Fifth Grade


Fifth grade language arts focuses on the fundamentals of grammar through lessons and activities that teach the principles rules and mechanics of the English language. We use Chromebooks to practice typing and composing. We also work to improve writing with the 6+1 Writing Traits.

Fifth grade reading covers the following:

  • short stories from various genres
  • non-fiction pieces
  • novels read together as a class

Through the 180 Days of Spelling & Word Study, students complete one unit per week, with pretest on Monday and a spelling test each Friday.

Fifth grade math topics include:

  • Fluency with decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Graphing
  • Fluency with fraction addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Fifth grade science standards are centered around six main areas:

  • engineering and technology
  • matter
  • energy and matter in organisms
  • ecosystems
  • space
  • Earth’s systems

Students have the opportunity to do a variety of hands-on activities and labs.

The fifth grade social studies curriculum focuses on early American history, from the first Native Americans up to the thirteen colonies and the American Revolution.

Students continue their practice of cursive handwriting, applying skills to daily work.

Fifth graders use technology across the curriculum in a variety of ways:

  • Ed Puzzle
  • IXL Math – math enrichment practice
  • RazKids
  • Google Docs – research, typing

Faith Formation

In Religion, fifth graders study the Sacraments and their place in our lives.  They also act as Partners in Peace on the playground daily.

Community Service

Fifth grade serves our local school community with the responsibility to hang the flags every day, a task we take very seriously. We are also Partners in Peace on the Playground. Fifth grade students visit the Oregon Food Bank.

Fifth Grade Highlights

A highlight of the fifth grade year is being paired as “Big Buddies” with kindergartners. We attend mass together each week, read with our buddies monthly, visit the pumpkin patch, celebrate holiday parties together, and help with other academic activities such as reading Scholastic News magazines.