Fifth Grade

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Religion (200 Minimum Weekly Minutes)


  • Defines sacrament as an outward sign of God’s love for us
  • Identifies the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith broken down into sacraments of initiation, healing, and commitment
  • Celebrates the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation
  • Understands sacraments as celebrations of life
  • Sees Jesus as the sacrament of God’s presence
  • Recognizes the Catholic Church as the Sacrament of Jesus’ presence in the world


  • Studies and prays psalms
  • Reads various New Testament sources
  • Enhances masses by participating and preparing Liturgy/Prayer
  • Participates in morning offering and petitions, noon prayers, and afternoon prayers
  • Employs various prayer forms, including the traditional prayer
  • Performs the Rosary and attends Stations of the Cross
  • Attends weekly Mass

Social Justice

  • Participates in volunteer activities which aid those in need, the poor, and the elderly
  • Assists primary children during weekly Masses

Language Arts (625 Minimum Weekly Minutes)


  • Builds vocabulary through understanding of word structure, use of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, as well as the use of the dictionary and thesaurus
  • Increases comprehension through prediction, inference, comparison, and the drawing of conclusions
  • Understands cause and effect
  • Differentiates between fact and opinion
  • Identifies story elements as wells as author’s point of view
  • Employs various reference tools to effectively find information within books, journals, newspapers, and libraries, as wells as accessing online information
  • Reading point goals set every quarter through use of Accelerated Reader and Scholastic Reading Counts


  • Utilizes writing process strategies: pre-writing, rough draft, proof reading, revising, and final copy
  • Constructs effective writings of varying length to include single and multiple paragraph works
  • Develops writings of different genres to include: comparative, explanatory, expository, personal narrative, persuasive, and story writing
  • Produces a research paper using multiple sources, including the correct citing of sources
  • Writes using captivating wording, correct grammar, and mechanics

Listening and Speaking

  • Processes oral information in order to formulate thought- provoking questions to enhance learning
  • Edifies through engaging and informational oral presentations
  • Engages in constructive dialogue
  • Clarifies views with supportive examples

Mathematics (250 Minimum Weekly Minutes)

Number Sense

  • Works comfortable with very large (millions) and very small (thousandths) numbers
  • Utilizes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals
  • Understands number line placement of integers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers
  • Identifies least common multiple and greatest common factor of number pairs
  • Equates proper, improper, and mixed fractions
  • Uses rounding and compatible numbers to estimate
  • Adds and subtracts negative numbers

Algebra and Functions

  • Constructs and solves simple algebraic expressions with one variable
  • Places ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
  • Graphs simple algebraic expressions
  • Maps and extends geometric and numeric patterns

Measurement and Geometry

  • Chooses appropriate unit of measure for weight, length, volume, and temperature
  • Employs correct terminology with regard to line, angle, circle, and three-dimensional rectangular prisms
  • Calculates perimeter and area of a variety of polygons and circles
  • Finds the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms
  • Explores tessellation, translation, reflection, and figure rotation

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability

  • Calculates mean, mode, and median of a given set of numbers
  • Employs appropriate types of graphs to most effectively display data
  • Utilizes graphs to predict trends

Mathematical Reasoning

  • Deciphers information in word problems to determine means to arrive at its successful solution
  • Utilizes various strategies to problem solve
  • Makes precise calculations and verifies to assure validity

Science (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)

Physical Science

  • Sequences the complexity of atoms, elements, and compounds, and understands how the inter-relate to make all types of matter
  • Observes various properties of matter and how it may change states
  • Classifies various forms of energy and their transfer

Earth Science

  • Diagrams the following cycles: water, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide/oxygen
  • Assess the Earth’s weather through the analysis of the moment of air masses
  • Compares Earth with its moon, the sun, and the planets in our solar system

Life Science

  • Classifies living things
  • Understands the development of body systems from single cells
  • Investigates plant adaptations and processes
    Investigation and Experimentation
  • Asks meaningful questions and participates in investigations to develop further understanding of concepts

Social Studies (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)


  • Traces earliest migration of prehistoric tribes into North America and their adaptations to the environment
  • Identifies various explorers and their accomplishments
  • Studies: colonization, independence, government formation, western frontier expansion, and the division of the union
  • Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United states and understands the relationship between human survival and the land
  • Locates the 50 states and identifies their capitals


  • Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas
  • Studies the economies of the early colonies
  • Analyzes the British debt after the French and Indian War
  • Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States


  • Sees the USA as a pluralistic society
  • Role-plays life as an explorer
  • Role-plays life at the dawn of the Revolutionary War

Ethics and Beliefs

  • Distinguishes between Puritan, Quaker, and Native American belief systems
  • Contrasts the arguments for and against slavery in the United States

Social and Political Systems

  • Compares Native American and Colonial American cultures
  • Juxtaposes matriarchal and democratic forms of government

Computer (45 Minimum Weekly Minutes)

  • Uses formal typing skills to correctly format and type a paragraph
  • Continues to polish and enhance formal keyboarding skills using proper technique
  • Increases typing speed by 5 words per minute-timed typing tests
  • Introduction to bibliography, proper format, and using special keys and fonts
  • Learns correct computer terminology
  • Learns to use Excel-fitting data to cells and graphing
  • Cuts, copies, and pastes text
  • Discusses and understands computer etiquette and computer ethics

Physical Education (90 Minimum Weekly Minutes)

Exercise and Calisthenics and Sports Skills

  • Participates in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program
  • Plays agility games and relay races
  • Takes part in and learns the rules for: basketball, football, baseball, and volleyball
  • Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Improves ball skills
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition

Fine Arts (90 Minimum Weekly Minutes)


  • Uses various media including pencil, crayon, chalk History
  • Studies a variety of artists throughout history
  • Emulates simplified versions of various artists’ techniques
    Music Appreciation
  • Sings various songs
  • Studies basic note and key signatures

Educational Field Trips

Book List: A variety of books are available in the school library. You may print out a list of acceptable books from the school website:

Financial Aid Available

 St. Barbara School is dedicated to remaining affordable. As a tuition-based school, we are committed to helping families who have a desire to be part of the St. Barbara school community. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families through an application process and supported through the Orange Catholic Foundation.