Grade Level Expectancies GRADE 5


Religion (200 weekly minutes)


  • Understands sacraments as celebrations of life and as outward signs of God’s love for us.
  • Identifies the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith broken down into sacraments of initiation, healing, and commitment.
  • Celebrates the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and reconciliation.
  • Understands sacraments as celebrations of life.
  • Recognizes the Catholic Church as the Sacrament of Jesus’ Presence in the world.


  • Studies and prays psalms.
  • Reads various Old Testament and New Testament sources.
  • Actively plans and participates in Masses and Liturgies.


  • Participates in morning offering and petitions, noon prayer, and afternoon prayers.
  • Prays the Rosary and Stations of the Cross

Social Justice

  • Participates in various volunteer activities which aide those in need.
  • Assists primary children during weekly masses.
  • Plans and presents “Character Matter” events at morning assemblies.
  • Studies world faith traditions, and recognizes similarities and differences to the Catholic faith.

Language Arts (600 Weekly Minutes)


  • Derives vocabulary meaning through context clues, word structure, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, as well as the use of the dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Builds comprehension through prediction, inference, comparison, and the drawing of conclusions.
  • Understands cause and effect, as well as character motivation.
  • Differentiates between fact and opinion.
  • Identifies story themes and elements as well as author’s point of view.
  • Employs various reference tools to effectively find information within books, journals, newspapers, libraries, as and on-line information.


  • Understands and utilizes writing process strategies: pre-writing, rough draft, proof reading, revising, and final copy.
  • Constructs effective structured essays of varying length to include multiple paragraph works with clear introduction, comprehensive body paragraphs using cited evidence, and creative conclusion.
  • Develops writing of different genre to include: comparative, explanatory, expository, personal narrative, persuasive, and story writing.
  • Produces research paper and reports using multiple sources and including the correct citing of sources.
  • Writes with captivating wording, correct grammar and mechanics.

Listening and Speaking

  • Processes oral information in order to formulate thought provoking questions to enhance learning.
  • Edifies through engaging and informational oral presentations.
  • Engages in constructive dialogue.
  • Clarifies views with supportive examples.

Mathematics (225 Weekly Minutes)

Number Sense

  • Works comfortably with very large (millions) and very small (thousandths) numbers.
  • Utilizes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with multi-digit whole numbers, decimals fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Understands number line placement of integers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers.
  • Identifies least common multiple and greatest common factor of number pairs and uses this to create equivalent fractions.
  • Understands and equates proper, improper, and mixed numbers.
  • Uses rounding and compatible numbers to estimate.
  • Adds and subtracts negative numbers.

Algebra and Functions

  • Constructs and solves simple algebraic expressions with one variable.
  • Places ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane.
  • Graphs simple algebraic expressions.
  • Maps and extends geometric and numeric patterns.

Measurement and Geometry

  • Chooses appropriate unit of measure for weight, length, volume, and temperature.
  • Employs correct terminology with regard to line, angle, circle, and three-dimensional rectangular prisms.
  • Calculates perimeter and area of a variety of polygons and circles.
  • Finds the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.
  • Explores tessellation, translation, reflection and figure rotation.

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability

  • Calculates mean, mode, and median of a given set of numbers.
  • Employs appropriate types of graphs to most effectively display data.
  • Utilizes graphs to predict trends.

Mathematical Reasoning

  • Deciphers information in word problems to determine strategies to arrive at its successful solution.
  • Utilizes various strategies to problem solve.
  • Makes precise calculations and verifies to assure validity.

Science (170 Weekly Minutes)

Physical Science

  • Sequence the complexity of atoms, elements and compounds and understand how they inter relate to make all types of matter.
  • Observe various properties of matter and how it may change states.
  • Classify various forms of energy and their transfer.

Earth Science

  • Compare Earth with its moon, the sun and the planets in our solar system.
  • Explain how atmospheric conditions are measured.
  • Describe the process and importance of the water cycle.
  • Explain how clouds form and describe the layers of the atmosphere
  • Identify the causes and effects of severe storm systems.

Life Science

  • Classify living things.
  • Describe the roles of various body systems and identify the organs involved.
  • Investigate plant adaptations and processes.

Investigation and Experimentation

  • Students ask meaningful questions and participate in investigations to develop further understanding of concepts.
  • Plan a simple investigation, write procedures, and draw conclusions based on results.

Social Studies (170 Weekly Minutes)


  • Traces earliest migration of prehistoric tribes into North America and their adaptations to the environment.
  • Identifies various explorers and their accomplishments.
  • Studies include: colonization, independence, government formation, western frontier expansion, and the division of the union.


  • Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United States and understands the relationship between human survival and the land.
  • Locates the 50 states and identifies their capitals.


  • Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas.
  • Studies the economies of the early colonies.
  • Analyzes the British debt after the French and Indian War.
  • Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States.


  • Sees the USA as a pluralistic society.
  • Role-plays life as an explorer, colonist, and early government official.
  • Role-plays life at the dawn of the Revolutionary War.

Ethics and Beliefs

  • Distinguishes between Puritan, Quaker, and Native American belief systems.
  • Contrasts the arguments for and against slavery in the United States.

Social and Political Systems

  • Compares Native American and Colonial American cultures.
  • Studies Democratic forms of Government and compares to diverse world government systems.

Technology (50 Weekly Minutes)

  • Use formal typing skills to correctly format and type a paragraph
  • Continue to polish and enhance formal keyboarding skills using proper technique
  • Introduction to bibliography, proper format, using special keys and fonts
  • Learn correct computer terminology.
  • Learn to use Excel-fitting data to cells, graphing
  • Cut, copy and paste text
  • Discuss and understand computer netiquette and computer ethics

Physical Education (100 Weekly Minutes)

Exercise and Sports Skills

  • Participates in Presidential Physical Fitness Program.
  • Plays agility games and relay races.
  • Takes part in, and learns the rules for, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, track, and volleyball.
  • Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • Improves ball skills.
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition.

Fine Arts (100 Weekly Minutes)


  • Uses various media including pencil, ink, crayon, watercolor paint, chalk, and oil pastels.


  • Studies a variety of artists throughout history.
  • Emulates simplified versions of various artists’ techniques.


  • Learns elements of art vocabulary

Music Appreciation

  • Sings various songs.
  • Uses rhythm instruments.
  • Studies basic note and key signatures.

Field Trips (Min. 3 per year)

  • San Diego Maritime Museum
  • Junior Achievement Biztown
  • PETCO Park


Book List

The Cay: Theodore Taylor

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found: Sarah Nickerson

Number the Stars: Lois Lowery

Penny from Heaven: Jennifer L. Holm

The Watsons go to Birmingham: Christopher Paul Curtis