5th Grade


  • Christ Our Life: (We Worship) – Loyola Press

    • We Worship God as Catholic Christians
    • We Celebrate the Eucharist
    • We Celebrate God’s Healing Love
    • We Follow Special Ways to Holiness
    • We Worship God by Living in Love
  • Powerpoint- google slides -group projects
  • Journeys – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  ELA/Literacy program aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards

    • Meet the Challenge
    • Wild Encounters
    • Revolution
    • The Power of Storytelling
    • Under Western Skies
    • Reading Adventures
  • Vocabulary (Membean for advanced students)
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Program
  • Leveled readers/comprehension questions (small groups)
  • Write in Reader (struggling students)
  • Close Reader (small groups)
  • Accelerated Reader Program — Personalized goals for independent reading practice
  • Writing strategies – Google Docs/Google Classroom
    • Personal narrative
    • Persuasive
    • Narrative
    • Free writing throughout the year
  • ELA Apps:  Spelling City,  Freckle, Read Theory
  • My Math – McGraw-Hill  Math program aligned to Common Core Math Standards

    • Place Value
    • Multiply Whole Numbers
    • Divide by a One-Digit Divisor
    • Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor
    • Add and Subtract Decimals
    • Multiply and Divide Decimals
    • Expressions and Patterns
    • Fractions and Decimals
    • Add and Subtract Fractions
    • Multiply and Divide Fractions
    • Measurement
    • Geometry
  • Math apps:  Freckle, Sum Dog
  • History – Social Science – Houghton Mifflin

    • Our Land and First People
    • Exploration and Settlement
    • The English Colonies
    • The American Revolution
    • The New Nation
    • The Question of Equality
    • Linking to Today
  • Powerpoint – google slides – group projects



Students in fifth grade develop an understanding of key concepts through hands-on lab experiences to help them make sense of the world around them. The NGSS performance expectations in fifth grade science blend the core ideas with scientific and engineering practices as well as crosscutting concepts to support students in developing usable knowledge to explain real-world phenomena in scientific terms. In the fifth grade performance expectations, students are expected to demonstrate grade-appropriate proficiency in asking questions and defining problems; developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

There are nine science disciplinary core ideas in 5th-grade science:

  • Matter and its Interactions
  • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • Energy
  • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Earth and Human Activity
  • Engineering Design


  • Plein Air Painting (lecture, demonstration, Art Museum, paint out) – (Art)
  • Apple Store (Robotics) – (Technology)
  • Legoland (Energy lab) – (Math/Science)
  • Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education – (Science)
  • Class Retreat (Religion)
  • Museum on Wheels (Social Studies)
  • Pilgrim/Ocean Institute (switch every other year) – (Social Studies/Science)
  • Class Act to Segerstrom (Music)
  • Social skills
  • Team building skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Health
  • Sports
  • Skills
  • Dance
  • PAL League: volleyball, basketball
  • Identify and describe the principles of design in visual compositions, emphasizing unity and harmony.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of representational, abstract, and nonrepresentational works of art.
  • Use one-point perspective to create the illusion of space.
  • Create gesture and contour observational drawings
  • Assemble found object sculpture with balance and harmony.
  • Sculpture:  clay assemblage and mixed media
  • Some projects include:  self portrait of oneself using Ebony pencils and value, bean turkey with found nature objects, origami book angel, clay face jug – African memory vessels, abstraction of a detailed study of ones own shoe – 1 point perspective lesson in signage and objects.
  • Listen to, analyze, and describe music from various genres and cultures.
  • Apply vocal and instrumental skills.
  • Read rhythms and notes.
  • Understand historical contributions and dimensions of music.

Hola! McGraw Hill

  • Greetings
  • Numbers 0 through 1,000
  • Interrogative words
  • How to answer a yes / no question
  • Definite and Indefinite articles
  • Adjective noun agreement
  • Singular subject pronouns
  • Conjugation of AR verbs
  • Expressing physical characteristics and time with the verb SER
  • Expressing emotions and locations with the verb ESTAR
  • Expressing going places with the verb IR
  • The 4 seasons of the year
  • Weather expressions
  • Expressions with GUSTAR
  • Expressions with GUSTAR + the infinitive of a verb
  • Expressions with the verb TENER
  • Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship — Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Copyright, Social Networking
  • Keyboarding
  • Multimedia presentations – google slides
  • Create tables and chart with collected data from a survey
  • Posters using technology