Students in Fifth Grade experience many opportunities for academic and spiritual growth as they move into middle school.
MAIN THEMES / SKILLS
Fifth Grade students study the seven sacraments. Also included in the Fifth Grade curriculum is human sexuality and development, which is taught from a Catholic view.
The focus of the Fifth Grade Reading Program is building an extensive vocabulary and practicing reading comprehension on a daily basis. Other skills such as sequencing, point of view, character, and cause and effect are also studied and practiced. In Fifth Grade, students read from a variety of books and classic novels such as Island of the Blue Dolphins, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Pictures of Hollis Woods, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, The Westing Game and Hatchet. There are four major areas of writing that the Fifth Grade studies: personal writing, essay, fiction, narrative and poetry. All papers are completed in a five-paragraph format. Grammar and spelling are also integrated into the curriculum.
Fifth grade students use the Saxon Math Program. Daily the students practice facts and mental math. The students go over numerous skills, for example fractions, long division, measurement and algebra.
Fifth grade students review geography skills. Students also focus on an introduction to American History.
The science curriculum actively engages students in developing concepts, inquiry and problem solving skills by ‘doing science and technology’. The four modules include: heat and changes in materials, weather, the human body, and designing environmental solutions.
Fifth grade students do a variety of seasonal art projects, as well as painting and drawing. Art appreciation is fostered.
Students learn through lecture, small group collaboration, individual work and whole class discussion.