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.
- 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
- 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
Special Activities and Celebrations
- Investigate simple machines using Legos
- Vocation Awareness Day
- Operation Aware