About 5th Grade




One in Christ (CPH 2011). This series emphasizes the six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism.  It uses Bible stories from the Old and New Testament that are related to the catechism lessons.  There are one hundred twenty lessons in all Law and Gospel.

Memory Work

Daily Bible Verses are memorized that coincide with lessons for the week.  The six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism are memorized as well.  The first 5 parts have been learned in previous grades.  The section “Office of the Keys and Confession” is new.  


Students have a chance to show their own creativity to various areas of ar media. Drawing, perspective, contrast, painting, and other areas are introduced. Art generally meets twice a week with some projects having extended periods, especially with more than one step required.  

In Art class the teacher uses an online teaching tool called Arts Attack.  The goal of the program is to teach every child how to express himself/herself through art. This demands that the students learn to see and experience the world in a different way. The language of art, like the language of words, requires the learning of skills and concepts that will allow the free flow of expression.

The students participate in an Art Fair every three years.  


Computers are integrated into the the classroom at a one-to-one level through the use of Chromebooks.  Students use their computers for a variety of programs including the following examples:  Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Apps for Education, typing.com, IXL, Accelerated Reader, Science curriculum, Math curriculum, online quizzes and tests, many others. 

Current Events

The 5th graders use the Scholastic News for discussion and learning of current events. 


Fifth graders participate in the D.A.R.E. program for their age level.  This program is conducted by the Maple Grove Police and is supported by the community.

English Language Arts 

Reading Street (Scott Foresman 2011) is a comprehensive Reading and Language Arts series for the 21st Century. Reading Street delivers classic and soon-to-be classic literature, scientifically research-based instruction, and a wealth of groundbreaking online experiences for high student engagement. Fifth grade will also be utilizing specialized texts for each unit for supplementation.


Math Expressions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011). Math focuses on the fundamental basics for everyday use in math for later years in school and in life. Problems deal with certain objectives for the day along with story problems that bring reality to their math.  Areas covered are the traditional adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing plus the learning of place values, decimals, fractions, graphing, geometry, statistics, measurement, and probability.  IXL.com is utilized to help supplement the program.


5th-8th grade choir students will learn breath control, good posture, expression, harmony, diction, and work on intonation.  The students participate by singing in church, chapel, and special school programs. 

Students have the opportunity to join the school band or orchestra which is operated by Strike Up the Band.  The band and orchestra programs meet on Wednesday of each week.  On these days, each student will have a small group lesson and full group practice.  These groups perform concerts at Christmas and end of school year.  

Students that do not participate in the band or orchestra programs will be part of Tone Chimes. Along with this, students will also learn how to read notes, music, dynamics, tempo, and rhythm.

Physical Education

All students participate in team and individual sport activities to be able to follow rules, use good sportsmanship, develop strategies for success, accept and respect individual differences in abilities, support and encourage each other to do their best, and enjoy physical activity.  Students will regularly participate in exercise activities to improve core strength, muscular endurance, cardio endurance, breath control, balance, and flexibility.  Students will be tested on skills, knowledge of the games, and fitness.  They will take part in relays, games, group activities, skating, sledding, skiing, bowling, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, track and field, badminton, ping pong, floor hockey, flag football, and a variety of other games.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012)  The Science curriculum covers the following topics:  How Scientists Work, The Engineering Process, Ecosystems, Energy and Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Changes to Earth’s Surfaces, The Rock Cycle, Fossils, Earth’s Oceans, Matter, Light and Sound, Forces and Motion.  Students use textbooks, online resources, videos, lab activities, demonstrations, STEM activities, and computer based assessments to learn the material being taught. Sex education is taught in alternate years. There is a science fair every three years.


Using Reading Street, the students study twenty words each week.  They complete writing or website based exercises to practice spelling and learn spelling-related rules. Students will understand structures and patterns that occur in spelling. They also complete exercises relative to vocabulary and definitions. 
Sometimes, a final spelling test is given online at the end of each week via spellingcity.com.

Social Studies

United States History (2012). The social studies program in 5th grade focuses on American History.  The students are introduced to the basic events of different time periods.  The basic periods include Native American culture, European exploration, European colonies, American Revolution, foundation of American Government, War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Manifest Destiny, Civil War, Reconstruction, the western frontier, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Modern Era.  Students also learn important skills like measuring distances on maps and globes, interpreting cartograms, and using lines of latitude and longitude.  Students also go through simulations to promote a deeper understanding of the different time periods.  
A Social Studies Fair is held every three years. 

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