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Fifth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

English, Houghton Mifflin

The basis of the Language Arts curriculum is a working knowledge of the eight parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. In fifth grade subject, object, and simple possessive pronouns are studied along with the concepts of gender and case. Punctuation and penmanship are reviewed and stressed at all levels.

The writing process is reviewed and used in a variety of ways. Writing friendly letters, business letters, thank you notes, answers to essay questions, directions, and persuasive and opinion essays are some examples of using the writing process. Complete paragraph writing, including main idea and supporting details, is reviewed and utilized. Proofreading and editing are employed at all times and are supported in the weekly spelling lessons.

Research projects are a large part of the writing process. Each step of the research process is taught and practiced in class.


Reading, Scott Foresman

This reading series was chosen because it is organized into skill lessons with multiple opportunities to practice each skill.

The following skills are covered:

Compare and contrast

Main idea and supporting details
Cause and effect
Context clues
Steps in a process
Graphic sources
Fact and opinion
Drawing conclusions
Making judgements
Text structure
Author’s purpose and point of view

Students are also exposed to different kinds of poetry, similes, metaphors, idioms, alliteration, and a wide range of vocabulary. Book reports are assigned during the year.


Spelling and Vocabulary, Houghton Mifflin

The Spelling curriculum focuses not only on spelling principals, but also on vocabulary exposure. The following topics are covered:

Long and short vowel sounds
/ou/, /oo/, /o/, and /oi/ vowel sounds
Vowel +r
Compound words
Y to i
Word endings
VCV patterns
Final schwa + r and schwa + l
Words from other languages
Prefixes and suffixes
Greek roots
Word structure
Latin roots
Word histories and the etymology of words

Dictionary and thesaurus use
Real-world vocabulary related to a specific topic

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enVisionMATH, Pearson Education, Inc.

Whole Numbers
Place-value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Reading, writing, and comparing fractions, equivalent fractions, simplest form, and mixed numbers.
Adding and subtracting like fractions.

Adding and subtracting decimals.

One-dimensional figures, two-dimensional figures, and three-dimensional figures. Perimeter and area.

Customary Units of Measurement

Data, Graphing, and Time
Collect and organize data, median, range, mode, and mean. Line plot.
Various graphs. Understanding time and elapsed time on a clock and a calendar.

Expressions, order of operations, variables, function tables, and equations.

Estimation is taught with whole numbers in all operations.

Number Theory
Divisibilty, prime and composite numbers, greatest common factors, and least common multiples. Introduction to exponents

Problem Solving is taught and used daily.


Science Studies Weekly

Physical Science
Life Science
Earth- Space Science


We Meet Jesus Through the Sacraments, Sadlier

The curriculum is designed to encourage the lifelong journey of faith through community and guided by the spirit. It is designed to incorporate the whole church community. He is presented in the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Social Studies

Building a Nation and the World, Scott Foresman

Early Life East and West
Connections across Continents
Colonial Life in North America
The American Revolution
Life in a New Nation
Westward Expansion

The objective of this program is to help the students create a  vocabulary of Social Studies terminology, to allow the children to become familiar with map skills, and at the same time direct them into the world of history.

These goals will be accomplished through teacher directed lessons, class discussions, and group and individual projects.


Spanish is intended to continue the students’ introduction to the language. Topics covered include: numbers, alphabet, basic greetings and dialogue, days, months, seasons, colors, body, family, house and weather.

Students will also learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Class participation in discussions and activities, along with learning vocabulary.