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Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade Core

H501: History: The Modern Age/Geography: World Geography Review

SC501: 5 Science

M501: 5th Grade Math

SWR501: 5 Spell to Write and Read

GW501: 5th Grade Grammar and Writing

LIT501: 5 Literature

LEA5: Leadership 5th grade

LC101 or LC201: Latin A or B

Also includes Visual Art IV, Joyful Discovery IV, Music V, PE V, and Lit/Drama V which can be taken also as individual courses

Parent Role: Guide for dependent/independent study

Prerequisites: Fourth grade or equivalent

FIFTH GRADE-Language arts (SWR501, GW501, Lit501)

Writing: Students continue The Writing & Rhetoric series with Narrative II and Choreia & Proverb. They will use whole-story examples of literature, careful listening, and the progressive steps of progymnasta to grow their writing skills through imagination and imitation. This level exposes students to the historical narrative and legend, teaching them to identify fact vs. fiction as well as writing a 6 paragraph essay using the five W’s of a historical essay: who, what, when, where, why. The thinking and exercises occur within the framework of the stories which include wonderful historical figures such as King Arthur, King Alfred, Lady Godiva and more.

In this level, students practice reading comprehension, summarizing and amplifying a story, identifying types of stories, point of view, and conflict using parables, fables, and myth.

Spelling and Grammar: Students continue to gain proficiency in spelling and application of spelling rules as they integrate all of language arts, moving into high school level spelling skill. Fifth grade students continue to develop confidence in recognizing and using parts of speech, sentence and paragraph structure, editing techniques, as well as diagramming sentences.

Literature: Living books are incorporated into every aspect of learning, but the joy of reading is also emphasized with read -aloud, discussing writing techniques such as the development of setting, plot, and characters. Titles include: The Book of Dragons, Little Women, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, Animal Farm, and Wrinkle in Time.


Math concepts deepen as students continue mastering the foundations of math. Students continue to master the four orders of operations with whole number, fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios, averages, rate, and speed. They will be introduced to order of operations, distributive properties, and defining and constructing geometrical shapes. They use mental math strategies and model drawing to solve more difficult world problems, connecting math to every day life.

FIFTH GRADE-History/Geography

Continuing in the history cycle, students will see God’s hand in the scope and flow of history as they complete their chronological study of history with the modern age. Students will explore cultures around the world through story, activities, literature, and current events. As they study history from the 1900’s to current events, they will also review world geography.

FIFTH GRADE-Life Science I

Students will use a classical, Charlotte Mason approach to explore life science at a deeper level than during the earlier grammar years. Students will use living books, experimentation, memory work, sketching, scientist biographies, and in-depth reports to explore science and learn the scientific method as they study plants and animals.

Individual Courses
(also included in Core)

Latin for Children A (LC101)

LFC A incorporates elements that will engage students of every learning style. As a step beyond just an exposure to the language, when used as a whole, this series trains students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in a lively, interactive way that is perfectly suited to students in the grammar stage.

Parent Role: Co-teacher/guide for dependent study

Prerequisites: None

Latin for Children B (LC201)

LFC B continues to train students in grammar, vocabulary, and English derivatives in an engaging, interactive way. Chants, games, derivatives, and reading history excerpts in Latin not only help students of every learning style master the material, but also teach valuable study tools for all subjects.

Parent Role: Guide for dependent study

Prerequisites: Latin for Children A

Music V (MU501)

History: In depth exposure to the music of the Romantic Period and the 20th-21st Centuries with a continued emphasis on making connections between music, the visual arts, and broad socio-historical themes.

Performance/Theory: Students continue to sing songs with increasingly complex rhythmic and melodic content, using both solfeggio syllables (do, re, mi, etc.) and pitch names. Recorders III – Students will rehearse and perform solo and ensemble pieces. They will increase their music vocabulary as they exercise listening skills including period and composer identification. Fundamentals of Harmony II – Students will continue working with the concepts of key and scale.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Visual Art IV (A401)

In Visual art, students will develop an appreciation and understanding of art as they are introduced to great artists throughout history, each year beginning with a basic timeline to gain an appreciation of art history. Student will develop an appreciation of beauty, creativity, color, line, texture, composition as they are exposed to different art mediums and techniques. They will have fun and be inspired as they enjoy art in its various forms.

Students will deepen their understanding and mastery of the seven basic elements of art and principles of design. They will integrate what they are learning in history with art as they learn from great artists during the modern times 1850s-1950s. They will grow in their appreciation for art, continue to explore the techniques and mediums of the masters, while continuing to grow in drawing and sketching as we continue through through Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Joyful Discovery IV (JD401)

Joyful Discovery is a hands on, interactive course using a variety of units to nourish a child’s natural curiosity and to encourage a love for learning. Fourth through seventh grade students will…

Draw conclusions in nature about how God orders creation for His glory.

Appreciate other cultures around the world.

Learn the importance of food and preparation.

Develop skills in handiworks such as sewing, woodworking or other craft.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Literature/Drama V (L/D501)

Students will deepen their understanding of fiction as they learn about characterization, basic plot, cause and effect, setting, and theme. Using poetry, speeches and autobiographical missionary accounts, students will learn how to express themselves using various genres of literature. Students will develop an appreciation for theater as they study play production, costuming and props through drama. Students will have the opportunity to explore the stage as they recreate a theatrical production taken from a classic story.

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Physical Education V (P501)

Students will advance in their fitness skills and develop further understanding of rules and techniques of games and sports. They will develop a joy of play as they learn to work in teams and use good sportsmanship..

Parent Role: Motivator/encourager

Prerequisites: None

Upper Grammar-Leadership 5 (Lea5)

As students begin gaining independence, the desire is to prepare them for the logic years. Students will focus on personal disciplines such as study skills, time management, and inter & intra-personal skills discussed from a Christian worldview to give them important tools for the future.

Parent Role: Guide for Dependent/Independent Study

Prerequisites: 5th grade or equivalent