5th grade is a time of preparation for middle school. This year we will focus on our students becoming bright and shining stars. Philippians 2:15 says, “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians 2:15 We all know as people we can struggle with being bright and shining stars, but during the 5th grade class time we will attempt to look at ways God can help us grow in this area.
5th grade Bible class consists of students taking a deeper look at the Old Testament characters and how they lived their lives as bright and shining stars. We will also take time to share prayer concerns, sing praises, journal and do various activities related to these topics.
5th grade Language Arts time will consist of reading books with various themes related to the 5th grade curriculum. As we read during Language Arts, we will use the various reading strategies, learn new vocabulary related to the books we read in class, learn the skill of cause and effect, compare story elements and theme. We will also work on increasing our keyboard speed; write more proficient using the six traits method. We will also study the Big 6 method of research. We will also learn how to do expository writing and personal narratives.
5th grade social studies, students will learn how the 13 colonies were started and why. Students will learn about the various jobs during this time period and the culture of this time. Two key wars of the USA will be studied, the American Revolution and the Civil War. 5th grade social studies deal mainly with the development of the United States.
5th grade science is a time students learn more about the cause and effect of various weathers, water cycle, elements, the human body, the plant system and in detail the scientific method.
During the first semester, students can look forward to doing their own shoe box biography, reading Treasures of the Snow, and doing research and group presentations sharing the cause and effect of different types of severe weather. During the 1st semester, students will also use the research steps learned in Big 6, as they present their understanding of the 13 colonies of the United States of America.
The second semester, students will have the opportunity to study various poetry elements and then take a trip to the Minong area. On this trip, students will take time to sketch and come up with a poem related to this trip. Students will also learn about the life of Ben Carson. Students will learn about how Ben Carson who is now a neurosurgeon didn’t let his background keep him from becoming all God had for him. In 2001, CNN and Time magazine named Ben Carson as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. 2nd semester students will also take time to present their own individual scientific project using the scientific method.