The fifth grade curriculum continues to focus on educating students in the ways of Christ. As students work through the school year, they will develop a deeper appreciation of Language and Literature through exposure to various genres. In addition, they will build upon previously learned skills to enhance Mathematical concepts, explore the history of the United States, and engage in a variety of hands on Science activities.
Students are presented with Loyola Press series, Christ Our Life. In fifth grade students are enriched with a fuller understanding and appreciation for the seven Sacraments of the Church; while in sixth grade, students familiarize themselves more closely with Old Testament scripture, characters, prophets, and events that lead to Our Savior’s birth, apostolate, passion, death, resurrection, ascension into heaven. Students are given a variety of learning styles that enhance a fuller appreciation for the subject area; including homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and class work are just a few of these assessments. Our aim is to address essential questions as related to their everyday life and witnessed in Our Lord’s Sacred Scripture and Holy Sacraments.
Fifth grade students engage in literature discussions, oral and silent sustained reading. Students read a variety of literary genres including realistic fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. These genres are read with the use of a reading textbook as well as trade books. Children develop critical thinking skills through inference, discussion, and probe questioning. Technology is used as an active support system to reinforce the Literature program through the use of SMART Board and the Accelerated Reader program. Vocabulary instruction and word attack skills are also stressed. The main objective of this course is the developing of responsible and cooperative lifelong readers and writers.
The mathematics program promotes student success by equipping the teacher with tools to help all students become engaged, reflective learners and confident, versatile problem solvers. The program helps develop higher-order thinking, and provides explicit in-depth instruction in fundamental concepts, such as place value and the interrelatedness of operations, and in skills, such as algorithms and data analysis. Attention is also focused on helping students become fluent in Math vocabulary and to recognize and apply mathematics to their life experiences. All this is achieved by the careful sequencing of topics and by introducing the concepts and skills in a concrete setting. Students master previously presented concepts through continual review. Math lessons are enhanced and reinforced for students with various learning styles through the use of the SMART board. The mental math drills, fact quizzes, and daily problem solving help develop and build the foundation necessary to understand the concepts and apply them to everyday life.
The goal of the curriculum is to become critical thinkers and problem solvers through the application of the scientific method and to develop understanding of basic science concepts. In order to help the students reach this goal, the students conduct scientific experiments throughout their units of study. Some of the units of study include: the study of weather and space, Earth science, physical science and life science. Technology is also implemented in the classroom through the use of the SMART board. Technology and field trips to the Planetarium are essential components that motivate the students and accommodate different learning styles.
The goal of the curriculum is to begin the process of developing knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring future citizens. In order to help students reach this goal, they learn basic facts to gain understanding about the history of the United States, its geography, government, economic system, and people. The study of history is connected to the issues in our world today through the use of current events. This helps students understand the importance of people, events and issues in the news to become informed and responsible citizens. Technology is implemented through the use of the SMART board to provide an environment that is conducive to all styles of learning. The students also participate in the “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” Program. Through the D.A.R.E. Program, the students understand the physical, emotional, and social effects of drugs and alcohol. They learn refusal strategies and assertive communication skills to be able to apply them to a variety of life-like situations.
- Warm, cool and complimentary colors
- Introduction to perspective
- Famous artists and styles, multicultural art themes
- Use of oil pastels, colored pencils and rulers
- Portraits, still life and landscape compositions
- Rhythm and melody reading
- Computer assisted instruction
- Rhythmic and melodic dictation
- Music analysis projects
- Talent Shows
- Develop importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
- Develop leadership qualities through team sport participation
- Develop knowledge of rules and skills for team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, kickball, and court hockey.
- Introduction and development of square dancing technique
Fourth through Eighth Grades are divided according to two levels: Spanish I and Spanish II. Classes are taught using differentiated instruction.
- Singular/ Plural
- Action words
- Types of sentences
- Verb conjugation
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Adjectives, adverbs, prepositions; conjunctions
- Reading comprehension
- Basic writing skills
- Creation of a multimedia presentation
- Demonstrate an understanding of a spreadsheet
- Intermediate keyboard skills
- Integrate graphics within a word processing or desktop publishing project
- Review computer operating system
- Database Creation