Fifth Grade Curriculum


  • Religion: One In Chirst-Concorida Publishing House
  • Reading: Scott Foresman
  • Math: Scott Foresman Math
  • Science: Harcourt Science
  • Social Studies: Harcourt Social Studies
  • Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin Language Arts



Fifth graders explore a wide variety of topics from God’s Word that largely focus on God’s message of deliverance from the time of the Old Testament through the New Testament.  Students also work to apply the topics and Biblical understanding to their daily lives.  Some major Bible topics taught include Old Testament leaders, Israel’s captivity and return, Messianic prophecies, and Jesus’ fulfillment of prophecies.  Students will also have the opportunity to look at Martin Luther, the Reformation, and seasons of the church year.  Weekly memory work covers Bible verses and parts of the catechism. Students will come to value and appreciate the Bible as the very means through which God brings us to faith and guides and encourages us in our daily Christian lives.


Students will be introduced to a variety of literary genres and forms. They will be taught to apply a range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, appreciate, and respond to those texts.  Some strategies covered include identifying main ideas and supporting details, identifying literary elements and devices, summarizing, and making predictions. This will be done through read aloud books, short stories, and novels.  Students will participate in literature circles and novel units in which they discuss and respond to the book individually, in small groups and as a whole class.  They will also have the opportunity to respond to books in creative ways.  All students will use the Media Center and the Accelerated Reading Program.


Students will learn to express ideas in written modes for a variety of purposes and audiences. In order to do this effectively, students will learn to apply appropriate language mechanics, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, and spelling.  They will become skilled at organizing sentences and paragraphs in productive and meaningful ways by working through the writing process from prewriting, to drafting, to revising, and to publishing.  Students will respond to different questions and topics through journal activities in order to expand their creativity.


Spelling in 5th grade is focused on developing and expanding students’ vocabulary.  Students will look at the correct spelling of words along with their definition and ways to use them correctly in a sentence.  They will also complete activities that are organized around different aspects and attributes of words, such as related meaning, how words are formed, homophones, homographs, word parts, and blends.  The spelling curriculum is formatted to help students improve their reading, writing, and speaking communication.


Students will focus on using basic number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to solve equations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. They will learn to identity and apply basic properties of arithmetic and to interpret and apply data and graphs. Applying geometric properties and relationships and using measurement to solve a variety of problems will also be emphasized.  Students will also explore percents and probability.  They will also learn and explore problem solving strategies to help with solving story problems.

Social Studies

Students focus on American history and extensively study the growth and changes that occurred in America from the time of early exploration through the early 1800’s.  Major topics include early explorers, the 13 colonies, the American Revolution, the Constitution, formation of U.S. government, and Lewis and Clark.  Lessons will also incorporate reading strategies, note taking, study skills, map skills, graphic organizers, charts/graphs, primary sources, and critical thinking.


Students will study general concepts from physical science, life science, and earth science. The main topics will include cells, body systems, ecosystems, rocks and minerals, water cycle, weather, solar systems, matter, and energy.  Studying these different topics will also incorporate reading strategies (main ideas, drawing conclusions, etc), charts/graphic organizers, note taking, and critical thinking. Students will learn the steps to the scientific method, perform simple experiments, and complete hands-on projects in order to expand their understanding.

Specialty Classes

All fifth grade students will participate weekly in P.E., band (1st semester) or vocal music (2nd semester), computers, art, and Spanish.