Grade Five Curriculum

Grade Five Curriculum Guide

Language Arts for Grades K-6
Language Arts
(Note: The standards listed below are consistent from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Expectations are adjusted based on each grade level.)

  • Students read, understand and respond to a variety of materials.

  • Students read and recognize literature as a record of human experience.

  • Students write and speak for a variety of purposes and audiences.

  • Students write and speak using formal grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

  • Students apply critical thinking skills to their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

  • Students read to locate, select, and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference, and technological sources.

  • Students use appropriate technologies to extend comprehension and communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

Math for Grades K-6
(Note: The standards listed below are consistent from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Expectations are adjusted based on each grade level.)

  • Numerical and Proportional Reasoning - Students learn to express numerically quantitative relationships in multiple ways in order to make connections and simplify calculations using a variety of strategies, tools, and technologies.

  • Algebraic Reasoning: Patterns and Functions - Students represent and analyze patterns and functional relationships using a variety of strategies, tools, and technologies.

  • Geometry and Measurement - Students analyze, visualize, measure and transform shapes and structures using a variety of strategies, tools, and technologies.

  • Working with Data: Probability and Statistics - Students collect, display, analyze, compare, and interpret data to make informed decisions using a variety of strategies, tools, and technologies.

Social Studies for Grade 5
U.S. History

  • What is an American?

  • How have conflict and compromise shaped our nation?

  • How have the creation and evolution of government addressed the rights and responsibilities of groups and individuals?

  • How have past events and individuals influenced my life and my world?

  • What is the relationship among geography, culture, and American history?

  • How has change impacted American history?

Science for Grade 5

  • Sound and Light (Energy Transfer and Transformations) - Sound and light are forms of energy. Sound is a form of energy that is produced by the vibration of objects and is transmitted by the vibration of air and objects.

  • Senses (Structure and Function) - Perceiving and responding to information abut the environment is critical to the survival of organisms. The sense organs perceive stimuli from the environment and send signals to the brain through the nervous system.

  • Earth in the Solar System - Most objects in the solar system are in a regular and predictable motion. The positions of the earth and moon relative to the sun explain the cycles of day and night, and the monthly moon phases.

  • Lenses (Science and Technology in Society) - Humans have the capacity to build and use tools to advance the quality of their lives. Advances in technology allow individuals to acquire new information about the world.

Grades 3-6
Your student will also receive specific instruction in the following areas:

Art : Grade 4 through Grade 6
Students will explore, understand, select, and apply media, techniques and processes unique to visual thinking.

  • Differentiate between a variety of media, techniques, and processes (examples include drawing, painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking processes, and technology)

  • Describe how different media, techniques, and processes cause different effects and personal responses

  • Use art media and tools in a safe, clean, and responsible manner

  • Explore, experiment, and apply media, techniques, and processes to create original work

Students will explore, understand, and apply elements and organizational principles of visual language.

  • Explore the elements of visual language

  • Use the elements of visual language to communicate ideas (Examples of elements of visual language include: line, shape, form, space, texture, pattern, value, and color)

Students will apply a range of visual thinking and problem solving processes to inspire their ideas and work.

  • Art content explored through own experiences and teacher directed sources

  • Explore and select art content to communicate meaning (Examples of content include: personal experiences, imagination, environment, music, storytelling, literature, poetry, cultural and historical context)

Students will understand visual thinking in relation to the development and success of humanity.

  • Explore characteristics and purposes of works of art representing various cultures, historical periods, and artists

  • Explore works of art belonging to particular styles, cultures, times, or places

  • Create art work that demonstrates understanding of how history or culture can influence visual thinking

Students will reflect upon, describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate their own and other work individually and in groups.

  • Identify various purposes for creating works of art

  • Describe visual characteristics of works of art using visual thinking terminology

  • Recognize that there are different responses to works of art

  • Identify possible improvements in the process of creating their own artwork

  • Describe their personal responses to specific works of art using visual thinking terminology

Students will make connections between visual arts, visual art careers, and daily life.

  • Identify connections between visual arts and daily life

  • Understand connections between visual arts and other curriculum areas

  • Identify various careers that are available to the visual thinkers

  • Understand how the visual arts are used in the world around us

Students meet in music class for thirty-six classes a year.

  • Listen and respond to various musical elements

  • Identify and describe ways in which skills and knowledge in music are related to skills and knowledge in other disciplines

  • Continue to develop singing voice, unison and 2-parts

  • Continue to develop music reading skills

  • Identify symbols and traditional terms

  • Perform a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and styles

  • Recognize aurally and identify simple musical forms

  • Compare and contrast musical styles

  • Improvise short pieces within specific guidelines

Physical Education
Key: F = Fall, W = Winter, S = Spring

  • Cooperative team building - F

  • Applying soccer skills in game-play situations with an emphasis on strategies, rules, and sportsmanship - F

  • Health related fitness (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility - F,W,S

  • Applying throwing and catching skills in cooperative and non-competitive game activities - F,W,S

  • Striking with and implement with an emphasis on stick control and force variance - F,W,S

  • Creative movement skills: student-designed gymnastics/dance routines with an emphasis on self-expression and fluidity of movement - W,S

World Languages

Grade Five students participate in collaborative library classes and lessons. Students learn to select and enjoy fiction and nonfiction materials. Teachers introduce many new books and genres. Students practice and apply previously learned library skills and they develop new skills and attitudes that they apply to their class work. At the end of fifth grade, most students should be able to:

  • Ask and answer information research questions

  • Apply appropriate library skills to research work

  • Use the electronic catalog effectively and demonstrate a knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System

  • Determine the reference resources, print and non-print, most appropriate for a specific purpose

  • Use the index, table of contents, and copyright date to locate information

  • Identify the scope and purpose of periodicals and use them as a resource for current information

  • Continue reading quality literature found in noteworthy and award-winning authors and titles

  • Understand basic copyright protections and their purpose

  • Compile a bibliography

  • Use software and on-line services

  • Evaluate the quality and accuracy of various on-line services

  • Understand and abide by the Acceptable Use Policy