Fifth Grade Curriculum


  • Harcourt Trophies is the District adopted core reading program for Gilbert Public Schools.  GPS is currently in the process of adopting a new core reading program for grades K-6.


  • GPS Traditional Schools use the Spalding Method as the basis for all instruction in literacy.  The Spalding Method of instruction is a total language arts approach to instruction that includes instruction in spelling, writing, and reading.  It integrates content, principles, and procedures that empower teachers and parents to be successful decision makers, equipping them with the ability to help all students learn to read and write.


  • GPS Traditional Schools use Treasures, McGraw Hill Education as a resource for reading instruction.  This reading program offers a wealth of high quality literature to engage learners.Explicit instruction and ample practice ensure students’ growth in reading proficiency.  Each week’s lesson integrates grammar, writing, and spelling for a total language arts approach.





Our vision is to provide every elementary student with an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that facilitates critical thinking skills and stimulates an interest in science.  Science kits available are Measuring Time, Motion & Design, Earth & Space Systems, Parachutes, and Windmills.


Social Studies

Fifth Grade Social Studies Units follow the Arizona State Standards and focus on American History.  Units include: Colonization, Economics, Explorers and Exploration, Geography, Revolutionary War, U.S. Government, U.S. Civil War, and Westward Movement. Harcourt’s The United States: Making a New Nation is the District adopted textbook for fifth grade.

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