5th Grade Curriculum



In Religion, we will be focusing our studies on the seven sacraments. Using the text, we will learn and discuss how we can live the sacraments in our every day lives. I encourage daily discussions to share our faith and learn from the experiences of others. We attend mass every Wednesday as a school. In 5th grade, we are paired with the 2nd grade class to bring us together and share in our faight community. We will also pray the Rosary, Chaplet, Stations of the Cross and Living Stations as a school community.




This year in English we will continue to work on the eight parts of speech. We will incorporate this work with a variety of writing assighnments such as paragraph and report style writing. Good grammar is important in all day-to-day writing. Proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling are expected in all subject areas.




The 5th grade reading program will be using the text Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. With the text we will read a variety of short stories including fiction, non-fiction and excerpts from novels. In addition to the text we will also read 3 novels as a class. We will work on using context clues to formulate definitions, discuss character and plot developement and plot summarization.

The students are encouraged to read a variety of books throughout the year from a variety of genres. Each quarter they will be required to achieve a given number of Accelerated Reader points reading books of their choosing. In addition they will be assigned a book report, each covering a different genre of literature.

1st Quarter - 10 Accelerated Reader points
2nd Quarter - 10 Accelerated Reader points and a book report
3rd Quarter - 15 Accelerated Reader points and a book report
4th Quarter - 20 Accelerated Reader points and a book report




In math we will be reviewing concepts such as multiple digit addition, subtraction, and multiplication, as well as division.

Most of the year will be spent concentrating on decimals and fractions. We will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, as well as converting between them. Students are encouraged to always ask questions. If a concept is not clear to them, it is probably unclear to many others. I know this can be hard, but it will only help them.




Each week the class will be working on a new unit in the spelling book. The workbook pages will be due on Wednesday of each week. There will be a test on the 20 words every Friday, or the last day of the week.

As well as the spelling units, the students will use proper spelling in all of their daily work. The words learned each week should be used in daily writing to better enhance written work.



Social Studies

This year in social studies, we will be exploring and studying US History starting with the early development of civilizations and the Pueblo people. We will move forward through history touching on subjects such as the first settlers in the Americas, the first English settlements, the Declaration of Independence, and slavery in the United States. We will also review and study the US states and capitals.




In 5th grade, students will switch classes once a day for social stuides and science class. Mrs. Christensen teaches science class. Please see Mrs. Christensen's page for the curriculum.


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