Fifth grade is an exciting year of growth for elementary school students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Faith is an important part of a fifth grader’s daily life. We pray daily, write prayers and blessings, reflect and write about scripture, lead and participate in Mass, and learn about the Catholic sacraments.
In language arts class, students read a variety of different novels–fiction and non-fiction–as well as short stories, poetry, and plays. We annotate and summarize texts in addition to learning Metacognitive reading strategies. Students write across the curriculum and support their ideas with specific examples from the text. We learn grammar through an online program entitled No Red Ink.com, hands-on activities, and grammar presentations. The Vocabulary is taught in context vocabulary program is utilized. Students apply new vocabulary and grammar concepts to their writing. In addition, we complete multiple research projects, citing sources using MLA formatting, and we enjoy creating book trailers.
In math class, we start out with a review of place value and multiplying/dividing large numbers. Students then move into multiplying and dividing decimals, which leads into a large unit on fractions. We also spend time exploring basic algebra concepts, geometry, and graphing/data. Problem solving is incorporated throughout every mathematical strand. Students also use Khan Academy and work on skills at their instructional level throughout the year.
Fifth grade science will cover topics related to life science, physical science, and earth science. Students will participate in lab activities that provide visual and kinesthetic enrichment to the concepts that are covered. We emphasize accessing information through text, lecture, and online research. Throughout the year, we strive to achieve a balance of hands-on activities while learning more about abstract concepts that describe the world we live in.
In social studies class, students study American History, beginning with the Native Americans and ending with the American Revolutionary War. We learn note-taking skills and participate in numerous activities and projects. Students also use online study tools, such as Quizlet and Kahoot, to study for quizzes and tests.
Technology is incorporated in most subject areas. Lastly, fifth grade students enjoy elective classes, including Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Library, and we work on weekly activities and read with our second grade buddies.