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By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • develop an appreciation of the Church as a worshipping community
  • examine Christ's action among us in the Eucharistic Liturgy
  • examine Christ's action among us in the Sacraments of the Church
  • examine Christ's action among us in our celebration of the Liturgical seasons and in the lives of the saints
  • be guided to respond to God's presence in prayer and in loving service to others
Language Arts
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
In Reading: 
  • create generalizations and predict outcomes from story
  • ask questions, make connections, monitor and summarize while reading
  • identify cause and effect relationships
  • demonstrate sequencing skills
  • differentiate between main ideas and details
  • identify different genres of writing
  • participate in a dramatization
  • recognize story elements and identify character traits
In Writing: 
  • understand and apply five steps of writing process
  • organize information to convey a central idea using well-developed paragraphs that focus on a main idea and give relevant supporting details
  • write in a variety of forms (poems, stories, biographies) for different purposes
  • evaluate own work and respond to peer evaluation
  • present and evaluate oral presentations adjusting delivery for different audiences
  • use open-ended research questions, different sources of information, and appropriate research methods to gather information
In Grammar: 
  • use simple, complex, and compound sentences effectively
  • recognize and give examples of complete and simple subjects and predicates
  • identify parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, possessives
  • recognize past, present, and future tenses
  • use four types of sentences in writing (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory)
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of place values through billions
  • solve word problems using various strategies
  • use front-end and regular estimation to determine reasonable answer
  • use basic facts to solve complex, multiple-step problems with mixed operations
  • apply skills for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and mixed numbers
  • create and solve open-ended problems
  • add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals
  • draw a circle and its radius and diameter
  • recognize and draw rectangle, triangle, square, perpendicularlines, and parallel lines
  • draw and measure angles
  • graph ordered pairs on a grid
  • recognize, create, and use bar, pie and line graphs to read, chart, and analyze data
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
In Life Science:
  • classify all living and non-living things
  • describe the needs of plants and animals
  • compare animal cells and functions
  • explain photosynthesis
  • experience setting up an ecosystem
  • learn scientific names
  • name extinct and endangered species
In Earth Science:
  • use observation techniques, tables, models, graphs, and charts to communicate results
  • describe different kinds of energy
In Physical Science:
  • name and describe properties and states of matter
  • describe simple machines and their uses
  • describe devices that improve quality of life (inventions)
  • learn and apply knowledge of Periodic Table of Elements
Social Studies
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • list characteristics of the main North American Indian groups
  • identify early explorers who rediscovered, explored, and settled in North and South America
  • explain the relationship between geography and people to history
  • list people and events that led to the American Revolution
  • summarize the founding of the colonies by Europeans and unification during the search for independence
  • understand scale, symbols, latitude, and longitude on maps
  • use a grid system to locate places
  • locate North and South Pole, Equator, Prime Meridian on maps
  • compare and contrast information in graphs and tables
  • map routes of explorers and colonists
  • understand use of compasses
  • outline writing and messages of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution
Computer Technology
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • apply keyboarding skills to improve speed and accuracy
  • use a word processing application to create and format a document
  • create, modify, and interpret spreadsheet data
  • understand options for graph displays
  • recognize the need for protection of software and hardware from computer viruses and vandalism
  • create and modify a multimedia presentation citing sources of copyrighted materials
  • participate in core curriculum-based telecommunications projects as a class activity
  • evaluate information found via telecommunications for appropriateness, content, and usefulness
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • recognize simple harmonious progression
  • sing a varied repertoire of folk, art, and contemporary songs
  • compare and contrast the music and cultures of several time periods and regions of the world
  • use standard notation as a guide to singing and playing classroom instruments
Progressively from Grade 5 through Grade 8, students will:
  • expand the repertoire of 2-D and 3-D art processes, techniques, and materials with a focus on the range of effects possible within each medium, such as: 2-D transparent and opaque media, wet, dry, stippled, blended, wash effects, printmaking, etc.
  • create artwork that demonstrates an awareness of the range and purpose of such tools as pens, brushes, markers, etc.
  • use the appropriate vocabulary related to the methods, materials, and techniques students have learned and used previously
  • learn the elements and principles of design and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following skills:
    • for color: use and be able to identify hues, values, intermediate shades, tints, tones, colors, etc. and demonstrate awareness of color by painting objective studies from life and free-form abstractions that employ relative properties of color
    • for line: use and be able to identify various types of line, for example in contour drawings, calligraphy, freehand drawings, etc.
    • for texture: use and be able to differentiate between surface texture and the illusion of texture (visual texture)
    • for shape: form and pattern, use and be able to identify an expanding and increasingly sophisticated array of shapes and forms, such as organic, geometric, positive and negative, or varieties of symmetry
    • for space and composition: create unified 2-D and 3-D compositions that demonstrate an understanding of balance, repetition, scale, rhythm, harmony and emphasis
    • create 2-D and 3-D representational artwork from direct observation in order to develop skills of perception, discrimination, physical coordination, and memory of detail
    • create symbolic artwork by substituting symbols for objects, relationships or ideas
    • create artwork that employs use of free form from symbolic imagery that demonstrates personal invention, and/or conveys ideas and emotions (e.g. conflict/cooperation, happiness/grief, excitement/repose)
    • produce work that show understanding of the concept of craftsmanship
    • demonstrate ability to describe preliminary concepts verbally, to visualize concepts in clear schematic layouts, and to organize and complete projects
    • maintain a portfolio of sketches and finished work
    • create and prepare artwork for group or individual public exhibitions
    • demonstrate a fundamental awareness of architectural styles and the ways that these have influences painting and sculpture
Physical Education
By the end of Grade 5, students will:
  • explain the benefits of physical fitness to good health and increased active lifestyle
  • demonstrate expected grade-level proficiency in locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • learn rules, basic offensive and defensive skills of lead-up sport games and actual sport games
  • demonstrate an awareness of good sportsmanship and the need for fair play in games and activities
  • develop an awareness that inappropriate actions can result in harm to themselves or others