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Fifth Grade


We Believe (Sadlier)

Fifth graders focus on Trinity, Jesus: Human and Divine, Seven Sacraments, Ecumenism and Church Seasons: Mary and Saints. This content will be explored in our newly adopted religion curriculum.

This program is:

•rooted in scripture and

•faithful to the Tradition of the Catholic Church

•Christcentric, centering on the Person of Jesus Christ

•Trinitarian, inviting relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

•Ecclesial, supporting faith that is lived in the domestic church and the universal church

Through varied and differentiated learning experiences, students will learn, celebrate, make good choices, pray, share and live out their faith.

Reading/Language Arts/Spelling

Journeys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

This newly adopted reading curriculum integrates all the areas of language arts. Students experience their spelling words while reading fiction and non-fiction stories collected in an anthology containing many different authors. Vocabulary, grammar, writing, comprehension and reading strategies are all approached within the context of an engaging story. The curriculum provides opportunities for multimedia experiences using the Promethean interactive white board and the Internet. In addition, students are provided many hands-on activities using differentiated instructional practices to meet the needs of all learners.

Accelerated Reader

The Accelerated Reader program uses the computer based testing to check the students’ comprehension of various stories and vocabulary. The books read are leveled by the programs authors. The levels are generally reflective of the books length, complexity of the vocabulary used, and the length of sentences. This program assesses the students ability to read longer works and to assess their vocabulary growth. This is a supplement to the anthology.

Step Up To Writing (Sopris West Educational Services)

This approach to writing uses colors and symbols to help students organize meaningful sentences, paragraphs and essays.


Progress in Mathematics (Sadlier-Oxford)

In grade five the concepts of fractions an decimals will be further developed, and your fifth grader will use all four operations with these number types. There will also be an increased emphasis on algebraic thinking. Other topics that are studied include: Statistics, geometry, measurement, probability, percents, and proportions. Special attention is given to critical thinking, problems solving, and mental math.

Rocket Math (R & D Instructional Solutions)

Students practice basic math facts for quick recall.


Science, by definition, is a way of learning about the natural world through observations and logical reasoning; leading to a body of knowledge. This year in Fifth Grade we will be studying Science and Engineering Practices (The Nature of Science), Life Science (Definition of Life, Cells, and Heredity), Physical Science (Motion, Matter, Properties, and Changes), and Earth Science (Solar System, Stars, Earth Material, and Earth’s Structure). Labs are an important part of our science classes. This year each student is keeping a science lab notebook. Each section in science will have its own set of vocabulary words. The students will be graded on their study cards and they will be evaluated on their knowledge of these words. The vocabulary is based on the highly researched six step Marzano’s approach to learning vocabulary. The technique teaches the formal definitions and students create non-linguistic representation of the word to deepen understanding and retain longer understanding. The Textbooks used with this course is Science (Glencoe).

Social Studies

United States History (Harcourt Horizons)

The curriculum begins with a review and study of map and globe skills. It continues with why the study of history, geography, economics, civics/government and culture/society matter. It then travels into the earliest Americans, exploration and colonial settlement of America. It follows the American Revolution through the building of a new nation

Art: Art in Action: American Art (

Shakespeare: Directed by Pug Bujeaud

Music: Twice a week with Mrs. Peterson

Computers: Once a week with Ms. Berning

Physical Education : Twice a week with Mr. Hart.

Library: Once a week with Mrs. Joanis

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