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5th GRADE CURRICULUM

Art – Students will learn religious art in this course. Students will study iconography and religious symbolism. They will study techniques of religious art and create their own versions.

English – Students will continue to practice the parts of speech, diagramming sentences, and learn how to vary their sentence structure and type. Special emphasis will be placed on writing effective paragraphs. Students will also complete an extensive unit on poetry.

Handwriting – Students will continue to perfect their cursive writing ability. They will learn to write, faster, smaller, and more legibly.

History – Students will learn about United States history and the people who built the nation we know today. Students will also learn about key events in American history and how these events changed the nation. Students will continue to develop their geography and map skills. Students will learn the fifty states and where they belong on a map.

Math – In this course, students will learn the order of operations, while working with fractions and decimals. Students will be introduced to basic geometry. They will practice measurement. Basic concepts related to number theory (arithmetic) will be taught.

Music – Students will learn new songs related to our faith and worship. They will also practice older, popular songs.

Phonics – This is the last year in which students study phonics. Students will learn consonant letter-sound associations, digraphs, and diphthongs. Students will demonstrate proficiency in decoding words. Students will perfect their use of punctuation, contractions, compound words, and possessives.

Reading – Student continues to build their comprehension skills in this course. Critical thinking is developed. Students will read longer books suitable for their grade level and complete longer reports. They will practice writing short essays with an emphasis on varied sentences, proper paragraph structure with topic sentences. Students will be encouraged to read for pleasure and enrichment.

Religious Education – Students will continue to learn the fundamental of their faith. Emphasis will be placed on prayer, the Sacraments, and the Commandments. Students will explore the Old Testament in greater depth.

Science – Students will learn about the various systems of the human body. Students will also learn about diseases and disabilities. They will be taught about nutrition, hygiene, and healthy habits.

Spelling – Spelling will review phonics and spelling rules. Students will continue to learn new words.

Vocabulary – Students will learn more new words in the context of compelling stories. They will use games to enrich their vocabulary.