Fifth Grade

Art

Elements of design: Students learn to define design, shape, line, texture, shape, and color as they create art projects with knowledge of this art language.

Band

This is a daily year-long course that does not conflict with after-school activities. Students are encouraged to “Share their Gifts” by learning to play an instrument of their choice. Your child will also play percussion instruments from around the world and will listen to and analyze music of different styles and cultures. Students can choose from: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion. We believe that everyone can learn an instrument, and students do NOT have to have previous musical experience to be in this class. There are 2 evening concerts each year, a band competition at Six Flags, and many fun band activities throughout the year.

Bible

The fifth graders study an overview of the Old Testament. An in-depth study of Bible characters and the choices made by these people helps students with their own choices in life. Memory verses and Bible drills are typical of the students' weekly adventures.

Computer

Students have a semester long technology class that meets daily in 5th grade. They have keyboarding practice each day for the first 20 minutes of class. They will use typing programs to develop both their accuracy and speed. Initially, the focus is on accuracy. The goal by the end of the semester is to reach 15 WPM with 95% accuracy on their typing tests. Their project and class activities will be completed as they are introduced to the following programs:  Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Alice, Audacity and Windows Movie Maker. They will be introduced to the Wesleyan network while saving and retrieving information. Students are required to complete classroom projects, activities and quizzes that provide practice for the basic functions presented during class.


Chorus

The goals in middle school chorus are to develop the unique (sometimes changing) voice while making music to praise God. Other goals of the program are to develop musicianship through singing, sight-reading, theory practice, and listening to, analyzing and critiquing music. The choruses perform both on and off campus throughout the year.

Drama

Audition Skills/ Rehearsal Habits: Students learn how to prepare for an audition and what to expect during an audition. Students are also taught what is expected of them as actors. Theatre History: Through script writing, performance and other creative activities, students learn about the important events, plays and playwrights from the major periods of theatre history.

English

Fifth grade English includes instruction using an all-inclusive curriculum. Grammar, reading for comprehension, and writing skills for various types of writing are important elements. In conjunction with this curriculum, fifth grade adds four novels during the year to coincide with units in the textbook.

History

United States History

In 5th Grade United States History, students will study the foundation and development of our country. We will focus on the time periods from the Civil War through World War II. Students will also cover broad USA topics such as government, geography, and economic development. Through readings, activities, and projects, students will learn about important concepts, people, events, and places where major events took place. This class will also cover various current events as pertinent to our country today.

Mathematics


Standard Mathematics

Fifth grade math is designed to help students bridge from the concrete number-oriented mathematics in lower school to the abstract, symbol-centered math in middle school. A review of computational skills begins the year followed by topics including Problem Solving, Fractions, Decimals, Geometry, and Pre-Algebra. Students are given various opportunities to use and apply new concepts while developing their critical thinking skills. Fifth graders are expected to master the use of place value and all mathematical operations involving fractions and decimals.

Advanced Mathematics

Fifth Grade Advanced Math is also designed to help students bridge from the concrete number-oriented mathematics in lower school to the abstract, symbol-centered math in middle school. Some of the topics covered are: Problem Solving, Fractions, Decimals, Geometry, and Pre-Algebra. Enrichment labs and chapter projects offer the advanced student the opportunity to enrich the depth of their critical thinking skills, along with presenting even more opportunities to understand abstract concepts on a more concrete level. Relevant, real-life applications are a part of every lesson, designed to make learning fun and engaging while answering the question, “When am I ever going to use this?"
Departmental recommendation required.

 

Modern and Classical Languages

This introductory Middle School Spanish course for fifth grade students focuses on language development and on elements of Hispanic culture. Students will learn how to carry on basic conversations in Spanish and will be exposed to artistic, cultural, and historical elements from various Spanish-speaking countries.

Physical Education

The fifth grade is a transition year that allows students to progress from learning fundamental skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, striking, running, and jumping to applying these skills in the sports arena. All fifth graders participate in the following activities throughout the year; flag football, volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, badminton, team handball, swimming, fitness testing, strength training, pickleball, jump rope, soccer, track & field, pillow Polo, tennis.

Science

The goal of fifth grade General Science is to provide an opportunity for students to observe the world around them through the study of simple living things, light and vision, matter, sound and hearing, basic chemistry, ecology and changing ecosystems.