5th Grade


In fifth grade religion, students cover a wide variety of topics. Content includes:

  • Creation,
  • Divine revelation,
  • the Holy Trinity, and
  • the Israelites.

They learn about the imags of the Holy Spirit, what it means to give witness of their faith, and how to make Christian decisions. Religion study also includes a deeper understanding of the roles of Jesus and Mary, and God's plan for salvation. Other topics include: the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the liturgy of the Church, and the seven sacraments. Fifth graders gain a more complete understanding of sanctifying and sacramental grace, sin and forgiveness, and prayer. Students will discuss Jesus as a model of prayer, the Transfiguration, the Litany of Saints, the Paschal Mystery, and the liturgical year.


The Fifth Grade English Language Arts curriculum encompasses reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar skills. The primary grade reading series continues in Fifth Grade with a focus on reading comprehension skills along with vocabulary in context, and spelling and grammar related to the literature. Students will learn about a variety of authors, and read various types of high interest literature. Students will learn how to write a coherent paragraph, which includes beginning, supporting, and ending sentences.  They will also write poetry, a research paper, and narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive essays. Students will learn how to improve a variety of skills including speaking, listening, library, and dictionary skills. 


Instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

(1) Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions);
(2) Extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and
(3) Developing understanding of volume.

 Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions.
  • Analyze patterns and relationships.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand the place value system.
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.

Measurement and Data

  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.


  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.


Students will learn to use science process skills and the scientific method to solve problems. Students will learn to use standard science equipment including a thermometer, measuring tools, pan balance, spring scale and microscope. They will study units on invertebrates, including pond water organisms, earthworms, and snails; seedless plants including mushrooms, yeast and fungi. They will participate in 2 lake studies and learn about water quality and conservation. Every other year, students will also write a research paper and participate in a science fair.


The Social Studies program is a US History program.  Units include the study of basic geography skills; the names and location of all fifty states and the oceans and continents; the Native Americans and their hardships; the European explorers and their impact on North America ; the original thirteen colonies and the struggles that went along with the forming of a new nation. The students will also learn about the basic make-up of our country’s government, this will include a study of the three branches of government. The students will learn about the American Revolution and its impact on the world. They will study slavery, why it existed and its impact on the past and present world; and the Civil War and Reconstruction and how America was changed by these events.


Students will apply the elements of visual art to create and construct their own art work. Students will explore the different areas of art through drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Students will be able to understand how the choice of tools or media are used to create certain features in a work of art.


In fifth grade, students are introduced to the concept of harmony. Singing one song with two separate pitches is a concept that is stressed throughout the year. Composing and improvising is introduced, along with rhythms of sixteenth notes and rests.


The physical education curriculum has four focus areas:  manipulative skills, physical fitness, cooperative learning and sport skills/rules. Students work on their coordination and practice skills like shooting a basketball, passing a volleyball, and hitting a baseball. Movement  and fitness principles are taught through lessons and practiced with daily cardiovascular, strength, and stretching routines. Good sportsmanship practices are learned and expected. Exercise safety and equipment safety is expected. Health is also addressed in the classroom once a week where topics such as:  personal hygiene, nutrition, disease prevention, anatomy, physical fitness, conflict resolution, and chastity education are addressed.


Students meet two days a week for 30 minutes. The curriculum uses the Risas y Sonrisas program which utilizes CD-DVD programs to instruct spanish. Students will be expected to:

1) know terminiology for: colors, numbers, basic vocabulary
2) Sing basic songs to reinforce vocabulary
3) Begin to understand spanish orally


The fifth grade computer/technology curriculum focuses on expanding and building upon computer/technology terminology and age-appropriate software. Fifth graders build upon their keyboarding accuracy and speed and will type 20-30 words per minute with 90% accuracy.

  • Word Processing Software – Tabs, Tables, Special Characters
  • Spreadsheet Software - Expand upon concepts by including more formulas and charts
  • Presentation Software - Creating slides with transitions and custom animation and be able to present to an audience
  • Desktop Publishing Software - Introduction to basic terminology, grouping and ordering objects
  • Internet – Using as a research tool to complete scavenger hunts
  • Internet Safety
  • Web Design Software - Introduction to basics of web design

Students are introduced to proofreader marks and how to proofread and edit documents. Students will build upon their word processing skills by learning vertical alignment, tabs, leaders, tables, inserting special characters, and creating basic newsletters. Fifth graders will build and expand upon spreadsheet concepts and learn how to write formulas.  Presentation software is introduced to fifth graders.  They will learn the basic concepts of presentation software and how to present information. Plus, fifth graders will learn the window parts and toolbars, adding slides, deleting slides, modifying slides, adding objects, adding hyperlinks, adding animation, and adding transitions. Web design is also introduced to fifth graders.  They learn the basic web design concepts and how to create a web page using word processing software.