International Christian Leadership Institute

Fifth Grade

Welcome to fifth grade!

As you walk into our spacious classroom, you will be greeted by one of two rotating room themes – World War II or Oregon Trail – both of which reflect our reading and social studies curriculum. Students love the unique decorations and hands-on props that lend realism to our studies. Our large word wall allows students to display their artistic renditions of weekly vocabulary words. We love to display classroom projects on the walls which throughout the year reflect such educational activities as student’s language of heraldry cardboard shields and our large kaleidoscope circles that teach us about tessellations in math.

Learning organizational skills and gaining independence in homework is a big part of the fifth grade experience. We learn notebook skills, note-taking, project planning and highlighting skills as the year progresses. Students are given a monthly reading assignment from varying genres of books that culminates in an interesting writing project, ranging from a comic book (science fiction) to a puppet (biography) to a children’s board book (expository non-fiction). Students love sharing their projects with their younger “reading buddies” as they become role models of the interesting ways that reading and writing skills can be developed as they get older. In the spring, students embark on a major research project on a country of their choosing. Ultimately this culminates in student displays in our widely anticipated international fair held in the basement at the end of May.

A typical school days starts with students passing in homework and writing down assignments for the day. After going over the assignment board together, the teacher reads devotions and we pray together for our day. Our days usually follow the same schedule unless there is a special, with Bible and math in the morning, a snack during the mid morning and then reading and language before lunch. Our afternoons are filled with spelling games and either social studies or science (which rotates). As much as possible, hands-on “kinesthetic” learning is given preference to lectures. Students with a variety of learning styles seem to adapt quite well to fifth grade since the curriculum is set up to meet a variety of needs.

Fifth grade is a self-contained, elementary classroom that meets on the third floor which prepares students for their transition to junior high the following year. Knowing where the bathrooms are, hearing the period bells sounding and navigating around the school with a teacher is great preparation for all the changes that will occur in sixth grade. By the end of the year, fifth graders are ready for the challenges of sixth grade and it is nice to know that even as they step into this new realm … they can always stop by and say “HI” to their former fifth grade teacher!

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Becky Domeny
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Curriculum

Language

God’s Gift of Language B, A-Beka, Third edition, c 2009.

At this level we review verbs and subjects but quickly move on to newer grammar concepts such as modifiers, complements, prepositional phrases, and sentence diagramming. By the end of the year we utilize skills in outlining, note-taking, and preparing a bibliography for a major research paper.

Reading

Harcourt Trophies, Harcourt, c. 2007

Reading selections are grouped by theme such as “Team Work” or “American Adventure.” Great emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and learning new vocabulary words, which are taken from the text. Twice during the year, we put away our reading textbook and read two novels entitled Captive Treasure Treasure (Bob Jones University Press) and Number the Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Writing

Writing skills are advanced through a series of progressively complex writing prompts. These weekly prompts are rewritten and fine tuned throughout the week culminating in a quiz grade. In addition, each student reads a different genre of book each month and completes a writing project about the book. These monthly projects are very creative in nature, spanning from making a board book for their second grade reading buddy to creating a poster promoting the book to a reading club.

Spelling

Weekly spelling lists are taken from students own misspelled words found in writing prompts.

Mathematics

Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics Standards, Edition 4B and 5A, Marshall Cavendish Education, c.

By placing us in time and space, God has limited us to the finite and measurable and set Himself apart. We see order in every area. The language and skills of mathematics build our understanding of this order, its patterns, precision and constancy.

Singapore Math offers a broad background in mathematics, offering multiple experiences which are designed to equip students with a strong foundation in mathematics. Topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking by requiring immediate application of new skills to problem solving promoting an understanding of the way mathematical processes work.

Science

Changes: Science Level Five, ACSI, c.2008

The Purposeful Design Science curriculum has at its foundation the truth contained in God’s Word. It seeks to train students to understand and embrace this truth as it is reflected in God’s design of His creation. Student lessons are structured so that there is a balance between textual discovery and hands-on activities to engage students in discovery, exploration and investigation of God’s purposely designed world.

History

Social Studies The United States: Civil War to Present,, Harcourt, c.2012

Studying history helps students see how the present and the past are connected. Some things change over time and some things stay the same. As students learn to recognize these important links, they will begin to think more like a historian.

This year we begin our study with the move westward on the Oregon Trail and end with the world wars. Learning about the events that occurred during this time period will help us understand and interpret current events.

Character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion and patriotism are highlighted in the leader’s biographies of our past.

Social studies skills such as charts and map/key reading, interpreting important American documents and how to use an almanac are all utilized during the year.

Bible

Walking with God and His People, Christian School International, third edition c. 2010

The grade 5 curriculum spans the Old and New Testaments, examining God’s covenant promises, from the exile through Jesus’ early life and ministry. As students learn about the various leaders God raised up for His people, they will see His loving care and preparation for His people unfold through the fulfillment of Jesus’ ministry. Throughout this curriculum students will think of ways that God is preparing them for work in His kingdom.

Music

Curriculum is varied.
Music Makers, Young Musicians, LifeWay, Children’s Music Series- updated yearly
The Music Effect 1 & 2, Alfred, 2005
Boomwhackers

The purpose of the Music curriculum is first to glorify our Lord. Students are exposed to music as worship in singing, listening, responding, moving and playing instruments. Our goals include learning to enjoy all musical forms, to become listeners and performers, to develop self- discipline, to encourage participation and develop socially, to acquaint with other cultures and historical periods, and to build community within the Body of Christ.
(Adapted from Heather Greenwood, “Why include Music in the Christian School Curriculum?” Nurture (Australia), Autumn, 1981)

Weekly elementary music classes build musical concepts and opportunities for musical expression through the years. All elements of music are introduced and developed at grade appropriate levels. Students in grades 3-5 also meet for choir once a week, culminating in a spring musical.

Art

The Elementary Grade Art Curriculum is designed to provide students opportunity for artistic expression in a wide variety of media – paint, craypas, clay, papier-mâché, markers, watercolor, origami and construction paper, colored pencil, assemblage materials, and yarn – creating 2-D and 3-D pieces of art. Eye training exercises and focus on growth in art vocabulary, concepts, and skills complete the program. Grades K through 5 meet for 50 minutes once a week, and K-4 meets for 25 minutes.

Physical Education

Students in Grade Five attend Physical Education classes twice weekly with a certified PE instructor working with National Standards.