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Fifth Grade

Curriculum Overview

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.             


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.


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.


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.


Math in Focus is a research-based program that gives students multiple learning experiences to achieve mastery.   A wealth of resources provides each student with many experiences and multiple opportunities to achieve success.  Mathematical problem solving is emphasized at this level as well as the consolidating of computational skills.  Fractions, proportional reasoning, decimals, model drawing, and other key concepts are addressed in preparation for algebra.


Mystery Science is an online curriculum which is fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  A biblical world view is the over-arching framework for these units and the ideas and scientific information presented.  In fifth grade there is a strong emphasis on physical and earth science units.  Students have many opportunities to engage with the concepts presented through projects and presentations and classroom experiments.

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.


The Spanish class will focus on maximizing exposure to the language and encouraging communication. The vocabulary acquisition will be attained by making connections through songs, stories, play, and practice. The students will learn standard Spanish to greet each other, introduce themselves, express their feelings and preferences, talk about themselves and others, and more. Relevant cultural elements and sound biblical content will enrich the learning experience.


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.


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. 

Instrumental 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.


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 Science

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.