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- Grade 5

Religion Curriculum


In Fifth Grade, students will continue to deepen their relationship with God and the Church.  They will be learning about Jesus Christ and His mission while studying the origins and celebrations of the seven sacraments. Throughout the year, our religious program will study the lives of the Saints, the Ten Commandments, and different forms of prayer.  Children will participate in monthly Mass celebrations and Eucharistic Adoration. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role in service to the Church, by participating in altar serving, and joining the youth choir and youth group.  Our curriculum follows the Diocese of Metuchen's guidelines, which are aligned with the National Benchmarks and Standards. Religion is incorporated into every aspect of our school life.



Language Arts Curriculum



The Fifth Grade Language Arts program continues to focus on the independent reader, both in complex literature and informational text.  As established by the New Jersey State Education Standards, along with research and reflection, students will analyze structure of texts, figurative meanings, and word choices in relation to the author’s purpose.  Students will compare and contrast texts of similar topics to build knowledge and to understand an author’s purpose. Students will use diverse media to evaluate valid and substantial information to be presented visually and orally. Working within the guidelines of the writing process of planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing, students will learn to expand a written approach. Implementing grammar mechanics will also show the student the importance of a quality written product.



Math Curriculum


In Fifth Grade, Math instruction will focus on the following critical areas: developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, the multiplication and division of fractions; extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system, operations with decimals to hundredths, and whole numbers and decimal operations; and volume.  Students will use a variety of activities to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.  Students will use their knowledge of place value to perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.    Students will convert like measurements within given measurement systems, represent and interpret data, and understand concepts of volume. 



Science Curriculum


The Fifth Grade Science program is based on the guidelines established by the Next Generation Science Standards.  Students at this level will study Earth, Life, and Physical Science.  Earth Science will elaborate Earth’s place in the Universe, and its systems in relation to human activity.  As part of Life Science, students develop an understanding of the interactions, energy and dynamics of plant and animal life in the ecosystems.  Students will use a hands-on approach to learn about energy, matter, motion and stability, forces and interactions during the Physical Science program.  Children will further explore the organizing concepts of these core disciplines.



Social Studies Curriculum


In Fifth Grade, the students will focus on U.S. History.  They will learn about government structures and citizenship.  They will learn the fundamental principles of the United States as it pertains to the growth of a nation. They will learn about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Students will also study those individuals who had an impact on our American History. Research and varied activities will give the students an understanding and appreciation of how our history has influenced others around the world.