St. Michael's Academy

Inspired Minds

Faith-Filled Hearts

Tomorrow's Leaders

Overview of 5th Grade Curriculum


In 5th grade the students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the sacraments and the pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Areas of focus include:

  • what Catholics believe

  • how Catholics worship

  • how Catholics live

  • how Catholics pray

  • participating in community service

  • liturgical and prayer services

  • roots of sacraments in scripture and how each is celebrated in the Church today

  • deepen experiences of prayer

  • learn about Catholic devotions

  • encourage and develop strong Catholic views

Language Arts:

5th grade students will strengthen skills in relation to spelling, English grammar and composition, and reading. Areas of focus will include:

  • fiction

  • nonfiction

  • biography

  • short story

  • fantasy

  • poetry

  • narrative writing

  • expository writing


5th Grade students will review and reinforce skills learned in fourth grade, but will also include the following areas of study:

  • review and develop fluency with multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with whole numbers.

  • continue to develop an understanding of operations with decimals to the thousandths

  • extend long division to two digit divisors using variables and expressions

  • develop an understanding of volume

  • add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers

  • find area, perimeter, and circumference

  • write and solve equations using variables

  • use concepts to solve real-life problems

Many math skills are reviewed through the use of Moby Max and Math's Mate computer programs.


5th graders continue building their knowledge base in the areas of Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Students use observation, demonstration, experimentation, and a variety of activities to explore such topics as:

  • thinking critically about the world

  • properties of matter

  • forms of energy

  • characteristics and adaptations of plants and animals

  • rocks

  • soil

  • weather

  • solar system

Social Studies:

Throughout the year, 5th graders use reading, writing, and study strategies to read, understand, and remember nonfiction information. 5th grade Social Studies topics include:

  • pre-Columbian civilizations

  • European exploration and colonization of North America

  • colonial America

  • The Revolutionary War

  • the formation of the United States government

  • review geography and map skills

Extended Programs:

  • Physical Education

  • Health

  • Computer Skills

  • Music

  • Art

  • Spanish