5th Grade

Curriculum Guide

 

Bible

Instructional Materials: Veritas Press cards: The Gospels, Bible

Course Description: This class examines a thorough biblical history covering the books that make up the gospels. The curriculum uses fact cards outlining different major stories and events. Students spend time reading the specific scriptures recounting the major biblical events, participate in discussions that reflect the information on the card and how to daily apply these truths, work cooperatively on group activities, and memorize related scripture.

Objectives

  • Understand that Jesus Christ is our personal Lord and Savior
  • Demonstrate the similarities and differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John using Veritas Press history cards
  • Participate in daily Bible discussion and prayer
  • Participate in discussions clarifying practical ways to bring God glory
  • Memorize Bible verses and chapters
  • Participates in monthly character/virtue studies through stories, drama and song

Language Arts and Communication

Instructional Materials: Shurley English 6, The Institute for Excellence in Writing teaching materials 

Course Description: Many subjects are included within the Language Arts curriculum such as writing, grammar, and penmanship. Writing focuses on developing skilled writers through an organized system of outlining that focuses on sequential order. Students are exposed to narrative and expository forms and are encouraged to develop good order of topic sentences and detailed paragraphs. Grammar focuses on understanding the order of sentences and the eight parts of speech. Penmanship reinforces the cursive writing curriculum of past years.

Objectives

  • Develop language arts skills and concepts through an integrated program including the mastery of spelling words and use of multiple strategies to develop vocabulary, penmanship, grammar skills, dictionary skills, reading across the curricula, and reading comprehension strategies
  • Develop writing skills and forms through The Institute for Excellence in Writing’s structure and stylistic techniques; writing reports from multiple sources; creative writing; essays and critiques, narratives, and forms of poetry
  • Continue to refine and develop listening, organizational, and study skills

 

Literature

Instructional Materials: Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, various poetry books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Progeny Press study guides, and Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

Course Description: Literature involves the study of historical fiction novels that tie into the history curriculum. A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy book that incorporates elements studied in science. A poetry unit enables students to explore various types of poems and the process of creating those poem types. Students discuss in depth the story elements of plot, setting, and characterization. Students also learn how to recognize, understand, and use figurative language such as metaphor, simile, inference, symbolism, and allegory. Related scripture is integrated into the study of both the books and poetry unit content.

Objectives

  • Read and discuss a variety of genres of literature including, but not limited to: Sign of the Beaver, Amos Fortune Free Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Phantom Tollbooth, Love That Dog, and a variety of poetry
  • Discuss literary analysis and terminology and critically consider and analyze the intellectual moral and spiritual issues in the stories and weigh them with reference to scripture

 

Math

Instructional materials: Singapore Math 5a/5b with workbook

Course Description: Students are exposed to grade-level mathematics through a series of learning experiences including pictorials, and concrete and abstract examples. Students use textbooks, workbooks, and math manipulatives to increase their mathematical understanding.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate strong foundation in mathematics and develop logical thinking and critical problem solving
  • Understand mathematical concepts using manipulatives, models, and pictures. Students progress to an abstract stage in which only numbers, notation, and symbols are used
  • Demonstrate an understanding of model drawing methods which require students to understand the mathematical concepts underlying word problems
  • Demonstrate mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills with quick recall
  • Demonstrate fluency in addition and subtraction with fractions and decimals and long division procedures
  • Understand place value to the billions, units of measure in relating 2 dimensional to 3 dimensional shapes and properties
  • Compare, express, and interpret ratios
  • Express percentages as decimals or fractions
  • Estimate and measure angles and degrees and use an eight point compass and protractor
  • Recognize the properties of polygons and angles
  • Understand basic statistics and analyze data using graphs and charts
  • Develop a basic understanding of algebraic expression
  • Communicate mathematical ideas, work in cooperative learning groups, collect and analyze data, and use and understand mathematical terms

Science

Instructional Materials: Science 6 Bob Jones University, activity manual

Course Description: This course explores God’s hand in creation and how His absolute authority and order can be witnessed through the realm of creation and forces of the earth. Students work through the scientific method to discover God’s presence in the world around them. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and projects help develop a firm foundation of science applications.

Objectives

  • Understand God’s revelation of Himself through His creation
  • Explore earthquakes and volcanoes, weathering and erosion, natural resources, animal classification, plant classification, electricity and magnetism, motion and machines, stars, solar system, plant reproduction, heredity and genetics, body systems
  • Understand and demonstrate the steps of the scientific method
  • Apply the use of graphs and charts for data analysis

 

History

Instructional materials: Veritas Press history cards: Explorers through 1815

Course Description: Students begin the study of history with early explorers and chronologically continue through the settling of colonies, the Revolutionary War, and up through the Missouri Compromise. Historical content is viewed through the lens of Scripture as the Bible is integrated into discussion. Projects, activities, and group presentations accompany the progress through this course.

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the chronological order of events in American history dating from the early explorers through 1815
  • Investigate and explore the origins and purpose of the original colonies, and how they influenced current life
  • Understand the framework of the U.S. Constitution, the War for Independence, geographical expansion, and the various wars in our country
  • Enhance maps skills and familiarity with geographical locations of discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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