5th Grade Curriculum Guide


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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.


At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.


Jesus Christ sharing His life with us is the theme for the Religion program at this level. Our goal is to give students a greater understanding of the Sacraments.  Students are presented with the great love of Jesus, who through the sacraments sacrificed His own life that we all might become one.  It challenges children to accept that they share that love when they receive the sacraments.  At this level children are asked to respond to this message by being willing to make sacrifices in their own lives and also to reach out in service to others.

      Language Arts

The development of critical thinking, vocabulary skills, and comprehension are the goals of this program.  Reading skills are taught through a literature-based reading series.  The writing process is central to this program and students develop skills in writing descriptive and persuasive paragraphs, expository paragraphs, and personal narratives.  Sentence and paragraph structure are emphasized and spelling, mechanics, and correct usage are incorporated into writing activities.  Grammar skills are also taught.



Students at this level are expected to estimate, round, and demonstrate mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers.  They are also expected to master long division with multi-digit divisors.  Their knowledge of place value is expanded to the billions period and in decimals through the thousandths place.  They learn addition and subtraction of decimals. They begin intensive work with fractions including generating equivalent forms of common fractions and determining the prime factors of numbers.  They use formulas for the area of rectangles, triangle, circles and parallelograms.  Students learn to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.  Students then learn to multiply and divide fractions.  Students organize and display data in appropriate graphs and representations.  They learn how to convert customary unites of measure and are introduced to the coordinate system. Problem solving, critical thinking, and test strategies are emphasized in this program throughout the year.


In this curriculum area, students investigate animal and plant cells, plant systems, life in ecosystems and biomes, weather and climate, Earth and its moon, the structure and characteristics of matter and states of matter, the introduction of the periodic table of elements, force, motion and work. Students participate in hands-on activities in a laboratory environment and practice the scientific method of experimentation. Laboratory skills are introduced. They participate in a judged school science fair, and selective students have the opportunity to compete in a county elementary science fair in the spring.

Social Studies

The fifth grade student studies the story of American history from the time of the Ice Age through the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States government.  Students construct a knowledge base of the United States and its people through reading, researching, and discussing the contributions and cultures of the various groups of people who have shaped the U. S. A.  The student makes connections from the past to the present, learning how the ideas and experiences of others have affected the present and that their own actions will affect the future.  The student grows in understanding the importance of exercising the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as the responsibilities.


At this level the Music curriculum includes instruction in the classroom, as well as providing an opportunity to participate in advanced music ensembles –Band, Handbells, and Concert Choir.  Using the “Recorder Karate” series, students learn to read notes and play as an ensemble.  A variety of learning activities including movement, games, listening exercises, singing, and playing pitch/non-pitched instruments are part of this program.  During this year, students have the opportunity to attend a special presentation by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.


Students demonstrate knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database skills. They use a variety of educational software to complement the academic curriculum, and also use the Internet for the same purpose.  Internet safety issues are stressed.  An introduction to basic computer programming logic is also taught.


Students at this grade level work in media such as crayon, paint, oil pastels, chalks, print-making, and collage.  They are expected to master many skills including cutting, pasting, and painting.  Themes from language arts, social studies, math and science are integrated into lessons while art history, aesthetics, and art criticism are also incorporated. Students apply the elements of art and principles of design, use appropriate vocabulary, include content and symbolism, reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others during the completion of a project.



Students in grade five use the ¡Avancemos! as a textbook.  They review greetings, simple vocabulary.  Basic grammar structure, adjectives, singular and plural and articles are introduced through a cultural context.  Comprehension of the language is enhanced through oral and written activities.

Physical Education

Students continue to develop team strategies (offense, defense, spacing) and become more responsible in demonstrating concern for the safety of others and themselves.  Students expand their knowledge of team play and the human body as it relates to fitness.  Written tests are given in these areas.  Students have the opportunity to participate in Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Swimming, Golf, and Cross Country.