The curriculum in fifth grade reading uses a novel-based approach. Emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking, comprehension, and fluency. There is a focus on understanding relationships between and among the characters, as well how events in the stories provided a foreshadowing of things to come.
In addition to the novels, students read and discuss short stories, with and emphasis placed on comprehension and the ability to show their understanding of the reading through thought provoking questions. Independent reading is encouraged both in school and at home.
Students build on the foundation laid in earlier grades to write complex sentences, organize and develop coherent paragraphs with topic sentences and descriptive details. Students continue to write descriptive, expository, persuasive, and creative compositions. The Step up to Writing program is the foundation of the writing program in the lower school.
Grammar lessons reinforce and extend the skills taught in fourth grade using Sadlier’s Grammar Workshop, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of eight parts of speech in all capacities, which gives them a foundation of language and a solid understanding of the structure of writing.
Vocabulary Workshop is the basis for the vocabulary curriculum as well as important vocabulary terms taken from novels read in class.
Using the Math in focus curriculum, students master place value from millions to thousandths. Students increase their knowledge with the four basic math operations and apply their understanding to decimals, percents and fractions. The students know and use metric and customary measuring units to determine length and area. They also use formulas to find the volume of simple geometric figures. Students develop fluency of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers. Problem solving skills and practical applications are emphasized throughout the year.
Fifth grade social studies looks at Louisiana history, including its European roots, colonial period, and transition into statehood with a study of Louisiana's role in the broader context of American history. The course finishes with an emphasis on the history of the southern United States up to the early 21st century.