Fifth grade....what a terrific year! It is challenging to translate the sense of energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, and sincerity that fills our classroom into words: here is a noble attempt!
Throughout the year, we learn to recognize in one another the beauty of Christ's unwavering love for us. Cultivating our understanding of what it means to be followers of Christ, and how we are called to actually live our faith, is infused into our classroom atmosphere. Fifth grade is a prime time to explore and appreciate the concepts of service (both locally and globally), stewardship, and mission.
Fifth graders have the opportunity to more fully develop interpersonal skills as they work in small groups on a wide variety of academic projects. They often discover some hidden talents and interests as they delve into new areas of study and are challenged to broaden their horizons! They students also develop more confidence in their own abilities as they work independently. The Omaha Archdiocesan standards guide each core area. I am glad you've taken the opportunity to learn a bit more about St. Mary's School, and fifth grade in particular! Here is a brief rundown of the main concepts in each core subject. I encourage you to contact the school if you are seeking more detailed information about our curriculum.
The mission of Religious Education within the Archdiocese of Omaha is to teach students the truths of their Catholic faith and provide opportunities to encounter Jesus, so they may become merciful missionary disciples building up one church (PK-8 Standards Document/Archdiocese of Omaha). The four primary areas of focus are: Profession of Faith (Creed, Trinity, Beatitudes), Celebration of the Christian Mystery (Liturgy and Sacraments), Life in Christ (how do we apply Christ's teachings?), and Christian Prayer (with a focus on building a strong personal relationship with the Lord).
Application of math skills from previous grades is critical. Areas of study include: computation and estimation; measurement; geometry and spacial concepts; data analysis; probability and statistical concepts; and algebraic concepts.
Fifth grade reading involves applying skills and strategies across genres and the development of fluency, powerful vocabulary, and deeper comprehension. Students develop skills using the writing process for a variety of purposes and audiences. Application of writing conventions is stressed. Speaking and listening skills in independent and group settings are practiced, as is digital literacy and citizenship. Fifth graders also hone their abilities to identify and use parts of speech correctly.
At this age, students begin to wonder about the world, learn to think like scientists, use tools and equipment in the STEM and STEAM labs carefully and correctly, and explore a variety of topics in Earth, Life, and Physical Science. Application of the Engineering and Design process is also taught. We stress the importance of investigating the impact humans have on the environment and how we can be better stewards of the earth. We will do as much hands-on learning as possible.
American History is the main topic of fifth grade Social Studies, with a focus on developing the ability to view events from multiple perspectives. Students will learn about US citizenship and government, economics, and our relationship with the global community. Historical analysis and attention to primary and secondary sources, as well as map and globe skills with a deeper understanding of timelines in regards to both past and present events will also be studied.
Technology will be incorporated into lessons and assignments across the curriculum, giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in exploring how to effectively use technology as they learn.
- Mrs. Menzel, 5th Grade Teacher