Okay, so this is going to my first year teaching in my own classroom (I subbed for a year). I student taught in 5th grade in a VERY small town in the fall. The district didn't have a given curriculum to use for math and science, therefore my teacher and I created a pacing guide of the state standards in math and science and then taught them our own way. It worked very well too. Now I moved to a bigger district and will be teaching 5th grade again. The difference now is that I am given a curriculum for math and science (Everyday math and Science: A Closer Look). So my question is, do I need to teach all of the chapters? For example, the science curriculum has 12 chapters, do I need to teach all of them? And do I need to fit it in before state testing in mid-April? Or can I do a mix and use a pacing guide like I did before and use the curriculum to support it? I don't have an issue doing it any of these ways, just simply don't know how to do it. I do have a mentor teacher however he is traveling until in-service week starts the week before school starts. So just looking for a bit of clarification. Thank you for your help!!