Fifth Grade at FRCS
Challenging content and active learning are paired with a supportive environment as students conclude their elementary careers.
Literacy is a high priority. Students strengthen their writing skills by mastering the requirements for the five paragraph essay. Students publish their own pieces of writing including poetry, stories, speeches, plays, and book reports. Silent reading and corporate reading from all of the different literature genres is encouraged and incorporated, as it helps students develop reading skills and improves their comprehension.
History and science are subjects that take center stage in fifth grade as work becomes more content-oriented. This year, the history curriculum is devoted to world history and geography. A student nationality project concludes the study of history for the fifth grade year. Students research their own nationality and present their paper and visual aids to the class.
Science Lab with Ms. Paige
Fifth grade students enjoy hands-on science lab three times per week, and are working on developing critical thinking and lab writing skills. Students always begin class with a question and are engaging in the scientific method in order to complete their labs. Science topics in fifth grade include: body systems, the dynamics of the solar system, force and motion, and environmental science. Science camp is one of the highlights for our fifth grade students. This three day academic adventure takes place in the great outdoors and is filled with teaching based on God’s creation.
Technology Lab with Dr. Haynes
Fifth grade students enjoy hands-on technology lab every week, and progress in their word processing skills, document formatting, research skills, and other application work which allows them to complete creative projects. Students work in Office 365, from which they submit completed assignments.
Students do a comprehensive study of the lives of various Bible characters in the Old Testament. We look at the choices these characters have made, the positive and negative impacts and consequences, and discuss their relevance in our lives today. Memorized scripture is required on a weekly basis.
Mathematical concepts become more challenging as students work with decimals, multiplication and division of three-digit numbers, metric system, fractions, percentages, geometry, and problem solving. Math terminology is stressed to fully understand how to implement math strategies.
The math curriculum is called Progress in Mathematics. It uses interactive teaching methods and materials to help young students understand the mathematical concepts. It has consistent, cumulative review of the concepts taught and encourages memorization of math facts. Third grade stresses the memorization of multiplication and division facts. The practical application of math skills is evident through critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills in real life situations.
Enrichment classes also expand the fifth grade curriculum. In addition to chapel, vocal music, visual arts, Spanish language, library, physical education, science lab, and tech lab, students take part in the fifth grade band. This includes small group sectionals as well as a full band experience.
Overall, fifth grade is an exciting year of growing opportunities. The accumulation of all the above studies makes for a stimulating environment for your child’s final year of elementary school.