Learner Objectives for Fifth Grade

In the following academic areas, successful fifth-grade students will be able to:

Religion

Based on the new CPH Curriculum Voyages, students:

  • Appreciate the use of the Bible and how it applies to our lives
  • Learn about Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • Review and learn new stories about Old Testament history and people of faith, including Moses and Joshua, the judges, and the kings of Israel
  • Increase knowledge of the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus
  • Memory includes parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, Bible passages, Hymn of the Month

Reading

Based on McGraw-Hill basal text and age-appropriate novels

  • Understand a variety of literature forms, both fiction and non-fiction, including short stories, novels, letters, directions, and reference materials
  • Improve reading skills including comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, phonics, and spelling
  • Set and achieve personal reading goals using the Accelerated Reader program

Language Arts

  • Grammar skills include understanding the eight parts of speech and using this to improve writing
  • Usage skills include correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and the correct use of topic sentences and paragraph form
  • Writing skills include personal narratives, instruction, letters, description, persuasive writing, short stories, and research reports

Math

  • Review of whole number addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Collecting, organizing, and using data
  • Decimal and fraction operations
  • Numeration including prime and composite numbers, factoring, and divisibility
  • Geometry skills using polygons, circles, geometric solids, area, and volume
  • Measurement (standard and metric) and estimation skills
  • Ratios, probability, and percent
  • Problem solving skills

Music

  • Development of the voice as the student’s primary instrument
  • Exposure to both sacred and secular songs
  • Beginning band instruction for all students

Social Studies

  • Review geography of the United States and integrate this in the study of U.S. history
  • Study the major themes of U.S. history including early civilization, exploration, colonization, revolution, expansion, civil war and reconstruction, industrialization, and development as a world power. Depression and world wars
  • Discuss current events using news magazines
  • Learn about individual contributions to U.S. history

Art

  • Continue to explore the elements and principals of design
  • Explore how other artists use these elements in their work
  • Use creative thinking and observation skills
  • Continue to develop confidence in their skills

Computers and Technology

  • Increase skills in keyboarding, window-based operations, and computer terminology
  • Internet use as a research tool
  • Using Hyperstudio as a presentation program
  • Introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, and graphing applications to produce a printed product

Physical Education

Skills: Catching, throwing, agility, hand/eye foot/eye coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular and physical fitness, teamwork, coordinating movements, proper form and use of equipment, conduct and sportsmanship, proper attitude and social skills towards others.

Activities: Speedball, soccer, flag football, earthball, hockey, volleyball, tumbling and gymnastics, station workout, basketball, badminton, horseshoes, frisbee, softball, dodgeball, relay races and calisthenics.

Science

  • Field trips to Shedd Aquarium, Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, and outdoor learning centers to enhance environmental studies
  • Our own prairie is incorporated in the science curriculum
  • Life Sciences: plants, populations, and ecosystems
  • Physical Sciences: energy, work, and machines; light and sound
  • Earth Sciences: Solar system, stars and galaxies, the space program; rocks, minerals, and fossils
  • Human Body: skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems
  • D.A.R.E. program emphasizes the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

How can I help my child succeed in school?

  • Pray with and for your child on a daily basis
  • Attend worship services regularly
  • Encourage your child to attend school every day
  • Show real interest in your child’s assignments and homework
  • Be available to assist your child with homework
  • Be positive and realistic about your child’s ability level
  • When your child is absent, be sure to inform the school and check to obtain missed work
  • Talk with your child about his/her learning experiences in school
  • Encourage your child to ask questions
  • Challenge your child in his/her areas of strength and provide support in areas of weakness
  • Communicate often with your child’s teacher — ask how you can help at home
  • Encourage your child to value education and learning by stressing the importance of quality education
  • Help your child be prepared each day to do his/her very best
  • Become actively involved in your child’s education by attending school functions, open houses and parent teacher conference

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