St. Paul's 5th Grade

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Grade Highlights

Fifth Grade
Extensive integrated thematic units on Community Government & Economics and American Presidents
A vocabulary enrichment challenge program, Wordmasters
Full-day of practicing community government at "Exchange City"
Lower School English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The foundations of the lower school language arts essential learning goals are reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and spelling. These components are integrated into all core subjects. Students are taught to develop and utilize multiple strategies in understanding quality fiction and nonfiction texts. The writing process is stressed throughout lower school and practiced daily across the curriculum. Writing opportunities include: paragraphs, journals, poetry, creative writing and research reports. In each grade level language arts is taught in a variety of ways such as small guided reading groups and whole class instruction.
  • Determine a theme of a story from details in the text, including how characters in a story respond to challenges.
  • Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
  • Utilize reading strategies to aid comprehension, including asking questions, making predictions, making connections, inferring, picking out what is important, and organizing information.
  • Write narratives using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing.
  • Conduct research projects that use several sources to build knowledge and write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas clearly.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners building on others' ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Math Overview
The foundations of the lower school math program are problem solving, concept application, and using multiple ways to solve problems. Math concepts are presented in our essential learning goals in a progression from concrete to abstract. Teachers use multiple methods of instruction to appeal to every learning style. Each student may require different methods to practice and master math skills in order to reach his or her highest mathematical abilities.
  • Write and interpret numerical expressions understanding patterns and relationships.
  • Understand the place value system in real-world problem solving.
  • Perform operations with multi-digit integers and decimals.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of fractions focusing on multiplying and dividing fractions and using equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions.
  • Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problem.
  • Understand the use of percents and proportions in our society and develop an understanding of statistical variations.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Social Studies Overview
The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people understand the importance of making informed decisions for the public good. Students begin to recognize themselves as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society.

The Lower School Essential Learning Goals focus on 7 Themes including Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, History, Global Connections and Tools of Inquiry. These themes provide a foundation for engaged citizenship and an awareness of the world around them.
  • Use geography to interpret the past, explain the present, and plan for the future
  • Understand that cultures are dynamic and change over time, and identify elements of culture across time and place
  • Apply the following economic concepts in a collaborative and real-life setting: scarcity, supply and demand, specialization of regions, nations and individuals, trade-offs, income, wealth, and sources of wealth
  • Investigate the causes and consequences of various historical events in U.S. history including the American Revolution, the founding of the United States government, and the Civil War
  • Analyze important historical government documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
  • Recognize significant events in U.S. history that have shaped our world today
  • Research a topic using a variety of texts and online resources and present information clearly and in a variety of ways
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Science Overview
The primary purpose of science is to help young people apply skills that promote developing questions, making observations and measurements, and communicating their findings with others. Students begin to recognize themselves as scientists who can solve problems and make connections in the world around them.

Lower School Essential Learning Goals are broken into four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design. These domains provide a foundation for students to actively engage in methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Identify the cell as the basic unit of all things and is crucial to the progression of development
  • Describe the human body system and the functions for health and wellness
  • Recognize the needs for plant reproduction and survival
  • Distinguish between patterns of the sun, moon, and stars within the solar system
  • Classify organisms and their unique characteristics
  • Actively engage in the eight science and engineering practices throughout all units of study
Essential Learning Goals
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