Throughout this course students will gain deeper knowledge in four areas of the Catholic faith. The sacraments will be used to facilitate learning what Catholics believe as well as how Catholics, worship, live, and pray. This will, in part, be implemented through the exploration of social justice issues from a Catholic perspective, celebration of liturgical feasts and seasons, and discussions about Catholic heritage.
This course enables students to gain competence in independent use of the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also introduces students to the concepts of fractions and decimals. Problem solving skills will be strengthened and enhanced by using a variety of strategies.
The fifth grade English curriculum will center on grammar and writing. Language skills are applied to student writing.
The reading curriculum is aligned with state and national standards. The reading series builds on each successive grade level starting with Kindergarten. Each unit selection is connected to science, math, and social studies topics and standards that can be integrated into the curriculum.
The science curriculum focuses on three areas of natural science which are within the National Science Education Standards for teaching students in grades 5-8. These areas include Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science.
The 5th grade Social Studies curriculum seeks to introduce students to the history of the Unites States beginning with the first people to inhabit the land and ending with the diverse population represented by the country today. Major historical events affecting the development of the country are also chronicled within the course. Within the course, students are exposed to the ways in which the coming together of many different peoples caused conflicts among these groups. Some of these conflicts are resolved peacefully while others force violent opposition. The course also shows how economic need and desire to expand as a country are often precursors to these conflicts.
Fifth Grade students will participate in Exchange City. This field trip to Experiencia in Taylor is designed to introduce students to the world of economics. The general economics curriculum is taught over a four week period.