FIFTH GRADE CURRICULUM
Mrs. Nicole Wnek
Emphasis is placed on how Jesus plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. This sharing of faith includes: instruction in doctrine, scripture and morality; the experience of prayer and liturgy; the building of a value system; the ability to relate teachings to life experiences; the knowledge of the rich heritage we share in time, place and people; and the profound respect for and love of the Catholic Church.
Literature is used for oral reading, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding skills, inferences, and critical reading/thinking strategies. Textbooks as well as novels are used to accomplish these goals. The major areas of the English curriculum include: writing, grammar, correct usage, mechanics, dictionary and library skills, speaking and listening skills, and literature. The “Six Traits of Writing” are utilized in the writing process. (Sentence Fluency, Ideas & Content, Organization, Conventions, Voice, and Word Choice)
The curriculum divides math concepts into smaller, more easily grasped pieces called increments. A new increment is presented each day and students work only a few problems involving the new material. The remaining work consists of practice problems involving concepts previously introduced. Every assignment (and every test) is a cumulative review of all material covered up to that point.
The curriculum provides an overview of United States history, growth, government, economics, and sociology. Map skills, geography, and the settling of America are also included. An annual play is performed entitled “The Pilgrims Arrival” to enhance what the students have been studying.
Science topics include examination of Life science (cells, heredity and ecology); Physical science (atoms, electricity and energy); and Environmental science (minerals, structure, water and atmosphere).