Fifth Grade

Caroline Bradshaw

Fifth Grade

Fantastic learning occurs in fifth grade! Throughout the school year, students gain a strong foundation in the formation of critical thinking skills, which are emphasized and developed as students explore thought-provoking academics. Students hone their writing skills on research projects and short stories. Hands-on activities help teach science concepts. Classroom discussions and presentations are an integral component of the fifth-grade curriculum, as is learning about, and practicing, our faith. Students participate in several projects that include:

    Head Start Service Project

Students deliver the school's Thanksgiving food drive donations to Head Start and spend the afternoon reading their handwritten and illustrated short stories to the preschoolers.

    Christmas Around the World

Students research and write a paper on how Christmas is celebrated in another country. They then present their research to the class. To help transport the class to their celebration students are encouraged to bring in authentic Christmas dishes, decorations, music, and traditional dress.


Every Friday afternoon, students spend 20 minutes with Jesus in the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's adoration chapel in prayer, reading, or quiet contemplation.

Curriculum Overview

Language Arts

  • Reading for main idea and supporting details
  • Literacy analysis
  • Writing process
  • Book reports
  • Paragraph writing
  • Creative writing
  • Report research, writing and presentations
  • Note-taking skills
  • Vocabulary and spelling enrichment
  • Grammar


  • Place Value
  • Add & subtract whole numbers, decimals and Fractions
  • Multiply & divide whole numbers
  • Use algebraic expressions
  • Equations and function tables
  • Display and interpret data
  • Develop fraction concepts
  • Use multiples and factors
  • Use measurement in the metric system
  • Measure perimeter, area and volume

Social Studies

  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Nation Changes
  • The Nation is Industrialized
  • American Expansion
  • First and Second World Wars
  • The Modern Era
  • A Changing World


  • Cells to body systems
  • Astronomy
  • Electricity
  • Energy and the ecosystem
  • Classifying living things


  • Religion - 5x per week
  • Music - 2x per week
  • Spanish - 2x per week
  • Library - 1x per week
  • Computer - 2x per week
  • P.E. - 2x per week

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