Christ Lutheran School

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5th Grade Curriculum

Fifth grades students continue to refine their independent thinking and problem solving skills. Their content becomes more in-depth as they prepare for sixth grade.


The religion curriculum used in fifth grade is One in Christ, published by Concordia Publishing House. Students explore how God’s Word is revealed to us throughout the Old and New Testaments. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and how, through the word of God, the Holy Spirit works to create, strengthen, and sustain saving faith. Life-related activities help the students apply each topic to their lives. In addition, a graded memory curriculum comprised of the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer and selected Bible verses is utilized.


The fourth grade English curriculum is comprised of two main sections, how language works and understanding the writing process.  How language works ties together grammar, usage, and mechanics, teaching students to construct proper sentences and paragraphs. Students apply these skills through the five stages of the writing process, as they create clear and descriptive texts. A weekly writing exercise is given on various topics to further develop writing skills.


The fifth grade curriculum includes an anthology of literature built around six themes. Each theme includes various types of fiction and non-fiction and focuses on not only comprehension but on vocabulary and a variety of reading skills and strategies. Literature elements and concepts are additionally emphasized through Book Units based on age appropriate novels. Accelerated Reader is utilized to grow independent reading skills with students being required to take short quizzes to reach an individual reading goal per quarter.


Each week’s spelling list is based on sound patterns and includes words from the reading selection for that week. The students gain knowledge by using prefixes and suffixes for changing root words. Weekly tests are given.


In fifth grade, problem solving skills are developed and practiced through daily lessons. Mathematical reasoning is reinforced in every lesson. Skills covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, multiplication and division with one, two and three multipliers and divisors as well as algebra concepts.  Math theory is reinforced by the use of manipulatives, daily written practice, and a spiraling review. Tests are given after every five lessons to assess understanding.


The fifth grade science curriculum is a complete program utilizing hands-on activities, digital lessons, projects and activities to teach the concepts. The comprehensive content includes study of many facets of science including but not limited to cells and matter, minerals, ecosystems, and the engineering process. The online science curriculum (Science Fusion by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) gives students access to their workbooks and digital lessons at home. Additionally, all fifth grade students participate in the Middle School Science Fair where they conduct original research and design and implement an experiment.

Social Studies

The fifth grade social studies curriculum uses the eight strands of social studies to trace our nation’s history. Starting with the first Americans through the Civil War, we learn how and why our country was founded and on what principles our government was based. Fifth graders also learn and are tested on the states and capitals and the order of American presidents. A unit on Arkansas History is included.