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Grade 5 Curriculum

Grade 5 Curriculum


English Language Arts


Reading Literature

  • Quote accurately from a text
  • Identify elements of a text
  • Describe the meaning of words and phrases using metaphors and similes
  • Explain how a narrator’s point of view influences a story
  • Analyze how written text compares to visual or oral presentations of that text
  • Compare and contrast stories in the same genre


Reading Informational Text

  • Quote accurately from a text
  • Determine main idea and key details to summarize text
  • Describe ideas and information based on specifics in the text
  • Identify text structure (chronology, cause/effect, problem/solution)
  • Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic
  • Interpret information from multiple print or digital sources
  • Integrate information from several texts on the same topic


Foundational Skills

  • Use and decode multisyllabic words
  • Read fluently with accuracy, appropriate rate and expression
  • Use content to understand vocabulary



  • Write opinion pieces
  • Write informative texts
  • Write narrative texts
  • Produce clear and organized writing
  • Plan, revise and edit for conventions
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing (includes keyboarding)
  • Conduct short research projects
  • Take notes and categorize important information
  • Gather evidence from texts to support analysis, reflection, and research


Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in discussions (partners and groups)
  • Summarize text
  • Report on a topic or text



  • Use grammar and conventions in speaking, writing and spelling.
  • Clarify the meaning of unknown words, multiple-meanings and phrases
  • Consult reference materials (dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses) to find pronunciation or clarify meaning of words
  • Demonstrate understanding of similes, metaphors, idioms antonyms, synonyms, etc.




Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions
  • Analyze patterns and relationships


Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths


Number and Operations – Fractions

  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions


Measurement and Data

  • Convert like measurement units within a given measurement system
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition



  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems
  • Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties




Our Changing Earth

  • Understanding that the Earth's surface is constantly changing
  • Study of plate tectonics
  • Determine how weathering and erosion change Earth's surface
  • Explain how volcanoes, earthquakes and uplift affect the Earth's surface
  • Relate the Earth's change to existing physical land features



  • Investigate the behavior of magnetism with hands-on work with magnets
  • Compare and contrast the magnetic field of Earth and a magnet



  • Understand the features of static and current electricity
  • Describe the behavior of static electricity in nature and everyday occurrences
  • Analyze the behavior of current electricity



  • Understand the transfer of traits from parents to offspring
  • Describe how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage
  • Identify the parts of DNA
  • Compare and contrast phenotypes and genotypes
  • Use of Punnett squares to predict the outcomes of offspring



  • Understand the occurrence of chemical and physical changes that in matter
  • Evaluate evidence that indicates a physical change has occurred
  • Investigate evidence for changes in matter that occur during a chemical reaction


Environmental Awareness

  • Become aware of ecological and social issues related to natural resources


Social Studies


  • Development of the New World and the United States
  • Westward expansion in the United States
  • Recognize key individuals and groups in the development of the United States: Native Americans, explorers
  • Development of United States government: the three branches of federal government
  • Development and expansion of the United States through the 1900's
  • United Stated as a world influence from 1900's-present
  • Compare the government, geography, culture, and economies of Canada and Mexico to the United States
  • Develop good citizenship qualities through a year-long service learning project TBA by the teacher and students each year as well as year-long service to our sister school in Palestine





  • Jesus' humanity and divinity
  • Jesus' incarnation
  • Jesus welcomes, forgives, and heals people
  • Church carries on Jesus' mission through discipleship and the sacraments
  • The marks of the Church: one, holy, catholic, apostolic
  • The three theological virtues: faith, hope, love
  • The early Church; Paul



  • Sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
  • Restored order of the sacraments here at the Cathedral of the Madeleine
  • Sacraments of healing and service: Reconciliation, Holy Orders and Matrimony


We Live as Children of God

  • We receive God's own life in Baptism
  • We are strengthened by Confirmation
  • We are fed through the Eucharist



  • Prayer to be channels of grace
  • Prayer as a time to listen to God
  • Prayer through the Bible: labeling/learning the sections and nooks of the Bible, how to find a Bible verse
  • Formal and informal forms of prayer: The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Confiteor, Hail Holy Queen, The Angelus, How to Pray the Rosary, the prayer of St. Francis


Special Celebrations

  • The seasons of the liturgical year
  • Seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter
  • Holy Week


Building Catholic Character (Virtues)

  • Participate in rotating three-year Virtues program
  • Participate in year-long service project to be decided upon at start of year
  • Participate in global service in support of our sister school in Palestine