Fifth Grade Curriculum Guide

The Catholic School is a unique faith-centered community, which integrates thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith, and inspire action.

The commitment to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development of all students, is an integral part of the mission of our school.


Your child will learn about:

  • The Seven Sacraments
  • The Liturgical Year
  • Parts of the liturgy
  • Study of scripture
  • Ways to pray
  • Family life


Your child will learn to:

  • Write in narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive forms
  • Utilize the six traits of writing: content, organization, word choice, fluency, conventions, and presentation
  • Use the writing process: prewrite, draft, edit, revise, an publish
  • Write coherent paragraphs using complete sentences
  • Apply correct capitalization and punctuation in writing


Students are scheduled for two 45 minute P.E. classes each week.  Students will be required to change into P.E. clothes (health and hygiene purposes).  Students will be expected to participate at their current skill level, show growth in their skills, and show appropriate sportsmanship behavior in class.


Your child will learn to:

  • Read fluently using decoding skills, vocabulary development, and context clues
  • Participate in self-selected reading
  • Use strategies for comprehension such as:  identify purpose for reading,  infer main idea, theme, predict, develop a summary, determine cause/effect, analyze character, and setting, and interpret diagrams/charts in text
  • Read and respond to various literary genres (fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, etc.) for enrichment, recreation, and lifelong learning


Your child will learn to:

  • Spell a list of words selected by the teacher which focuses on a new spelling pattern each week


Your child will learn to:

  • Understand place value using decimals and commas
  • Multiply whole numbers up to four digits
  • Divide whole numbers by a two digit divisor, with or without a remainder
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals
  • Determine factors and multiples of numbers
  • Identify equivalent fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers
  • Understand basic geometry skills
  • Solve one variable expressions
  • Develop and interpret graphs, charts, and tables from data
  • Apply problem solving strategies to word problems and other applications


Your child will:

  • Use the scientific method to solve problems
  • Explore navigation by the sky, providing fresh water, and motion & design using inquiry based activities

Social Studies

Your child will learn to:

  • Understand the reasons for studying history and an awareness of how we learn from the past
  • Develop directional skills and mapping
  • Develop an understanding of early American History from early European explorers through the American Revolution
  • Explore the multicultural development of the United States


  • Field trips are planned for various curriculum enrichment activities including    science, social studies, and art
  • Attend a salmon bake at Tillicum Village near Seattle
  • Run the Junior Achievement Big Town
  • Raise and release salmon each spring in conjunction with field trips to view salmon spawning and a visit to a fish hatchery
  • Peace partners
  • Beginning Band/Strings
  • Kostka Club

Computer Technology

Your child will learn to:

  • Become proficient in using classroom technologies
  • Give presentations to classmates using Power Point/Google Slides
  • Develop skills in the use of Internet for project research


Students will participate in music 2 times a week for 45 minutes.  Students will review learned concepts, as well as, continue moderate folk, sacred and secular pieces to     explore:

  • Rhythm – meter/time signatures, dotted notes (syncopation),
  • Melody – sharp, flat, natural, chords,   major/minor
  • Form – 12 bar blues, unequal phrase lengths
  • Texture/expression – chord function I IV V, ensembles (recorders)

Students will also experiment with pitched and unpitched percussion.  Students will have the opportunity to continue band or strings.