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Fifth Grade Curriculum Information


We discuss many different topics such as God and His Word, The Articles of the Apostles Creed, and The Lord’s Prayer. At the end of each unit there is a test to help the students remember the lessons. Students do need a Bible for this class. We will be following the One in Christ book produced by Concordia Publishing House.


In fifth grade students learn about the Sacrament of the Altar from the Small Catechism. They also learn and review many different verses from the Bible.


We follow the My Math series in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Big topics include fractions, decimal numbers, and conversions.  We also subscribe to a program called MobyMax.


For reading students will read one to two stories a week. There will be many activities that go along with the stories to teach comprehension, fluency, listening, and speaking. We use a book made by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called Journeys. The class also completes several novel studies.


For spelling, we have a new spelling list each week. There is a pretest every Monday and a final test every Friday. The students will complete several workbook pages with the spelling words so that the students will become familiar with them. We use a workbook published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called Journeys.


We talk about English from two different angles, grammar and writing. To help teach the rules of the English language the students will be doing practice pages and writing projects. Some projects will be challenging and time consuming while others will be easy and able to be completed in an hour or less. We use a book called English which is produced by Houghton Mifflin.


In science we cover many topics including how scientists work, the engineering process, cells, body systems, living things, and ecosystems. Each student will have their own log-in information so they can access things at home, or at school. We will be doing hands on experiments, using a lot of technology and testing our knowledge through homework and tests. We have chosen to follow the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt series called Science Fusion.


We have PE every Monday and Thursday for thirty minutes. **Extracurricular Sports are also an option for all fifth graders. The girls can choose from cross country, volleyball, basketball and track.  The boys can choose from cross country, volleyball, basketball and track.


Students can choose to be in band this year! It is a great opportunity for any student who is interested in music. Band students will see the instructor for a 30 minute small group lesson and a 30 minute large group lesson each week. They are also asked to practice at home. If a student does not want to be in band, they will participate in music.  Music class will be guided by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill’s book called Spotlight on Music. It focuses on music concepts, reading, performance, and celebrations.


Fifth graders are also a part of the third through fifth grade choir. They perform once per quarter in church, and also in our chapel services. If a student does not want to be in choir, they will be in music. 


In this class students learn how to read history and understand it. They also learn how history is applicable to us today. During the school year we will be learning the 50 states and their capitals. The learning tools used in this class include worksheets, projects, maps, and books. Our curriculum for social studies a based on a book called Social Studies by Harcourt.


Fifth graders have art every Wednesday. We go through many different art skills and learn to appreciate art. Some of the skills taught include patterns, textures, and shape/form. We use a DVD series called Arts Attack.


Computer takes place every Tuesday and Friday for thirty minutes. They focus on computer terminology and parts, Microsoft Word, keyboarding, a touch-typing program, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and searching the internet. We will also use the computer lab for doing research projects.


Our 1st quarter trip is either to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site or to Cahokia Mounds. We go on this trip with the sixth graders.  Our third quarter trip is to the Chain of Rocks bridge for Eagle Days where we will see eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary, play Eagle Jeopardy and participate in more eagle adventures.  Our fourth quarter trip is to the Arch and the Old Courthouse in St. Louis; this trip is just fifth grade.