Fifth Grade


Fifth grade students can be characterized as social, self-expressive, and verbal. Their ability to think abstractly, recall facts, and concentrate for longer periods of time is increasing. Their responsibilities and independence are growing. They demonstrate this growth through a variety of learning opportunities such as working collaboratively in groups. Our fifth grade students continue to draw on their organization skills as they change classes throughout the day. 

St. Mary’s has three fifth grade classrooms each with a preferred maximum of 20 students. In addition to the subjects described below, our students have weekly specials classes including art, computer/technology, library/media center, music, PE, and Spanish. Students also have a daily flex period where they can work with enrichment resources in areas such as math or vocabulary, read, do homework, or receive extra help in a subject area.

Below is a brief highlight of our fifth grade curriculum. Instruction will be individualized based on students' academic levels and learning styles. This is achieved through engaging activities, manipulatives, and technology resources in areas such as math, reading, science, and Spanish. For complete curriculum standards, please visit the Diocese of Savannah Catholic Schools Curriculum.

MATH – Students expand their knowledge of concepts related to place value to include decimals. They explore the physical and visual relationships between fractions and decimals. Computation skills in all math operations are a focus in these units. Access to virtual and hands-on manipulatives provides opportunities for students to develop relationships between geometry and measurement.

LANGUAGE ARTS/LITERATURE – In addition to refining reading skills, knowledge areas include comprehension, inferences, fluency, and author’s purpose. Students are further introduced to literature and its components by reading quarterly novels and are assigned a project to show understanding of literary elements.

LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING – Writing skills are refined including voice, ideas, word choice, sentence fluency, organization, conventions, and presentation.

LANGUAGE ARTS/ENGLISH – English includes grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Grammar emphasis is placed on mechanics and usage areas including sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation. In vocabulary, students increase their appreciation of words and mastering parts of speech.

RELIGION – Students focus on meeting Jesus in the Sacraments, the Liturgical seasons, Holy Days of Obligation, and the order and parts of the Mass. Students also discuss how Jesus shares his life with us and how we can love and serve as Jesus did. Students learn how to identify Works of Mercy as either Spiritual or Corporal. Students may also train to become altar servers.

SCIENCE – Like scientists, students plan scientific investigations, use science process skills, utilize numbers and the metric system, and learn scientific writing skills. Studies focus on life science, earth science, and physical science. Students explore course content by conducting investigations, reading, writing, and discussing class materials. Science field trips, virtual experiments, and guest speakers help students master their course science objectives.

SOCIAL STUDIES – The curriculum includes United States history from the Civil War to 1975. Topics include Reconstruction, World War I, World War II, The Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement. Students learn about the Constitution and its meaning to them as citizens. Students also explore the United States' involvement in world affairs, continue to build on their map skills, and learn how to create and maintain a personal budget.