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Fifth Grade

Welcome to Fifth Grade

In fifth grade, students increasingly take responsibility for their learning and begin to develop individual study habits. Teachers consistently ask questions to encourage higher level thinking as students explore God’s truth in every academic discipline. Exploring the United States through history and literature, fifth graders identify God’s providence in the nation’s founding. In addition, students engage in numerous learning opportunities, such as lab dissections and productions at the local theater.  While teachers strive for excellence in all disciplines, the primary goal is to help prepare Unity students to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

In the fifth grade, students will study God’s good plan, God’s special people, God’s chosen kings, and God’s brave messengers. The curriculum also focuses on Jesus’ birth, His ministry, His death, His resurrection, and His ascension. By the end of the year, students will be able to recall twenty foundational biblical truths.

The McGraw Hill: My Math curriculum presents math concepts in small increments. These increments are distributed throughout the year, building in level of difficulty, so that students have a richer understanding at the end of the year. Units of study include the following: numbers and operations; measurement; geometry; algebra; statistics, data analysis, and probability; problem solving strategies, mathematical reasoning; and communication. 

The language arts curriculum focuses on the mastery of spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, sentence editing, and comprehension skills. Dictionary skills, syllabication, and parts of speech are included. The goal is to assimilate these entities into everyday usage. Students receive instruction in parts of speech, sentence and paragraph structure, composition, grammar, mechanics, referencing, literature, and thinking, listening, and speaking skills. As a fifth grader, students concentrate on writing personal narratives, fiction, non-fiction, expository, descriptive, persuasive, comparing and contrasting, as well as daily journaling. The spelling program incorporates Greek and Latin roots and affixes in order to develop the skills needed to decipher unknown words in multiple content areas.

The reading curriculum consists of demonstrating knowledge and comprehension of books through vocabulary, learning literal and inferential meaning through discussions, studies, and context clues. Students also show biblical integration by relating historical fiction with real life situations and complete projects to show in-depth understanding. Through examination and journaling about characters in the novels, students will compare and contrast traits and personal values. Beginning assignments teach fact and opinion, inference skills, analogies, and comprehension. Students are able to define literary terms, as well as provide examples of the terms within a text. 

The Christian School International Science curriculum integrates science concepts throughout the day in learning centers, whole group experiments, and special units. Teachers employ methods that focus primarily on investigation, observation, and experimentation, which include a hands-on science lab. Topics include the following: Scientific Investigation, Investigating Endocrine and Reproductive Systems, Investigating Nutrition, Investigating Cells, Investigating Agriculture and Forestry, Investigating Motion and Forces, Investigating Space, and Investigating Things that Move.

The fifth grade social studies curriculum focuses on the early history of the United States. The units of study will include American exploration, settlement, growth and expansion, independence, and the principals upon which the United States government was founded. Each day, students will see God’s providence, provision, and grace for His people.

The course operates through a series of thirty-two history cards, with one card being studied each week. These cards feature important people, events, and concepts of the early church.

In addition, classes will concentrate on world geography, culture, and religion as a necessary means to understand the importance of global evangelism. Students will develop an understanding of different people groups and the progress of the gospel throughout the world. Each week, students will study a new country. They will not only be able to locate the country on a map but also be knowledgeable of the country’s culture and government, as well as the status of the evangelical Christian church within that country.


Mrs. Neely Whiteside
Mrs. Dara Meyers (picture coming soon)