Welcome to fifth grade! As we guide the students through this last year of Lower School, we are amazed at the growth they exhibit. This pivotal year introduces the students to the 1:1 laptop program, an extraordinary offering that allows the students to use technology in an educational setting to complete assignments and incorporate web tools into their learning. Between science experiments, published writings, and interactive media projects, students will take on more responsibility and learn study methods that will help them be successful as they move forward. In addition to academic growth, we focus on nurturing their social and spiritual growth as well and provide multiple opportunities for the children to work and play together as we explore God’s world. In conjunction with our study of oceans and the Georgia coastline, students will get to explore all they have learned in a three day field trip to Jekyll Island.
As we’re sure your children will agree, fifth grade rocks!
The Fifth Grade Team
Using Positive Action for Christ’s series, the theme for this year is Winning the Race. This curriculum is comprised of four primary truths: the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is essential that we be in His will, Satan’s goal is to turn us from God, and the study of Revelation teaches us about future events. Using the theme of athletic competition and drawing from studies of various Bible characters, students learn how the principles of God’s Word can help them gain victory in the race of life. Students are led in daily prayers and are expected to memorize and reproduce key Bible verses. Students in fifth grade support the ministry project Camp Hope, an organization for children whose parents are incarcerated. In addition to food and fundraising drives, the students write a devotional book that is published for each participant.
In order to begin preparing for Middle School Math, students use the Sadlier Oxford's Progress in Mathematics. Concepts covered include: number patterns, and numeration, algebraic equations, whole number operations, prime factors, exponents, statistics, graphs, manipulating decimals, fractions with mixed numbers,, angles, symmetry, area, volume, measurement, and capacity.
Through a variety of engaging and interactive tools, students in fifth grade delve into novel studies in the genres of Classic Literature, Historical Fiction, Action and Adventure, and Fantasy. Students are given individual reading ranges to help strengthen their skills in an appropriately stepped program that fits their needs. In addition to finishing four class novels, students achieve quarterly reading goals for both fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction comprehension strategies and tools are a key focus as the students become more involved with textbook reading in the core subjects going forward.
All steps of the Scientific Method are explored, as students are immersed in hands on experiments to test their ability to hypothesize, conduct experiments, analyze data, and draw conclusions. Topics of study include: landforms, plate tectonics, fossils, weathering, states of matter, atoms and elements, electricity, cell structure, circulation, blood, the heart and lungs and biomes. A study of the Georgia Coastal Islands culminates in a three-day trip to the 4H Center on Jekyll Island, where students study Beach Ecology, the Maritime Forest, and the effects of erosion and deposition on the island.
Fifth grade Social Studies picks up where fourth grade left off, as the students study the early U.S. government and the effects of westward expansion. An in-depth look at the Civil War and Reconstruction periods provides the students with the background necessary to understand later American growth and dominance as a world power. Field trips to the Atlanta History Center and the State Capitol building offer students the opportunity to see history unfold and learn first hand how our government works.
Proper grammar mechanics is a central focus of fifth grade, as students learn to put their skills to work in their writing. Students continue their use of the Grammar Workshop program to enhance their understanding of parts of speech, subject/verb agreement, sentence types, and punctuation rules. Additionally, students will learn to vary their sentence structure and eliminate run-on sentences and sentence fragments in their writing of three and five paragraph creative essays. To enhance spelling and word knowledge, we use the Zaner Bloser Spelling curriculum for grade 6.