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

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 puctuation, comma use, quotation marks, apostrophe, colon, simi-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

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
  • Introduct 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


  • 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


  • 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
  • Understnad 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


  • 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 2D and sculptural work (3D)
  • Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures