idea of teaching graffiti may be disturbing for some. However, the skills learned are valuable the manual ability to create beautiful lettering will carry over to any fine art, and the visual design skills are similar to what is used for graphic design. Nevertheless, if Draw Tags is not the right kit for you, by all means feel free to substitute any other great art kit by Djeco.
A colorful, conversational approach to science, Exploring Creation with Zoology is also very easy to teach. This program uses a notebook-based approach, meaning that as you go through the course your child will be asked to write, draw, or dictate the results of his experiments into a notebook. Not only will this help him retain what he learns, but at the end of the year you will have a lovely record of his work! The hands-on experiments sprinkled throughout the book are sure to be a highlight for both of you. Your Complete Curriculum includes the Exploring Creation with Zoology 3 hardbound textbook and a Notebooking Journal. One note: Don't feel you need to fill in every spot in the notebook; pick and choose what your time and your child's interest allows!
When one of our children was a preschooler, we received the best advice a parent of a kinesthetic child could receive: Let her wiggle. And wiggle she did. I don't think she sat for schoolwork for many years. Thinking Putty offers your child a way to move without becoming a distraction. An impressive, adult-sized handful of high-quality, moldable putty, the non-toxic, non-gooey Thinking Putty will bounce, stretch, tear, drip, snap, even shatter. Finally, your little wiggler will be able to sit and listen!
Spectrum Test Practice 5
Spectrum Test Practice offers a comprehensive and sequential way to practice the content areas offered on numerous standardized tests, plus access to online state-specific test practice. The up-to-date content reflects national standards and includes practice tests in reading, language arts, and math.
Smencils (Scented Pencils) are made from 100% recycled newspapers; you can even see the layers of recycled newspaper when you sharpen them! Individually packed in their own freshness tubes (made of corn-based biodegradable plastic), guaranteed to keep the delicious aromas fresh for two years. (One Smencil included with each Complete Curriculum.)
Show Me How to Survive
We want kids to read, so we move mountains (of books) looking for any title that will cause a reluctant reader to crack open a book. Show Me How to Survive is one such title. This is not necessarily because your child will need to know how to disarm a shooter, survive a shipwreck, or rescue-breathe for a dog, but because its hundreds of illustrations and sparse text make for an irresistible mix for readers and non-readers alike. Colorful, insightful, and maybe just a bit quirky, this visual guide demystifies 175 events, everything from the essential to the unusual, each explained in nearly wordless, step-by-step illustrations. You'll also find this to be the perfect idea generator for StopMotion Explosion!
4-D Animal Cell
All the complexities of cells can be hard to digest with just book learning. The Animal Cell Model provides a unique way for learning the essential components to these building blocks of life. Each six-inch Cell Model contains twenty-four super-detailed, detachable pieces and features cutaway sections of the various cell parts. Assemble and disassemble as many times as you like, as these science puzzles are made to last.
America the Beautiful Student Workbook
An optional companion to the America the Beautiful Curriculum Package, America the Beautiful Student Workbook is a book of crosswords, find-a-words, matching, codes, drawing assignments, and other handwork activities which review and reinforce information learned in the daily lessons. This book is designed for students in 5th and 6th grades, but it is suitable for older children who enjoy these types of activities. Plastic coil. 150 pages. Consumable.
Extreme Dot-to-Dot USA History
Unlike conventional dot-to-dot puzzles that reveal too much of the picture and ruin the mystery, the Extreme Dot-to-Dot puzzles are intricate and so challenging that when your child looks at a page, he will have no idea what the result will be. That means Extreme Dot-to-Dot USA History will not only reinforce your student's history lessons this year, it will also provide a workout for your child's problem-solving and thinking skills!
When you pledge your allegiance what exactly are you saying? When a flag is spangled is that good or bad? Does the Declaration of Independence promise happiness to all USA citizens? Kids' Translations Collection answers these and other questions in a format that children will find simple, engaging, and memorable, with timelines, a glossary, lots of illustrations, photos, and even a "Why do I care?" section.
United States Scrunch Map
Wall maps are great, unless you want access to them in another room. Portable maps are convenient, until you need to put them away and face the complex origami of the traditional map. Now you have both convenience and portability with a ScrunchMap. Is there any easier way to fold a map than to scrunch it up into a ball and stuff it in a fist-sized bag? Printed on water and tear-resistant material, ScrunchMaps are as kid-proof as you can get. So take your ScrunchMap out to the tree house, down to the beach, up the mountain, and across the country; this map is designed to be a workhorse.
Stopmotion Explosion Kit
This very cool kit is a complete introduction to stop-motion animation and filmmaking. With over 290 pages of step-by-step tutorials and hundreds of illustrations, your student will learn how to write screenplays and draw storyboards; how to make a character walk, run, or talk; and finally how to edit scenes and add voices and sound effects. With the StopMotion Explosion Animation Set, your children could research and animate just about anything. The included camera attaches to your computer via a USB cable and utilizes frame-grabbing software that takes all the frames and sticks them together to make a film. You can preview and tweak your animations using onion-skinning, use the included software to add audio and character voices, then enhance and morph the sounds using hundreds of audio effects and free recording software. The kit includes the StopMotion Explosion Book; a CD with sound effects, software for Windows or Mac OS X computers, and a storyboard template; and a specially selected Windows- and Mac OS X-compatible camera with 800x600 image resolution, quality optics with smooth manual focus down to 3cm, and full control of exposure, color, and white balance.