5th Grade

Items in bold exceed 5th Grade State Common Core Standards

Mathematics (6th Grade)

  • Illustrate significant knowledge and understanding of numbers and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers, fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers
  • Solve simple algebraic equations with one variable
  • Convert in U.S. Customary and metric systems and convert between systems
  • Possess a working knowledge of the concept of probability and find the probability of compound events
  • Find area and perimeter of polygons, circles, and complex figures
  • Calculate volume of right prism, cylinders, pyramids, and cones
  • Classify angles according to angles and sides and identify similar and congruent polygons
  • Identify and compare interior and exterior angles formed by transversals
  • Name and graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems
  • Identify reflections, translations, rotations, and symmetry on a coordinate plane
  • Collect and display data using bar, line and circle graphs, pictographs, histograms, and stem-and-leaf plots


  • Discuss the sources of Divine revelation
  • Review and understand the twelve doctrines in the Apostles Creed
  • Study the Trinity, creation, angles, original sin and its effects on mankind
  • Review the history of salvation as promised to the Chosen people
  • Understand the role of the prophets and be able to identify the major prophets
  • Study how Jesus fulfilled His redemptive mission on earth through his birth, life, preaching, miracles, institution of the Church and the Sacraments, and finally, through His suffering, death, and Resurrection

Language Arts

Reading Goals

  • Explore word knowledge
  • Practice comprehension strategies: predicting, asking questions, making connections, and summarizing using a wide variety of literature
  • Identify and use comprehension skills: author’s purpose, point of view, sequence, main idea, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and drawing conclusions
  • Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, poetry, and non-fiction, formally summarizing the literature read in class weekly

Writing Goals

  • Understand and use the writing process with weekly one-on-one editing sessions and practice
  • Explore several forms of personal, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing, with an emphasis on the five paragraph essay
  • User figurative language, sensory detail, and sentence variety
  • Conduct research and formulate report after building knowledge through investigation

Grammar Goals

  • Identify and use correctly the following parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions
  • Label the types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative
  • Determine appropriate use for punctuation for effect
  • Use punctuation when appropriate: end punctuation, comma use, quotation marks, apostrophe, colon, semi-colon, hyphen, and parentheses
  • Diagram sentences to identify parts of speech

Spelling and Vocabulary Goals

  • Use context clues for meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Identify the following: antonyms and synonyms, homophones/homonyms and homographs, comparatives, irregular plurals, contractions, and compound words
  • Recognize and understand prefixes and suffixes
  • Spell short vowel, long vowel, r-controlled, and special spelling patterns including words with silent letter
  • Utilize dictionary and thesaurus to analyze word choice and usage
  • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense, voice, and mood
  • Place phrases and clauses within a sentence
  • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun and person
  • Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader interest, and style
  • Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off parenthetical elements


  • Understand the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources and the importance of conservation
  • List the differences between an atom and a molecule; define and identify parts of an atom including proton, neutron, and electron
  • Compare and contrast mass, volume, density, weight, mixtures, and solutions
  • Define motion, identify gravity, friction, electricity, and magnetism as basic forces
  • Identify and define the six forms of energy, identify various conductors and insulators
  • Apply scientific inquiries to analyze global features
  • Identify mechanical and chemical weathering: understand how minerals are identifies and how rocks are classified
  • Define and understand the types of motion: constant, variable, periodic, circular and vibrational
  • Explore basic astronomy

History & Geography

  • Identify the main causes and effects of the Renaissance
  • Analyze the importance of the explorations by Spain, Portugal, England, France, and the Netherlands
  • Explore the history of Russia from the exploration by the Vikings and Slavs through the reign of Catherine the Great
  • Introduce the development and history of early Japan
  • Understand the reasons for The Civil War; identify the Confederate and Union states, the generals and battles, and how the war ended
  • Identify parts and purposes of maps in relation to places and regions, physical systems, human systems, and the environment
  • Identify and understand U.W. expansion before the Civil War


  • Learn months, dates, telling time
  • Discuss likes and dislikes
  • Learn about classmates, friends and grown-ups
  • Verbs: to dance, to swim, to run, to skate
  • Converse about feelings
  • Study the culture of the Hispanic family
  • Use possessive adjectives
  • Write in Spanish
  • Learn and celebrate Hispanic holidays
  • Learn key aspects of the culture of Mexico and Central America

Choir/Music Appreciation

  • Develop vocal skills and techniques
  • Develop melodic and rhythmic skills
  • Describe music by reading, listening, and demonstrating comprehension of music
  • Perform a repertoire of Judeo-Christian and traditional songs
  • Understand music theory, music symbols and musical instruments

Visual Arts

  • Examples of Renaissance art will be introduced as well as 19th century American
  • Student work reflects the style and technique of artists while using a wide variety of subject matter and media
  • Cultural affects are defined in 2-D and sculptural work (3-D)
  • Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures