• 5th Grade Curriculum Highlights
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    Use effective reading strategies to interpret and critically analyze literature

    Use main ideas and supporting details to draw conclusions and create inferences

    Use context clues to comprehend text

    Identify author’s purpose in a variety of text

    Establish connections to texts using background knowledge  

    Read to acquire and apply information

    Compare/contrast, identify, and explain information, main ideas, and organization of a text

    Read for enjoyment

    Orally communicate information, opinions, and ideas to a variety of audiences

    Engage effectively in classroom discussion


    Plan/research, revise, edit, and publish clear and effective writing as a part of the writing process

    Create informative, narrative, and persuasive writing pieces

    Write a 5 paragraph essay that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion

    Understand and use parts of speech effectively, including nouns, verbs, and adjectives

    Use punctuation and capitalization consistently in daily writing

    Use and spell grade level words accurately in daily writing


    Early migration to America

    Native Americans of North America

    European explorers and colonization

    Life in the 13 colonies

    French and Indian War

    American Revolution

    Forming our first government

    Geography of the world

    Current events


    Recognize a variety of art terms using the word wall.

    Recognize Dali, Margrette, Moore, Michelangelo, and their works.

    Recognize art from the Surrealism Movement

    Use a variety of media to create a 2-D and 3-D art work.




    Mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts

    Use place value to order and compare numbers

    Use estimation skills to solve problems

    Divide by 1 and 2 digit divisors

    Use fractions, decimals, and percents to analyze numbers

    Identify and analyze number patterns

    Use and understand the orders of operation

    Create graphs on a coordinate plane

    Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions

    Understand and apply the concepts of fractional numbers

    Measure using metric and standard units

    Identify and classify 2 and 3 dimensional spaces

    Identify and measure different types of angles

    Calculate perimeter, area, and volume

    Solve real world problems using higher order thinking skills and defend solution orally and in writing


    Sound and light energy

    Earth and it’s resources

    Properties of matter and energy

    Newton’s Laws of Motion

    Human body systems, components and growth

    DARE Program

    Observe, classify, measure, design, collect and organize data

    Use scientific method to analyze data


    Activities that improve sports specific skills

    Rules and strategies to game situations

    Activities to improve physical fitness levels

    Understand and demonstrate good sportsmanship

    Cooperative and positive participation in all activities


    Identify the unique qualities of their classmates

    List positive qualities about themselves

    Demonstrate conflict resolution skills

    Demonstrate how people cooperate with one another to reach goals in the classroom, home, and community

    Understand the roles that ability and effort play in the achievement of career goals

    Take and interpret a Career Clusters Interest Inventory

    Interview a worker about their job and present the information about that job

    Analyze and list the effect of bullies

    Analyze and discuss online safety


    Use formal keyboarding skills to learn letter, number, and symbol key positions

    Use application software including standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications


    Sing with proper breathing and improved vocal technique

    Read and understand musical notation

    Sing in unison with pitch and vocal technique

    Identify meter in 2 versus meter in 3

    Identify orchestral instruments and how they are played

    Recognize composers of the classical era and their music

    Identify form in music:  AB, ABA, and rondo

    Discuss and appreciate the various aspects of musical  theater and ballet

    Create a project demonstrating a knowledge of instruments and music of other cultures


    Perform on one instrument accurately, alone and with  others

    Perform second-year notes and rhythms as appropriate for their instrument

    Sight read beginning-level music with accuracy

    Demonstrate proper posture, breathing techniques and hand position

    Perform music from different cultures and time periods

    Perform two scales and arpeggios accurately for one octave

    Improvise rhythmic variations

    Perform beginning alternate fingerings and positions


    Learn and use proper posture for efficient vocal production

    Utilize good breathing technique for well-supported vocal tone

    Sing a variety of easy choral literature in both 2-part and  3-part mixed format

    Learn about using “head voice” and “chest voice” to  maintain healthy vocal production

    Read, understand, and sing using musical notation specifically written for chorus

    Learn about and utilize proper technique in forming vowels

    Learn how and why to watch the conductor for entrance, cutoffs, dynamics, tempo, and expression


    Review figurative language in texts

    Identify author’s purpose

    Review using dictionaries, thesaurus, and encyclopedia

    Complete multiple research projects on chosen topics