Fifth Grade

 

Language Arts

5th grade uses the Reading series, Reading Wonders.  It helps build a strong reading foundation by exposing children to complex texts and requiring them to find and use text evidence to answer higher-order thinking questions.  Students are actively engaged in collaborative conversations as they learn to closely read both informational and fictional texts.  In conjunction with our series, students continue to be a part of Literature Circles in which they read and respond to several different types of literature. In addition, fifth grade students participate in WordMaster analogy challenge contests throughout the year to strengthen their ability to find and apply relationships between and among words.  

The fifth grade students continue their language development with their grammar studies.  Students are taught how to diagram sentences.  This helps students identify each word's role in a sentence as well as helping them build a strong foundation for writing complex sentences.  Grammar concepts that are learned in class are then applied to a variety of writing assignments including research reports, narratives, poems, etc.  

Math

This year, students are working in their last level of GO Math! This engaging and interactive series teaches students to think critically and apply their math knowledge while meeting the latest educational standards. With a wealth of digital and print resources, the learning needs of all students are addressed. The fifth grade curriculum focuses on:

- place value, multiplication, division, and expressions

- operations with decimals and fractions

- algebra, measurement, and geometry

Students also participate in Continental Math League contests throughout the year which help to improve their problem solving capabilities.

Religion

We use the Blest Are We Grade 5 parish edition, which focuses on the seven sacraments of the Church.  First, students explore how the sacraments are God's gifts of life.  They study creation, the beatitudes, sacramentals, and the Body of Christ.

Next, classes take a deeper look into Baptism and Confirmation.  Students begin their preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation together in the classroom although each student will be confirmed at his/her parish in the upcoming years. Students also use Confirmation pamphlets to learn about different aspects of the sacrament.  In addition, students research a saint whose name they are considering for their Confirmation name.  Students also complete at least six acts of service in order to prepare to be full, active members of the Church. To finish the year, students discover grace as God's gift of strength and support and how we profess our faith as Catholics.

Science

Fifth grade science covers a variety of units that focus on life science, physical science, Earth science, and the scientific method.  Each unit includes hands-on investigations. These investigations cover topics such as ecosystems, variables, levers and pulleys, and oceans.  

In ecosystems, the students gain an understanding of the factors that effect the growth and reproduction of organisms in an ecosystem including light, water, temperature, and soil; how pollution is anything that can harm living organisms when too much of it is released into an ecosystem.  The students examine the Chesapeake Bay watershed in preparation for the field trip to Baltimore. 

The "Variables" unit provides hands-on experiences in physical science that enable students to discover the process of controlling variables in an experiment.  Students work with airplanes, pendulums, lifeboats, and flippers. 

In physical science, students use levers and pulleys to discover the relationship between effort and work produced through simple machines. 

In the oceans unit, students learn how the sun, moon, and forces in the Earth's atmosphere affect oceans and how, in turn, oceans affect life on Earth.  

In the spring, students are introduced to the scientific method.  They then select an experiment that becomes the foundation for their school science fair project in sixth grade.  

Social Studies

Fifth grade begins the two-year journey into world studies within the Social Studies curriculum.  In grade five, students begin with Foundations of Geography and develop a better understanding of the world of geography, the human and physical aspects of geography, and how we interact with our environment.  

Next, students work through two books focused on specific parts of the world: The United States and Canada, and Latin America.  In both themes, students learn the physical geography of the area and how the area was shaped by it's history. They explore the cultures that make the regions of the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and South America unique.  In conjunction with our study on the United States, students use a workbook entitled My American GeoJourney to learn all state locations, abbreviations, capitals, and nicknames.  So get your passport ready because this year is going to be a great trip!

Spanish

This course serves as an introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language Spanish. Students acquire knowledge of language functions, varied vocabulary, grammatical structures, and foreign cultures through contextualized presentation, interactive activities, and vocal practice.

Students learn to identify themselves and others, describe those people, describe family relationships, and express states and feelings throughout Unidad 1: Mexico (Unit 1). Students are able to identify and describe places, express location, and express habitual actions throughout Unidad 2: Puerto Rico y El Caribe (Unit 2). Students demonstrate familiarity with selected aspects of Hispanic cultures through videos, images, written documents, and music. We use Español, Santillana 1A as our textbook. ¡Será un buen año!