The focus in fifth grade are the Sacraments. Each Sacrament is explored, its symbolism and how we are filled with grace because of our union with that Sacrament. Students are invited to participate in a variety of prayer experiences, growth in scripture, a call to service and reflection of their own spiritual being.
Consisting of novel studies developing comprehension strategies, independent reading, book reports and vocabulary. Comprehension strategies include literary elements such as setting, characters, theme, plot development, conflict and resolution and vocabulary development. Other comprehension strategies include summarizing, asking questions, inferring, predicting, visualizing and making connections.
Students use RINGO activities for motivation for independent reading and book reports. Nonfiction texts are chosen to enhance Social Studies and Science curriculum. Vocabulary relating to novel studies, as well as selected weekly vocabulary, help build this language segment. Knowledge of meaning and spelling of assigned words will be assessed at the end of the lesson. Students are encouraged to use their particular learning style to aid with learning to spell the given set of vocabulary words.
Basic grammar is covered. The writing program focuses on the writing process and incorporating “Six-Trait Writing.” Fifth graders practice their writing skills in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences. Research writing is a component of the writing program.
We continue the scaffolding of previous learning. Division of whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, addition and subtraction of fractions, measurement, geometry, algebra, graphic and problem solving skills cover the scope of the year. There is an emphasis on mental math skills, mathematical vocabulary, critical thinking and problem solving strategies. Students also focus on communicating in math using words, symbols, or pictures.
There are eight strands to the Social Studies curriculum. They include geography, history, civics, economics, culture, citizenship, government and skills. Fifth graders approach these strands under the umbrella of America. American History up to 1900, the development of democracy in American government and the geography of the United States are emphasized. Opportunities for current events discussion and critical thinking skills are also incorporated.
Students receive hands-on-learning so that students learn by doing. The units include: Variables (all disciplines), Levers and Pulleys (physics) and Environments (biology). The main focus of the program is scientific method.