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Grade Five

Students in Grade Five receive instruction in religion, integrated language arts and reading, math, science and social studies. The following are the summaries of the curriculum covered in each of these subject areas.


Text – We Believe We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments (5). Sadlier, 2015.

Students will participate in daily prayer and reflection. They will study Jesus’ mission, the New Testament, the liturgical year, church tradition, the Mass, the seven sacraments, and feast days which honor Our Blessed Mother and saints. Classroom activities will help to reflect Jesus’ mission and promote positive spiritual, social and emotional growth for our students. Community service involvement at local, national and international levels will be emphasized.

English Language Arts

 Text – Voyages in English. Loyola Press, 2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Text – Storytown. Harcourt School Publishers, 2009.

English Language Arts is the integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  In Reading students will have the opportunity to choose their own reading materials, with the guidance of the teacher and librarian, and use the Storytown Series.  They will focus on text complexity and growth of Comprehension.  In Writing the focus will be on text types, responding to reading, and research.  Speaking and Listening will focus on communication and collaboration.  The focus of Grammar will be on conventions, effective use, and vocabulary.


Text –Go Math! . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

The students will build from a sound foundation in basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Students will develop fluency in operations and algebraic thinking through writing and interpreting numerical expressions and analyzing patterns and relationships. Students will understand place value and perform operations with whole numbers and decimals. Students will apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division of fractions. Students will develop an understanding of geometric measurements as it relates to volume and two dimensional figures. Using real world and mathematical problems, students will interpret and graph data points on all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Emphasis will be given to developing the student’s mathematical vocabulary.


Text – HMH Science Dimensions.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

The students will study life, physical and earth science through a curriculum that is founded on the scientific method and infused with an understanding of the roles technology and engineering play therein. The course of study will emphasize inquiry and “hands–on” experimentation. Life processes, biomes, environment and energy, properties of light, electricity and magnetism, the solar system will be explored. The textbook is available online from home. Technology will be integrated into the science curriculum to enhance the students’ understanding and applicability of materials presented.

Social Studies

Text – World Studies: Western Hemisphere . Prentice Hall, 2008.

The study of the Western Hemisphere will include the presentation of  culture,  historical background and physical geography, climate, vegetation, and natural resources of North and South America in a regional format. Map skills, concepts, and applications will play a large role in this curriculum area.

Additional Information

Students in Grade Five also attend classes in art, computer, library, music, physical education, and Spanish. For a program description in these subjects, please click on the corresponding menu item at the top of the page.

For a description of the Curriculum Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit the website of Archdiocese of Phiiadelphia Office of Catholic Education.

For information regarding Core Curriculum State Standards for Grade Five, visit the website PA Common Core Standards.