Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is a self contained classroom unit. There is one main teacher for social studies, science and religion. The students are split into two groups for math and reading/language arts and have the opportunity to participate in P.E., Spanish, art and music.


Language Arts

  • Read narrative and expository texts fluently and accurately and with appropriate pacing, intonation and expression
  • Read and comprehend text in order to:  determine the purpose of a text, locate information, identify cause and effect relationships, determine the main idea, make inferences and draw conclusions.
  • Determine characteristics of various genres of literature, identify the writer’s perspectives, analyze a character’s traits and use literature to understand other time periods and cultures.
  • Identify figurative language and sound devices (alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhyme) and recognize how they are used.
  • Identify and use four sentence types and build sentences with essential elements
  • Identify types of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, prepositional phrases, conjunctions and interjections and investigate their uses.
  • Practice appropriate punctuation and the correct use of capitalization.
  • Compose original stories, poetry, friendly letters, book reports and invitations using correct punctuation and grammar
  • Practice reference skills


  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide fractions and decimals
  • Convert between decimals, fractions and percents
  • Compare/simplify fractions and decimals
  • Write decimals as fractions and percents
  • Apply order of operations
  • Find greatest common factor, least common factor and least common denominator
  • Read, write and plot positive and negative numbers on a number line
  • Use bar/line/pie graphs to show statistical data
  • Write and evaluate simple algebraic expressions with one variable.
  • Write and solve word problems
  • Explore basic geometry
  • Explore basic measurement – convert measurements within the same system, read a thermometer and measure length in customary and metric units
  • Use appropriate statistical methods to interpret data – use mean, median, mode and range, interpret table and graphs and determine probability and express as fractions


  • Engage in investigations that lead to the discovery of science concepts
  • Determine that matter is anything that has mass, takes up space, occurs as a solid, liquid or gas and is made of atoms and elements
  • Recognize that energy can change forms
  • Determine that cells are the basic units of living matter
  • Determine that plants have different structures that enable them to survive
  • Describe the function of organisms with the population of an ecosystem
  • Discover how the systems of the human body help it operate
  • Explain how the Earth’s major systems can affect the Earth’s surface materials and processes
  • Learn how individuals and communities effect the environment
  • Observe that the solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Earth

Social Studies

  • Examine James Towne Settlement and Plymouth Colony
  • Compare and contrast the developments of the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies
  • Examine the foundations of the American nation during the Revolutionary Era
  • Demonstrate map skills and identify geographical features


  • Describe the nature and purpose of each sacrament while exploring the symbolic words and actions used with them
  • Discuss elements of the Creed
  • Recognize that all followers of Jesus are called to the ministry of service through Baptism
  • Describe sin as a broken relationship to God
  • Recognize that all people are called to live the Gospel message through Catholic Social Teachings
  • Show respect and reverence for life
  • Experience different forms of prayer
  • Experience and participate in various devotions


  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library/Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Investigate simple machines using Legos
  • Vocation Awareness Day
  • Operation Aware