Generally, children in fourth and fifth grade are similar in the ways that they learn. They tend to learn best by doing and experiencing.
Religion and Family Life
1. Demonstrate the ability to read and reflect on scripture and its meaning for life today
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history of the church
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding and appreciation of doctrine and dogma found in the Creedal Statements
4. Demonstrate a basic understanding and appreciation of the Trinity as the central mystery of the Christian faith
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the sacraments as important moments in the life of the community, with an emphasis on the Eucharist
6. Demonstrate an understanding that the Eucharistic Liturgy (the Mass) is the communal celebration of the Paschal Mystery in which each is called to full and active participation
7. Demonstrate a knowledge of and ability to participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer
8. Demonstrate an understanding of moral teaching, and an ability to make good moral decisions and act in a responsible, Christian manner
9. Demonstrate comprehension of seven key principles of Catholic social teaching and have the ability to apply them to personal and societal situations.
English Language Arts
· Read narrative and expository text aloud with grade-appropriate fluency and accuracy and with appropriate pacing, intonation and expression
· Use word origins to determine the meaning of unknown words
· Understand and explain frequently used synonyms, antonyms, and homographs
· Use knowledge of roots and affixes derived from Greek and Latin to analyze the meaning of complex words
· Understand and explain the figurative and metaphorical use of words in context
· Read and understand narrative and expository text (Social Studies, Science, etc.) appropriate to fifth grade
· Discern main ideas and concepts presented in texts, identifying and assessing evidence that supports those ideas
· Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and prior knowledge
· Distinguish facts, supported inferences, and opinions in text
· Read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature
· Identify and analyze the characteristics of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction
· Identify the main problem or conflict of the plot and explain how it is resolved
· Contrast the actions, motives, and appearances of characters in a work of fiction
· Understand that theme refers to the meaning or moral of a text
· Describe the function of common literary devices (e.g., imagery, metaphor, symbolism)
· Write clear, coherent, focused and structured paragraphs
· Create multi-paragraph narrative compositions
· Create multi-paragraph expository compositions
· Write research reports
· Write responses to literature
· Write persuasive letters
· Edit and revise writing to improve the meaning and focus by adding, deleting, consolidating, clarifying, and rearranging words and sentences
· Write with a command of standard English conventions (e.g., sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling)
· Use various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, online information) as an aid to writing
· Deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience
· Evaluate the content of oral communication
· Ask questions that seek information not already discussed
· Make inferences or draw conclusions based on an oral report
· Select a focus, organizational structure, and point of view for an oral presentation
· Clarify and support spoken ideas with evidence and examples
· Engage the audience with appropriate verbal cues, facial expressions, and gestures
· Deliver narrative and informative presentations
· Deliver oral responses to literature
· Compute with very large and very small numbers, positive integers, decimals, and fractions and understand the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percents.
· They understand the relative magnitude of numbers
· Perform calculations and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication and division of fractions and decimals
· Use variables in simple expressions, compute the value of the expression for specific values of the variable, and plot and interpret the results
· Understand and compute the volumes and areas of simple objects
· Identify, describe, and classify the properties of, and the relationships between, plane and solid geometric figures
· Display, analyze, compare, and interpret different data sets, including data sets of different sizes
· Understands and computes different ways of finding “average” (mean, median, and mode)
· Reads, interprets, and constructs various types of graphs and explains which types are most appropriate for a given set.
· Make decisions about how to approach problems
· Use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions
· Move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations
· Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.
· Identification of chemical properties, states of matter, structure of the atom, and how chemicals react to each other.
· Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials.
· Water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the process of evaporation and condensation.
· Energy from the Sun heats Earth unevenly, causing air movements that result in changing weather patterns.· The solar system consists of planets and other bodies that orbit the Sun in predictable paths.
· Work individually and as a team member to collect and share information
· Classify objects (e.g., rocks, plants, leaves) in accordance with their appropriate criteria.
· Develop a testable question.
· Plan and conduct a simple investigation based on a student-developed question and write instructions others can follow to carry out the procedure.
· Identify a single variable in a scientific experiment and explain how this variable can be used to collect information to answer a question about the results of the experiment.
· Select appropriate tools (e.g., thermometers, meter sticks, balances) and make quantitative observations.
· Record data by using appropriate graphic representations (including charts and graphs) and make inferences based on those data.
· Draw conclusions from scientific evidence and indicate whether further information is needed to support a specific conclusion.
· Write a report of an investigation that includes conducting tests, collecting data or examining evidence, and drawing conclusions.
Theme: United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation
· Describe the major pre-Columbian settlements, including the cliff dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains , and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River
· Trace the routes of the early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas
· Describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers
· Understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era
· Explain the causes of the American Revolution
· Understand the course and consequences of the American Revolution
· Describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution and analyze the Constitution’s significance as the foundation of the American Republic
· Trace the Colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800’s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the physical and political geography, and transportation systems
· Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals