The reading program increase comprehension and literary (main idea, characterization, figurative language, recalling details, word attack). Increase vocabulary, develop study skills, encourage independent reading.
Curriculum overview – This is an overview of the beginnings of human society through the European Middle Ages. In addition, we will discuss the arts, religion, and science and technology in the course of our work. Peer learning and group work are an important and intrinsic part of the social studies curriculum.
In the fifth-grade program of the “Christ Our Life” series, the students are taught that the Church is God’s people. Every member has an important role to play within the Church and all members are called to serve. It is through the actions of its members, that the Church serves the needs of the people of God. Additionally, the students are taught the meaning of worshiping God in community. The worship of God includes prayer and service. We give worship to God through the celebration of the Eucharist and all the sacraments. Through a study of liturgy, the children become aware of Christ’s work of salvation. They learn to participate more fully in order to give thanks and praise to God. Complementing this, the students will get a sense of the Third World by studying missionary work in developing countries.
The course is designed around 3 areas: (1) Life Science; (2) Earth Science; and (3) Physical Science. We will be covering such varied topics as simple living things, weather, forces, and motion, the solar system, and body systems. The course is an excellent introduction to the more in-depth courses of the next three years. There will be numerous demonstrations, experiments, hands-on activities, and videos.
The English program stresses grammar and mechanics along with using grammar appropriately in the writing process. There are many different types of writing that are taught or reinforced in the 5th grade, including descriptive writing, persuasive writing, narrative writing and poetry writing. The 5th grade also learns how to research, outline and write a factual report. Spelling and vocabulary words are learned and tested each week.
On a typical day, students learn mathematical concepts by analyzing patterns and writing mathematical rules. Instruction frequently includes work at the board, the use of hands on materials, and working with partners or in small groups.