• 5th Grade Math Information

    At the Intermediate School we use the i-Ready Mathematics Curriculum for both 5th and 6th grade. Most of the work we do will be done on paper and in workbooks, but there is an online component to the curriculum as well. 

    The main topics we will cover in 5th grade math this year are:

    • Multiplication and Division using multi-digit numbers
    • Understanding place value and adding and subtracting decimals and fractions
    • Multiplication and division with fractions and decimals
    • Converting units of measurement and using/interpreting data
    • Pre-algebra skills including analyzing patterns, writing basic math expressions and graphing points

    There will not be regularly assigned homework, however, any classwork students did not complete during class will be expected to be finished at home and turned in the next morning. Students will also be expected to complete 45-60 minutes of online i-Ready work each week. There will be opportunities for this work to be done during class, but some students may need time outside of class to finish the work.

    Students will take quizzes approximately once a week covering the material we are learning in math. Larger unit and mid-unit tests will be given every 3-4 weeks. Students will have opportunities to correct mistakes on quizzes/tests and retake them to demonstrate their improved understanding.


    5th Grade Science Information


    5th Grade at the Intermediate School uses the Carolina Science Building Blocks of Science (BBS) curriculum for science. All of the curriculum for science is online, but we will frequently use hands-on materials and science journals to complete work in class. 

    The units of study in 5th grade science this year are:

    • Structure and Properties of Matter
    • Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
    • Earth and Space Systems

    We will also help students become more familiar with the scientific method and the engineering design process as we try different activities in class. 

    Students will demonstrate their learning in science by completing short labs/activities, writing responses and quizzes. There will generally not be homework for science. 

    I will send out more information about what we will be doing in class as we begin the year. My team teacher, Jeffrey Meeks and I plan to send an email each Friday with updates and important information about what is happening in class. Please regularly check in with your child about what he/she is learning at school and feel free to contact me when you have questions. I will be regularly updating my gradebooks in Skyward, so checking that information is also a great way to stay informed.

    Thank you for your support, and I look forward to a great year with your child!



  •  Dear Fifth Grade Families,

    Hello! My name is Matt Black and I will be your child’s math and science teacher this year. This will be my second year teaching at the Intermediate School, but my history at this school goes back much further--I attended school here back when it was Oak Harbor Middle School and graduated from OHHS in 2000. After teaching middle school on the East Coast for 12 years I recently moved back to Whidbey with my 3-year-old son Michael to live closer to family. Both of my parents worked for the school district--my mom as a paraprofessional and my dad as the NJROTC instructor at the high school. So, I am continuing a family tradition here in Oak Harbor! 

    I know this year is an important one for your child in many ways. Every student in our class will be new to the Intermediate School, and some will be new to the school district. And this year also marks a return to a “normal” school week, with students attending in person classes each weekday. With that in mind, I believe my primary job as a teacher will be to create a community this year where your child feels safe, supported, and positive about school. During the beginning of the year we will take time to get to know each other and develop consistent routines and practices to help us get off to a successful start as a supportive community.

    I am always impressed by the enthusiasm and curiosity of intermediate-level students.  I consider it my job to help your son or daughter continue to foster a love of learning while becoming a more independent person and thinker. Both the science and math curriculum we will work with this year allow students to investigate new topics and take ownership for their own learning. It is my hope that students will feel confident to take academic risks and view mistakes as a natural (and positive) part of learning new topics.   

    Thank you in advance for your support. I plan to be in touch through weekly emails and I will also do my best to reach out via phone or email to share your child’s successes or express any concerns I have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. The best way to contact me is via email at mablack@ohsd.net   I am also hoping you will take the time to complete the enclosed survey and send it back to school with your child on our first day of school on Thursday. My hope is that it will give me a chance to learn a little about your child and how to best support him or her before we start working together. 


    Matt Black