5th Grade Curriculum


Enduring Understandings
Essential Questions
Sample Instructional Activities/Assessments
The Bible uses many genre to communicate God’s story.
The Bible is both our story and that of ancient people.
Jesus fulfills Scripture, and is our purpose for living, too.
How do the various genre communicate God’s story?
How is the Bible our story today?
How does Jesus fulfill all Scripture and give us purpose?
Take-home tests; story maps
Classroom discussions, Bible activities
Memory Work: Psalm 8, Isaiah 53:1-7, John 1:1-14, Matthew 5:1-12, I Corinthians 13, and other passages
Read for fluency and understanding.
Study plot, rising and falling action, climax, character, protagonist, antagonist, metaphor, simile, and setting.
Study examples of fiction and nonfiction.
How do plot, character, setting complement one another?
How do authors use literary techniques to enrich content?
Why did Jesus call himself The Word?   What can that mean for us?
Theme studies: Animals and People, Pioneers and Native Americans, School and Growing Up
Application of fiction components, metaphor and simile.
Tic tac toe--independent reading of genre-novels
English uses common vowel sounds, blends, patterns.
Spelling often involves common endings and beginnings.
Why, how do English vowels differ from other languages?
How do vowels combine into blends and other patterns to make common sounds and spellings?
Weekly pretests, practice tests, and post-tests
Weekly lessons to practice vocabulary/spelling lists
Practice pronouncing/defining vocabulary/spelling words
Identify and write varied sentences; differentiate between adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases.
Use possessive nouns, pronouns; review parts of speech.
How do modifiers differ? When do you use possessives?
How can you construct effective phrases and sentences?
Why is knowing correct grammar important?
Daily grammar mini-lessons, journal writing, and sentence surgery; diagramming, paragraph crafting
Unit pretests and post-tests; semester cumulative tests
Apply the writing process: prewriting, first draft, revise, proofread, and publish.
Practice writing a personal narrative, comparison and contrast, story, and research report.
Why is clear writing essential to communicating?
How should different writing styles match different types of writings?
Personal narrative, comparison and contrast, story
Research report:: prewriting, note cards, draft, revise-proofread, publish
Master the use of whole numbers (+, -, x, ÷).
Learn the relationship of decimals to fractions, and apply both.
Introduce geometry concepts and practices.
How do we understand and use whole numbers, decimals and fractions, and geometry concepts?
How does math demonstrate both wonder and order in God’s world?
Daily lessons
Math activities and worksheets
Unit tests
Learn how and why we study Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity.
How do we understand Physical Science: structures; matter; motion, force, and work; and electricity?
How do we acknowledge their Designer and Sustainer?
Laboratory experiments
Unit tests
Social Studies
Study the history of the Old World from Ancient Mesopo-tamia through the exploration of North America.
Know why history is His story and how it is ours, too.
Why should we New World dwellers study the Old World?
How do we understand the story of the Old World?
Where do we see God’s hand directing history?
RAFTS, newspapers, games
Quizzes and unit tests
Christian Conduct
Jesus calls us to practice our faith with deeds of service.
Growing a vibrantly Christian learning community involves helping, encouraging, and praying with one another. 
How do we practice learning and living as Jesus’ school?
How should we spend time, money, and effort to serve one another and others in our community and world?
Recycle paper and commingled plastics, jars, and cans
Participate in chapel and assist with classroom devotions
Annual local service projects such as raking in a cemetery, fundraiser for Hope International.

*In combination classes, Bible curriculum, Reading novels, Social Studies and Science units, and other activities that are not reflected on this Grade-Level Subject Summary Map may be replaced by or conjoined with that of an adjacent grade-level.