Regional School District

Grade Five Curriculum

Grade Five Curriculum

English language Arts

Language, Reading and Literature, Composition, Media

  • Gathering information for projects
  • Giving oral presentations
  • The meanings of Greek and Latin roots and suffixes and prefixes
  • Using a dictionary and thesaurus
  • New vocabulary (from other languages, synonyms, antonyms, and multiple meanings)
  • Nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and prepositions
  • Compound and complex sentences while applying correct mechanics and punctuation
  • Characteristics of various genre (traditional literature, historical novels, informational text and short stories)
  • Theme, characters, setting, plot and conflict in stories
  • The features of non-fiction (headings, key words, glossary, table of contents etc.)
  • Comprehending text using a variety of skills and strategies (sequential order, summarizing, clarifying, predicting, cause and effect, main idea and details, comparing and contrasting)
  • Aspects of poetry (use of rhyme, figurative language; metaphor, simile, alliteration, etc)
  • Writing stories, poems, reports, formal letters and directions to understand the author’s purpose in the use of formal language
  • The components of the composition writing process: organization, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
  • Researching to report information

History and Social Science

History, Geography, Civics and Government Economics

  • World geography and map skills
  • Early civilization and exploration
  • American History with a detailed focus on the British, Colonists and Native Americans
  • United States government
  • Westward expansion
  • Key issues leading to the Civil War

Science and Technology Engineering

Characteristics of living things (plants and animals)

  • Properties of rocks, minerals and soil
  • Aspects of weather: instruments, data collection, forecasts, etc.
  • Solar System
  • Water Cycle
  • Characteristics and adaptation of plants and animals


Number Sense, Patterns and Relations, Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability

  • Place value through million and thousandths
  • Whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, percentages and decimals
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Prime numbers, composite numbers and positive integers
  • Common factors, common multiples and divisibility rules
  • Estimation
  • Analyzing and determining rules for extending patterns
  • Math relationships by interpreting models, tables, graphs, symbols etc.
  • Various geometric shapes
  • Multi-dimensional shapes and their properties
  • Symmetry, intersecting, parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Locating, labeling, graphing points on a grid using ordered pairs
  • Various tools of measurement to perform customary and metric measurement
  • Measuring area, perimeter and volume
  • Measuring angles, triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Using data to find mean, median, mode maximum, minimum and range
  • Predicting probability of outcomes like in a coin toss

Physical Education/Health and Wellness

Students practice basic skills required for participation in a variety of lead-up games and sports. In addition, physical fitness, good sportsmanship, and proper social interactions are emphasized.


All students will learn octaves, time signatures, vocal parts: bass, alto, tenor, and soprano. Students will be introduced to cultural songs from Europe , Mexico , and Canada while learning how to play the recorder.


Students should have sufficient knowledge of art vocabulary and an understanding of the safe use of materials. They will have knowledge of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, form pattern, symmetry, and composition. They can copy objects semi-realistically. They will explain the process and selection of their work for an exhibit.


Students learn to choose the best source to gain information, expanding knowledge of all types of genre. Students will learn to use graphs, tables, charts, globes ands maps. They use the internet to gain information.