5th Grade Curriculum

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The Fifth Grade program at Dade Christian School challenges students to reach their full potential as they develop their skills in the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social realms in a fun and loving educational environment.  Our curriculum is a thoroughly integrated, academically balanced program with a consistent Christian emphasis.  Bible, Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Math, Science, History, Spelling, and Penmanship all represent the subject areas.  An emphasis is also placed on social interaction among the students, giving them opportunities to develop social values; respect, sharing, group acceptance, independence, and dependability.


The purpose of fifth grade mathematics is to strengthen the students’ arithmetic skills to prepare them for a higher level of mathematical content. The five goals for students include realizing mathematics is for everyday use, to master multiplication and division 0-12 families, to become math problem solvers, to become confident in their ability to do math, and to learn to communicate mathematically. Students will master the following:

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division facts and terminology
  • Place value
  • Borrowing and carrying
  • Four-digit multiplication
  • Three-digit division
  • Story problems
  • Averaging
  • Roman numerals
  • Rounding
  • English and Metric measures
  • Converting measures
  • Fractions
  • Factoring
  • Least common Multiple
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Algebraic Equations
  • Decimals
  • Reading a thermometer
  • Converting Celsius/Fahrenheit
  • Solving equations
  • Graphs
  • Scale drawings
  • Perimeter
  • Area

Language Arts

The purpose of this curriculum is to expose students to develop in them an understanding of the varied aspects of the Language Arts. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking all play an intricate role. Students will produce writings as follows:

  • Personal journal
  • Personal narrative
  • Descriptive paragraph
  • Book reports
  • Comparison & contrast paragraphs
  • Persuasive paragraph
  • Friendly letters
  • Business letters


The purpose of the science class is to expose students to the scientific method of investigation and the critical thinking skills, as well as the scientific process and its applications when attempting to prove or disprove a hypothesis. The science units will be taught from a Christian perspective, always stressing biblical foundations, truth, and teachings with regards to God as Creator. These units are as follows:

  • Natural Cycles
  • Life Cycles
  • Cells
  • Building Blocks of Matter
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Weather & Climate
  • Sun, Earth, and Moon


The purpose of the History/Geography class is to expose the students to the study of people, history, geography, economics, culture and the government of the United States. Students will also study the relationship between the United States and varying countries through studies, which include the following:

  • Sequencing events
  • Summarizing data
  • Making predictions
  • Inferring relationships
  • Making decisions
  • Formulating opinions
  • Working with time lines
  • Identifying sources of information
  • Working with maps and globes
  • Working with tables, graphs and charts
  • Valuing the rights of citizenship
  • Showing respect for heritage

Projects: State Project


The purpose of the reading curriculum is to expose students to different genres of literature as well as strengthen their reading comprehension level. These areas will be addressed through the use of reading, listening, and speaking. Activity book reports are part of the reading curriculum. This curriculum will also strengthen the students’ spelling skills and foster a broader vocabulary. The students will be evaluated on their knowledge of the literature being read, as well as their spelling and vocabulary skills. The students will also explore several novels written by varied authors.

These will include the following:

  • Trophies – Voyages
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


The purpose of the fifth grade Bible curriculum is to educate students to implement in their lives the lessons learned through the study of Old Testament characters. Students will be challenged to make proper choices and to share the Truth in word and deed both in and beyond school.


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