Fifth Grade Curriculum

Philosophy Statement: Development of a biblical worldview based on God’s Holy Word is the foundation to living the Christian life. Immersing students in Scripture content begins at an early age through grade level Bible curriculum and biblical integration in every core curriculum. Study of God’s Word leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guiding students in the development of godly inner character, and the pursuit of a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs are met as they commit Scripture to memory, lead an active prayer life, and daily apply biblical truths.

Course Objective: The students will survey the Bible, conduct an in-depth, personalized study of selected biblical passages, and participate in activities to help them apply the Scriptures to important issues faced by fifth grade students. The materials are designed to capture the students’ interest and encourage them to think and become more Christ-like. The focus is on personal Bible study and the understanding of principles which can guide all of life’s decisions.

• Holy Bible (NIV)

• Positive Action Bible Curriculum
• Student Workbook
• Praise and worship music

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Pentateuch
• History
• Wisdom and poetry
• Major prophets
• Minor prophets

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, workbook pages, memory verses and quizzes.

Additional Activities:
• Chapel (once a week)
• Drama
• Creative writing
• Singing
• Sharing
• Prayer time

Philosophy Statement: The language arts are based on the knowledge that God is a communicating God. He desires for us to understand and obey his spoken and written Word. He has given us the ability to communicate with each other. We desire to develop this gift to become effective communicators by a strong emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: The goal of our language arts program is the development of both the attitudes and skills necessary for the student to be an effective reader and writer. A balanced program will be used that emphasizes writing, spelling, grammar, usage, listening, speaking, and reading different genres of literature. The student will work to become a more sophisticated and independent reader and writer. These strong foundational skills will allow the student to critically evaluate written material from the Christian perspective.

• Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Language Arts
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Wordly Wise 3000, Level 5
• Open Court Classics
• Student Dictionary
• Student Thesaurus
• Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
• Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
• Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
• The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman
• Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
• The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

• Student workbooks
• Various novel studies
• Various teacher resource materials

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Literature
• Writing
• Grammar

Philosophy Statement: Mathematical truths demonstrate the orderliness, precision, and consistency of God; because man’s creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding; and because the understanding of mathematical concepts adds to our understanding of expressions in other areas of life.

Course Objective: The students will realize God’s orderliness and learn to refine their problem solving skills. They will also learn to increase accuracy in computation and demonstrate competency in various mathematical topics.

• Saxon Math Course 1
• Holy Bible (NIV)

• Student Power Up workbook
• Practice and enrichment worksheets
• Fact review
• Manipulative materials

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Place Value, Adding, and Subtracting
• Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals
• Introduction to Algebra
• Dividing with One-Digit Divisors
• Dividing with Two-Digit Divisors
• Data, Graphs, and Probability
• Fraction Concepts
• Fractions Operations
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Measuring Solids
• Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
• Algebra: Integers, Equations, and Graphing

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, homework assignments, tests and quizzes.

Philosophy Statement: The natural world was created by the word of God and reveals facets of the character and nature of God. Science is taught through problem solving, hands-on experiments, observation and conclusions. Science education should provide students with an understanding of the created world, creating a sense of awe and wonder concerning the creative God. Foundations of science understanding can be used for further study and academic preparation to equip students to compassionately care for people and wisely steward creation.

Course Objective: The goal of our science program is to continue the development of scientific knowledge so that the student can grow in his/her understanding of the universe with God as its creator. Instruction includes hands-on experiences, observations, labs, and book learning to provide a variety of avenues to process and organize knowledge.

• Scotts Foresman Teacher Handbook, Grade 5
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Scott Foresman Science
• Changes Teacher Handbook, Grade 5

• Student textbook
• Student workbook
• Hands-on materials
• Various teacher resource materials
• Science journal

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Life Science
• Physical Science
• Earth and Space Science
• Inquiry

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, unit tests, projects, quizzes, and labs.

Additional Activities:
A variety of other activities are included.

Philosophy Statement: By looking at the themes of social studies (commonality and diversity, conflict and cooperation, continuity and change, individualism and interdependence, interaction with environment) we can see that God has a plan he is carrying to completion; history records the progress of that plan. Through studying history and geography, students can better understand the world and become active citizens.

Course Objective: Our students need to learn about themselves, their community, their country, and their world from a Christian perspective in order to become the people God would have them be. The study of World and American History gives the children an appreciation for and understanding of his/her heritage, country and world.

• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade 5
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• History and Geography, Pearson Learning
• Our Country’s Regions, McGraw Hill

• History and Geography, Core Knowledge Student Books
• Various teacher books, library books, and materials
• Overhead transparencies
• Core Knowledge instructional masters
• World and U.S. maps

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• World Lakes
• Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations
• The Renaissance and The Reformation
• England from Golden Age to Glorious Revolution
• Age of Exploration
• Early Russia
• Feudal Japan
• U.S. Westward Expansion
• U.S. Civil War
• Native Americans
• U.S. Geography
• Oklahoma

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, rubrics, quizzes, tests, various activities and projects.

Additional Activities:
Night to Remember