Fifth grade science is divided into four different areas of concentration: Life, Earth, Physical, and Space and Technology. The content in each area builds on knowledge gained in the Fourth Grade. In every unit there are many opportunities to explore the science processes of observing, communicating, data collection, classifying, inferring, predicting, measuring, interpreting, and experimenting. The scientific method is used in classroom experiments as well as in the class contribution to the yearly school Science Fair. Science concepts and vocabulary are taught and used in content reading, classroom discussions, and written work. Field trips, art projects, and “folder studies” enhance the curriculum by providing unusual and exciting enrichment activities to the basic curriculum.
The Fifth Grade Social Studies curriculum includes history-social and political, geography, government, civics, and economics within the framework of American History. The scope includes the study of early settlers and the Land Bridge Theory through modern times. The Fifth Grade concentration is divided into themes that include Early Native people, Explorers, Colonization, Revolution, Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction. Students are exposed to modern history, the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries through reading, discussion, current events periodicals, and an excellent series of documentaries highlighting the main events of the last century. Local and state history is taught in an independent unit.
Students are involved in many hands-on projects including making memory strings and colonial toys, creating kachina dolls, building canoes and tepees, and participating in group projects. A field trip is taken yearly to one of the area’s many historical sites including Plimoth Plantation and Sturbridge Village.
The Fifth Grade Language Arts program includes spelling, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. A basal text is used for reading and comprehension and serves as a basis for weekly spelling and vocabulary lessons. The spelling component reinforces phonics and spelling patterns taught in earlier grades. In addition to the basal, students read trade books individually, in small groups, and as a whole class. Besides exposing children to good literature, both current and “classic”, reading and discussing together gives the opportunity to compare literature, hear other interpretations of the same book, and discuss author’s purpose and writing style which helps the student develop his/her own style.
Writing and grammar is a major focus in the Language Arts program. Grammar (parts of speech, parts of sentences, and mechanics) is taught in a traditional manner through explanation and practice, but in each area there are writing components that focus on the area taught. Because writing is a cumulative process, portfolios are kept from the earlier grades and are passed on throughout the school years. The fifth grade course of study works to enhance paragraph writing and extend it to longer pieces of literature both fiction and non-fiction. Writing is used across the curriculum in research projects, narrative writing, descriptive pieces, and creative works such as poetry and original stories. Interviews, book reports, both oral and written round out the program.
The Fifth Grade Math program begins with a review of skills previously learned and builds on them through the study of fractions, decimals, geometry, and probability and statistics. Word problems and critical thinking activities bring math into the “real world” and help children see how math is used daily in home and work areas. Manipulatives are used to introduce new concepts and give students a visual framework before they move on to more abstract areas. Daily lessons include a review of the previous day’s lesson, introduction to new material, group practice, individual practice, monitoring, and homework for more independent practice. Assessments are given frequently to determine the direction and speed of future lessons. Children are grouped in math fairly early in the year, but groups are not static, and students may move from group to group as the need arises. In some cases, new groups are formed during the year. Cumulative assessments are given often to insure previously learned skills are intact and review is done when necessary.
At All Saints Academy, we strive to create an atmosphere of Christian values and ideals. We teach students that their Religion is a way of living – a process of developing a lifelong relationship with God. This goal is achieved through many ways, one of which is our Religion textbook “We Believe”. In addition to the textbook, we begin our day with prayer. Students learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ, the seven sacraments, the Liturgical Year, Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum and Easter. Students learn that we are called to live as Jesus’ disciples.
The Grade 5 Religion Curriculum focuses on the seven sacraments. The year begins by understanding the meaning of grace. Students learn the meaning of a sacrament and know and understand each of the sacraments.
The students are taught to carry out Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy by reaching out to others in need through various service projects performed throughout the year. Projects include food drives to the Martin Luther King Center in Newport, Operation Rice Bowl, and other worthwhile works of charity.
The student body participates in liturgies each month throughout the year providing opportunities for the children to develop love and appreciation of the Mass. Each grade is responsible for the preparation and direct participation at the Liturgy through Scripture readings, altar servers, gift bearers, or choir members.
The Technology guidelines for Grade Five follow the Diocese of Providence’s mandated curriculum. The four main objectives of the technology program are Computer Literacy, Ethical Use of Technology, Impact of Technology on Society, and Using Technology for Research and Communications.
Students receive instruction in the lab once a week and also use desktop computers in the classroom. By the end of Grade Five it is expected that students will understand ethical and moral issues related to the responsible use of technology. The will be able to identify the basic parts of a computer, understand terms associated with computers such as RAM, ROM, program, software, operating system and application. Students will be able to use the keyboard effectively, add and delete files, use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs. They will be able to make graphs, tables, cut and paste phrases and pictures into a document, and effectively use tools such as spell checker.
The students will have knowledge of the Internet and be able to retrieve information from a website. They will be familiar with Internet related terms.
The main goal of the Spanish program in Grades 5 is continued Spanish vocabulary attainment. Students learn vocabulary according to themes and to start to communicate cooperatively and with the teacher. Students also start to learn about gender of nouns and adjectives, to comprehend and use common expressions and commands, and finally, to learn about the Hispanic culture. Students meet for one class period per week.
The Physical Education Program offers developmentally appropriate lessons for Grade 5. The main objectives of the program are to ensure that students: are active all the time, acquire sports skills, demonstrate Christian values, have fun, and most importantly are successful. Students meet on Fridays for one class period. Some of our most popular activities are Beach Ball Volleyball, Obstacle Course, Monkey on the Ground, Basketball, Street Hockey, and Strategy.
The goal of the music program at All Saints Academy is to promote an appreciation and understanding of music through listening, singing, movement and theory. The middle grades expand on the knowledge they have gained in the younger grades. Students in Grade 5 focus their studies on 3 composers – Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonin Dvorak and Guiseppe Verdi. They also continue working on notes and rests, as well as learning about dynamics and tempo.