Fifth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

The Language Arts program for fifth grade consists of speaking, reading, listening, spelling, and writing. It provides opportunities for students to develop, practice, and reinforce concepts and skills. Various oral, written, and technological activities help students become effective communicators. In addition, the Language Arts is integrated throughout the total curriculum. Through the teaching of reading, students develop strategies for comprehending and analyzing what is read. Additionally, the program strives to broaden students’ literary tastes and interests. The reading program focuses on developing thoughtful independent readers who choose to read and enjoy reading. To meet this goal, the program helps students understand that reading is a process, a skill, and an art. Through the teaching of reading, students develop strategies for comprehending and analyzing what is read. Finally, the program helps students understand that reading in interconnected with writing, speaking, and listening as part of the communication process. The spelling program is to provide students with the opportunity to learn to spell by hearing sounds, seeking letter patterns that represent sounds, or by writing the words in which those sounds and patterns appear. Students will learn in his or her, own best way. Students practice, apply, and extend skills to words.

Course content includes:

  • Grammar Skills
  • Usage and Expression
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Literary Genres
  • Prewriting and Writing Strategies
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Stylistic and Rhetorical Aspects of Writing
  • Research Skills


The purpose of the fifth grade mathematics program is to provide the students the skills to solve problems they encounter in everyday situations. After each skill, the students will practice and apply to demonstrate mastery of each concept. On certain concepts, students work in cooperative learning groups, which help them explore, reflect, and communicate their understanding of these mathematical skills. Students develop higher-level problem solving skills by learning different strategies.

Course content includes:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Place Value
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Measurement
  • Problem Solving
  • Pre-Algebra


The purpose of the fifth grade science program is to provide students the opportunity to reinforce the basic science process skills of observing, classifying, measuring, communicating, using space/time relationships, using mathematics, and inferring. The student will be introduced to higher-level science process skills of predicting, interpreting data, and experimenting. Students are provided with opportunities to form hypotheses, carry out investigations, interpret data to formulate conclusion, and determine the need for further experimentation. Weekly lab hands-on activities are an important component in their science learning. Fifth Grade also completes a collaborative, project-based assessment called Exposition that tasks students with conducting scientific research, writing a paper, creating visual presentations and a digital portfolio.

Course content includes:

  • Scientific Method and Inquiry
  • Introductory Botany
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Space Exploration
  • Force and Motion


The purpose of the fifth grade social studies program is for students to reflect on the history of the United States. The focus will be on the history of the United States from the period prior to the Civil War through WWII. The students will use reading skills, map and globe skills, chronological skills, and research skills to understand the link between past and present. The fifth grade will travel to Richmond, VA to enhance classroom instruction with further study of government and historical sites.

Course content includes:

  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • WWI
  • WWII
  • World Geography


The students will review the first six years of art concepts. They will review the principles of design and be able to use them. They will feel free to express their feelings in their artwork. The students will have a wide knowledge of different artists and appreciate their work. Each student will be given many opportunities to explore and develop their inner creativity through hands-on art activities and use of many different types of art media. They will be given individual attention and every lesson will be differentiated to meet that child’s learning style. They will gain an appreciation of their art and the art of others which will give them a sense of pride, admiration, and open-mindedness.

Course content includes:

  • Clay
  • Painting
  • Color
  • Printmaking
  • Well-Known Artists
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Design
  • Two- and Three-Dimensional Art

Choir and Creative Movement

The focus of the choral music and creative movement class is on public performance and developing individual creativity. Music and movement skills are introduced throughout the class, and a theatrical production is produced.  Children will perform at Festival of the Trees, Grandparent’s Day, Closing Ceremonies and the Spring Band/Music/Movement show. The student will spend a concentrated period of time on a theatrical performance combining singing, acting, and choreography.

Physical Education

Physical Education is a vital component for the development of a student’s physical, mental, and social well-being. It is our mission to provide an equal opportunity to our students, through planned activities, for physical development in the areas of strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, balance, agility, range of motion, and power. Our diverse program will allow students the opportunity to develop individual skills and introduce new, enjoyable experiences for life- long physical fitness and well-being.