5th Grade Curriculum

Grade Level Curriculum Guidelines

St. Martin of Tours Academy, in partnership with parents, is a Catholic parish elementary school that prepares students to be lifelong learners through a curriculum that has a strong moral, spiritual, and academic foundation. Students understand the need for peace and justice, and as responsible Catholics, are challenged to answer the call to service and become engaged citizens of the world.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations
Primary Grades

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SACRAMENTS

  • Defines sacrament as an outward sign of God’s love for us
  • Identifies the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith broken down into sacraments of initiation, healing, and             commitment
  • Celebrates the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and reconciliation
  • Understands sacraments as celebrations of life
  • Sees Jesus as the sacrament of God’s Presence
  • Recognizes the Catholic Church as the Sacrament of Jesus’  presence in the world

SCRIPTURE

  •  Studies and prays psalms
  • Reads various New/Old Testament scriptures
  • Enhances masses by participating and preparing

LITURGY/PRAYER

  • Participates in morning offering and petitions, noon prayer, and afternoon prayer
  • Employs various prayer forms including the traditional prayer
  • Performs the Rosary and Stations of the Cross

SOCIAL JUSTICE

  •  Makes visits to a convalescent home
  • Assists primary children during monthly Masses

READING

  •  Builds vocabulary through understanding of word structure, use of synonyms, antonyms and homonyms, as well    as the use of the dictionary and thesaurus
  • Increases comprehension through prediction, inference, comparison, and the drawing of conclusions
  • Understands cause and effect
  • Differentiates between fact and opinion
  • Identifies story elements as well as author’s point of view
  • Employs various reference tools to effectively find information within books, journals, newspapers, and libraries as  well as accessing on-line information

WRITING

  • Utilizes writing process strategies: pre-writing, rough draft, proof reading, revising, and final copy
  • Constructs effective writings of varying length to include single and multiple paragraph works
  • Develops writings of different genre to include: comparative, explanatory, expository, personal
    narrative, persuasive, and story writing
    Produces a research paper using multiple sources and including the correct citing of sources
  • Writes using captivating wording, correct grammar, and mechanics

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

  • Processes oral information in order to formulate thought provoking questions to enhance learning
  • Engages in constructive dialogue
  • Clarifies views with supportive examples.

NUMBER SENSE

  • Works comfortably with very large (millions) and very small (thousandths) numbers
  • Utilizes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals
  • Understands number line placement of integers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers
  • Identifies least common multiple and greatest common factor of number pairs
  • Equates proper, improper, and mixed fractions
  • Uses rounding and compatible numbers to estimate
  • Adds and subtracts negative numbers

ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS

  • Constructs and solves simple algebraic expressions with one variable
  • Places ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
  • Graphs simple algebraic expressions
  • Maps and extends geometric and numeric patterns

MEASUREMENT AND GEOMETRY

  • Chooses appropriate unit of measure for weight, length, volume, and temperature
  • Employs correct terminology with regard to line,angle, circle, and three-dimensional rectangular prisms
  • Calculates perimeter and area of a variety of polygons and circles
  • Finds the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms
  • Explores tessellation, translation, reflection and figure rotation
  • Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
  • Calculates mean, mode, and median of a given set of numbers
  • Employs appropriate types of graphs to most effectively display data
  • Utilizes graphs to predict trends.

MATHEMATICAL REASONING

  • Deciphers information in word problems to determine means to arrive at its successful solution
  • Utilizes various strategies to problem solve
  • Makes precise calculations and verifies to assure validity

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • Students understand elements, their combinations and how they account for all of the varied types of matter in        the world

EARTH SCIENCE

  •  Students know water on earth moves between the oceans  and land through the process of evaporation and
    condensation

LIFE SCIENCE

  •  Knows that all living things are made of cells and use energy to survive
  • Learns that the complex interplay of various systems within the human body enables it to adapt
    to the constant demands of the external environment

INVESTIGATION AND EXPERIMENTATION

  •  Students ask meaningful questions and participate in investigations to develop further understanding of concepts

HISTORY

  • Traces earliest migration of prehistoric tribes into North America and their adaptations to the environment
  • Identifies various explorers and their accomplishments
  • Studies include: colonization, independence, government formation, western frontier expansion, and the division of the union

GEOGRAPHY

  • Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United States and understands the relationship between human survival and the land
  • Locates the 50 states and identifies their capitals

ECONOMICS

  • Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas
  • Studies the economies of the early colonies
  • Analyzes the British debt after the French and Indian War
  • Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States

CULTURE

  •  Sees the USA as a pluralistic society
  • Studies life as an explorer
  • Understands life at the dawn of the Revolutionary War

ETHICS AND BELIEFS

  • Distinguishes between Puritan, Quaker, and Native American belief systems
  • Contrasts the arguments for and against slavery in the United States

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS

  • Compares Native American and Colonial American cultures
  • Juxtaposes Matriarchal and Democratic forms of government

KEYBOARDING

  • Increases touch type to 30 words per minute with 80% accuracy
  • Emphasizes home row
  • History
  • Discusses origins of modern computers
  • Builds technical vocabulary of computers and software

CREATIVITY

  • Creates original art work and graphics.

INTERNET

  • Comprehends copy write ethics
  • Aware of need for use of Internet safety measures

EXERCISE AND CALISTHENICS AND SPORT SKILLS

  • Plays agility games and relay races
  • Takes part in, and learn the rules for, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, and volleyball
  • Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Improves ball skills
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition.

MEDIA

  • Uses various media including pencil, ink, crayon, watercolor paint, chalk, and oil pastels

HISTORY

  • Studies a variety of artists throughout history
  • Emulates simplified versions of various artists’ techniques

MUSIC APPRECIATION

  • Sings various songs
  • Uses rhythm instruments
  • Is exposed famous composers and compositions
  • Simulated Mars Mission (Rueben H. Fleet Science Center)
  • Midway Museum
  • Helix Water District Treatment Plant           
  • International Day
  • Science Fair

Chroniciles of Narnia        C.W. Lewis

Series of Unfortunate Events        Lemony Snicket

The Lightening Thief        Rick Riordan        

Dear America Series      

 I Survived Series            Lauren Tarshis

 

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