The fifth grade curriculum is aligned with the diocesan guidelines and Pennsylvania State Academic Standards.
The Mass and the sacraments are explored in depth so that students become more conscious and active participants in the Church’s sacramental life. Exposure to prayer experiences, Scripture, the lives of the saints, plays, and other activities enhance the curriculum.
Students explore vocabulary, read selections from the text, participate in small group guided lessons, create monthly book reports, and participate in literature circles relating to class novels.
The eight parts of speech, mechanics of writing, and writing across the curriculum is the focus of the language arts curriculum. Weekly spelling words are also taught and mastered.
Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division concepts are reviewed and expanded. Decimals, fractions, and geometry concepts are taught in depth, and all skills are applied to problem solving. Students in fifth grade have an additional math program for one day a week. This self-paced program, Khan Academy, provides an opportunity to develop greater skills and a deeper conceptual understanding of the fifth grade math topics.
The fifth grade curriculum covers a variety of topics using an inquiry approach. The primary focus includes weather and atmosphere, biomes of the world, physics of forces, motion and energy. Fifth grade students have a hands-on lab experience once a week.
The fifth grade social studies curriculum focuses on explorers, Native Americans, early settlements of North America, immigration through Ellis Island, the American Revolution, and the Constitution. The year ends with a discussion of Canada and its features.
Fifth Grade Highlights
At the end of the year, students participate in a Read-In, as they enjoy a comfortable, relaxing afternoon reading and eating snacks. Students also visit historic Philadelphia, the Constitution Center, and other historical sites related to topics studied in class. A trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty completes the study of immigration and nationalities.
Technology Highlights, Projects, and Special Events
Teachers use electronic whiteboards and multimedia projectors to introduce concepts and involve students in the learning process. Students use iPads to create projects that are student centered, helping to bring the curriculum to life. In addition, teachers use online resources to enhance understanding in different curriculum areas.