Fifth Grade Curriculum


  • Model oral reading for enjoyment and expression
  • Daily recreational reading
  • Expand skills
  • Read books, stories and poetry
  • Write to extend comprehension
  • Writing related to book reports, letters and original stories


  • Use dictionaries and thesauruses
  • Proper word usage
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Grammar


  • Learn commonly misspelled words


  • Differentiate and understand the algorithms, and know the working order of, the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions
  • Interpret and design graphs
  • Compare, order round and estimate to 12-digit numbers
  • Describe, define, draw and measure geometric figures
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Understand the interconnection of decimals, fractions and percents
  • Communicate orally and in writing using mathematical vocabulary
  • Identify and compare prime and composite numbers

Life Science

  • Discover the classification and interaction of living and non-living organisms
  • Investigate biomes, energy, matter, species population, food chains and ecosystems and understand human relationship to them

Human Body

  • Compare and contrast the functions and interdependence of the Muscular, Nervous, Circulatory, Skeletal and Muscular systems; and how they are effected by different human behaviors


  • Discover the physical properties (including topography, makeup and movement) as well as the ecology (resources and preservation) of our oceans

Weather – Climate

  • Discover weather, climate, precipitation, energy balance, severe weather and atmosphere; and how all of these affect

Solar System

  • Examine components of our solar system, including planets, stars, tools used in study, and potential life possibilities


  • Explore Scripture, doctrine, and Church history with a focus on our Sacramental lives
  • Reflect upon and connect personal experience to an understanding of faith and its manifestation in our words and actions
  • Read from Scripture daily
  • Practice different forms of prayer (formal, informal, personal and communal)
  • Celebrate weekly Liturgies, saints and others who affect our spiritual journey

Social Studies

  • Interpret graphs, maps, globes, timelines and diagrams
  • Explorers of the new world and cultural exchange
  • Native Americans of North and South America
  • Learn about the beginnings of the United States up to the American Revolution
  • Learn study skills
  • Chapter evaluations