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Fifth Grade

Curriculum Overview
Bible

The fifth grade Bible Curriculum emphasizes the importance of choices made each day.  The lives of many Old Testament characters are examined with respect to the consequences (good and bad) of the choices they made.  Emphasis is placed on life application of these Bible truths.  Discussion, Bible journaling, and Scripture memorization are an integral part of the course.             

Reading

The fifth grade program combines the continued development of reading skills with the direct application of those skills through Reader’s Workshop.  It introduces students to a variety of literature.  There is a strong emphasis on comprehension strategies, building of literary appreciation, and integration of reading with other subject areas.  Students are required to do outside reading.  Biblical principles are incorporated into discussion whenever possible.

Writing

In Writer’s Workshop, the writing process continues to build on former instruction to further increase students’ abilities to move towards mastery of the writing process and the traits of good writing.  Students should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop topics with good details, to use literary elements to enhance their writing, to choose words that engage an audience, and to correctly use age-appropriate conventions of written expression.

Spelling

The fifth grade spelling curriculum continues to build lifelong spellers.  Students continue to study the sound-letter patterns.  Emphasis is placed upon proofreading all written work.

Handwriting

The fifth grade handwriting program continues the practice and reinforcement of handwriting skills.  The overall goal of the program is to encourage each student to write legibly.  At this grade level the student may choose to write in cursive or manuscript.

Math

The fifth grade math curriculum emphasizes place value, operations with fractions, decimal concepts, area and volume, measurement, and graphing.  The development of problem solving skills is taught throughout the program.

Science

The fifth grade science curriculum offers a Christian perspective on the following topics: cells, human body systems, earth’s changing surface, matter and its properties, forces in motion, electricity, stars and galaxies, earth in space, and technology in our lives.

Social Studies

The fifth grade social studies curriculum is a comprehensive study of the history of the United States.  Christian values are brought out during group discussions.

Chinese

In exploratory Chinese, students will be introduced to vocabulary and key phrases that reflect common conversational patterns in spoken Chinese. Students will be able to greet each other, express their likes and dislikes, talk about their families, and more. Special emphasis is placed on character recognition, as well as some character writing. Chinese will be taught from a biblical worldview.

Spanish

All fifth grade students will have one semester of Exploratory Spanish two times per week for 30 minutes per class.  The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the language and culture.  The course includes basic vocabulary and cultural awareness. Grammar is learned indirectly.  Emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills and an enthusiasm for language study.  Students may be given short writing tasks for homework that reinforce skills practiced in class.

Art

The art courses for grades four and five provide opportunities for students to learn about the splendor of God’s creation.  Students are encouraged to appreciate and develop their God-given talents by producing works of art using a variety of media including drawing from creation with still-life models, utilizing basic skills of perspective, focal point, etc.; painting using color mixing and a variety of techniques; using various types of clay to produce three-dimensional projects; and constructing craft items from a variety of cultures while manipulating color and texture.  Students develop the ability to make decisions and evaluate results as they plan and produce their art work.

Music

In Music for grades four and five, students work for a clear understanding of musical notation, expression marks by following a choral score.  Rhythmic creativity is encouraged through the use of instruments to accompany existing songs and improvise on new songs.  Listening activities expose students to important compositions and composers.  Creative movement is incorporated into class activities to encourage the development of coordination and to promote better understanding of the beat and rhythmic/melodic flow.  The upper elementary grades periodically form a large choir to provide a beginning choral experience by singing for special events in the life of the school. Singing, both in groups and individually, is encouraged as a means of pleasure and praise to the Lord. 

Instrument Music

In the instrumental lesson program for grades four and five, students apply the musical skills learned in the general music program to the band instruments of their choice.  Students learn to perform on these instruments with musical expression and technical accuracy, discovering joy in the process of collective music-making.  The lesson program culminates in student entry into the Lower School Concert Band.

Physical Education

Many of the same skills from grades three and four are repeated and further developed in grade five.  Fitness work continues.  More emphasis and attention are given to skill refinement.  Emphasis on team loyalty and good sportsmanship continues using integration of Biblical principles.  Activities include, but not limited to, soccer, handball, kickball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, hockey, and badminton.

Library

In grades four and five the curriculum is designed to prepare students to use the Library as a resource for research projects.  The students are taught the Dewey Decimal System’s ten classes of categorizing nonfiction.  They receive further instruction in the use of reference tools such as the dictionary, encyclopedia, world almanac, atlas, thesaurus, and Bible dictionary.  Students are instructed in responsible use of the World Wide Web.  They learn to use school approved web sites and search engines for research purposes.  Literature skills continue to be emphasized.

Computer Lab

The Grade 1-5 computer/technology course of study identifies essential knowledge and skills that all students need to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive environment.  Technology is undergoing rapid change and new and improved technological advances appear almost daily.  The curriculum is designed to form the foundation for continuous learning and to be applicable to ever-changing innovations.  Seven areas of content are addressed: social and ethical issues, computer skills, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet, database and multimedia.  The content of instruction for these areas is updated as innovations demand and the skills are developed in increasing detail as the students move up in grade levels.