Fifth Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS Reading
  • Read grade level text aloud , independently with correct pace and expression.
  • Learn and use new vocabulary through listening, discussion or reading.
  • Use a thesaurus to determine related words and concepts.
  • Listen to, read and discuss a wide variety of narrative and informational text.
  • Find information in specialized material (examples: online sources, magazines, catalogs).
  • Identify key facts and information on a topic after reading several articles or selections.
  • Make and confirm predictions about a text.
  • Distinguish between cause-and-effect and between fact and opinion in an expository text.
  • Read, listen and respond to a wide variety of literature from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.
  • Use knowledge of the setting and characters to interpret the character’s actions.
  • Define figurative language.
  • Understand an author’s purpose.
  • Identify and give examples of the elements of fiction.
Writing
  • Understand and use the writing process (pre-write, draft, revise, edit and publish).
  • Write essays and stories across the curriculum that are well organized, supported by details and descriptive.
  • Write texts of different modes (narrative, expository, persuasive) and forms (journals, essays, short stories, poems, etc.)  identify and write to audience and purpose.
  • Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and penmanship across the curriculum.
Listening & Speaking
  • Deliver an oral message while demonstrating control of eye-contact, volume, rate and expression while using oral, visual and multi-media forms that are appropriate to audience and purpose.
ESSENTIAL LITERACIES Managing Information
  • Use table of contents, index, glossary, atlas, almanac, dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Understand how to search for items using the library catalog and local library materials using call number.
  • Locate information or research a topic using more than one source.
  • Create a bibliography using format rules.
  • Understand copyright and plagiarism.
 Appreciating Literature
  • Identify a story’s sequence of events.
  • Identify cause-and-effect relationship.
  • Make predictions based on clues.
  • Reach logical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion, fiction and nonfiction.
  • Read and identify characteristics of a variety of genre.
  • Identify where a selection may be located in the library.
  • Read and identify classics and award winning books.
  • Use the library for selecting recreational reading materials.
 Understanding Mass Media
  • Identify various media used to convey information.
  • Describe the function of different elements in magazines and newspapers.
  • Create a media work for a specific purpose.
RELIGION
  • Listen/respond to Scripture.
  • Actively participate in prayer experiences using a variety of formats.
  • Respond creatively to lessons taught.
  • Read lives of saints and share with classmates.
  • Discuss and ask questions.
  • Reflect on self and the service rendered to others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the Scriptures.
  • Relates learning to and think critically about real-life situations.
  • Participate in liturgical services, especially Holy Week.
  • Initiate prayer services.
  • Pray using different formats.
  • Raise questions about Faith in order to learn more.
  • Manifest compassion and concern for others.
  • Read and explain passages from Scripture.
  • Trace themes in the Bible.
  • Explain the symbols of the Sacraments.
  • Discuss characteristics of holiness found in people in the Scripture and today’s society.
  • Act as peacemaker.
  • Discuss the connection between Scripture and one’s own life.
  • Dramatize stories/plays/poems about Scripture.
  • Relate historical events and persons to the time of Jesus and the early Church.
MATH Calculations & Estimations
  • Order, model and compare common fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Recognize characteristics of odd, even, prime and composite numbers.
  • Divide by two digit numbers.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide order fractions, decimals, percentages and whole numbers..
  • Model percentages to determine equivalent decimals.
  • Determine order of operation.
Statistics & Probability
  • Understand and use mean, median, mode and range.
  • Understand basic concepts of sampling.
  • Represent and interpret data using tables, circle graphs, bar graphs and plot graphs.
  • Connect simple fractional probabilities to events.
Algebraic Relationships
  • Represent and analyze patterns and functions using words, tables, graphs or simple algebraic expressions.
  • Represent the idea of a variable as an unknown quantity using a letter or symbol.
  • Represent and evaluate algebraic expressions involving a single variable.
Measurement
  • Know conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures.
  • Develop and use formulas for determining the perimeter and area of rectangles and related triangles and parallelograms.
  • Use metric measurements to make estimates of length, weight and volume.
Geometry
  • Identify, describe, compare and classify triangles by their sides and angles.
  • Accurately draw and label triangles, angles and line segments using measuring tools.
  • Identify and build three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional representations.
  • Understand and measure acute, right and obtuse angles in degrees.
SCIENCE Physical Science
  • Know states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma, heating, cooling).
Life Science
  • Know that cells: need food, water, air and are visible using a microscope.
  • Describe life cycle and survival of organisms.
Earth & Space Science
  • Describe weather patterns .
  • Identify stars and planets, the Earth and moon’s orbits.
  • Understand recycling and its impact on the environment.
Inquiry
  • Understand and use the scientific process.
History & Nature of Science
  • Know ways and places people practice science.
  • Know how new observations may resolve differences in explanations.
Science In Personal & Social Perspectives
  • Contrast observations and inferences.
  • Know that inventions are likely to lead to other inventions.
  • Know the effect of choices on availability of natural resources.
  • Understand how scientific developments can help keep us safe.
Science & Technology
  • Know that tools are used to gather scientific information.
  • Understand how use of technology in solving problems can cause new problems.
  • Design a scientific project.
 Health
  • Recognize the need for age-appropriate hygiene.
  • Introduce male and female reproductive systems.
SOCIAL STUDIES Civics & Government
  • Understand how the branches of federal government work.
  • Know how the U.S. makes treaties with other nations.
  • Know how federal laws are made.
  • Identify essential ideas of  U.S. government, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  • Identify basic rights given to U.S. citizens and how individuals can participate in the democratic process.
  • Understand how U.S. has interacted with other nations in our past (examples: France, England, Spain).
  • Identify functions of federal states and local governments.
  • Understand democracy.
Economics
  • Understand nature of war and conflict.
  • Recognize that people earn income by exchanging labor for wages and salaries.
  • Understand exchange of goods and services among colonists and Native Americans.
  • Recognize that nations interact through trade.
  • Know that a budget is a record-keeping plan for managing income.
  • Trace the development of technology and the impact of major inventions on business productivity.
Geography
  • Identify major landforms, bodies of water, vegetation and climates of  U.S., principle parallels and meridians (examples: equator, arctic circle).
  • Understand how physical geography affects migration and settlement patterns.
  • Know ways Native Americans and early settlers adapted to and changed the environment.
  • Use maps and other visual representations.
History
  • Understand the causes, course and impact of the American Revolution.
  • Know contributions of North American peoples from pre-history through the period of the American Revolution.
Social Science Analysis
  • Gather, use and document information from multiple sources (examples: print, electronic, human, primary, secondary).
  • Examine one issue, event or problem through inquiry and research.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Expressive & Efficient Moving
  • Demonstrate the use of a foot dribble, hand dribble, strike, throw, catch and volley.
  • Demonstrate improvement in a new motor skill.
  • Use basic offensive and defensive roles in physical activities, games or sports.
  • Identify rules and procedures in specified physical activities.
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