5th Grade Curriculum

The Fifth Grade curriculum builds upon all previously acquired skills to solidify each student’s acquisition of academic mastery and application so they will be well prepared for the next phase of their school career.  A continued emphasis is placed on reference and research skills, work habits, independence and self reliance.  Leadership training is emphasized through participation in the school’s student counsel and involvement in community service.

Health and Safety

  • Body systems - skeletal, muscular, nervous
  • Growth and development
  • Substance abuse
  • Community and environmental health issues
  • First aid

Language Arts

Written Language

  • 8 Parts of Speech
  • Compare and contrast
  • Literary device terms
  • Sensory words, mood / tone

Development of Organizational Skills

  • Note taking
  • Paraphrasing
  • Classifying
  • Outlining

Oral Language

  • Speeches
  • Conducting interviews
  • Panel discussions
  • Persuasive talks
  • Summarizing

Literature Forms

  • Short stories
  • Articles
  • Fables
  • Myths
  • Summaries
  • Core Literature Strand:  Mythology



  • Variables and equations
  • Formulas
  • Inequalities
  • Informal proof


  • Formulas for finding area and perimeter
  • Congruent figures
  • Measure / estimate angles
  • Coordinate geometry


  • Data collection and analysis
  • Critical thinking and logic
  • Consumer math
  • Decimals
  • Integers
  • Rational and real numbers
  • Computation with fractions and mixed numbers


Life Science

  • Simple living organisms: cells, fungi, viruses
  • Plant growth
  • Biomes

Earth Science

  • Weather prediction
  • Energy resources
  • Oceanography
  • Pollution
  • Solar system
  • Movement

Physical Science

  • Classifying matter
  • Changes in matter
  • Motion and force
  • Electricity and magnetism

Social Studies

  • The settlement and growth of America
  • Land use, expansion, colonialism, slavery, and nationalism
  • Lifestyle, citizenship and demographic changes that have occurred within our country
  • Geography and map skills 


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