Students refine and master skills for language development. Focus is on main idea, summarizing, generalizing, inferencing, sequencing, cause and effect, fact and opinion, and drawing conclusions. Students continue to read contemporary and classic literature in several genres. Students are able to organize information and analyze in more depth the use of characterization, plot, conflict, and setting.
Student writing builds on previously learned concepts as students link ideas and produce final, error-free pieces. Specific grammar units in usage and mechanics are taught, supplemented with daily oral language activities. Students incorporate research in cross-curricular areas as they learn to select multiple pieces of text to complete research-based writing assignments. Vocabulary development is another focus of language development.
Students continue to build their knowledge of number theory, number operations, quantitative and spatial reasoning skills, and problem-solving techniques. Students continue to master operational skills using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. These operational skills are combined with instruction in analyzing charts, graphs, shapes, and space, along with problem-solving applications.
Religion is designed to acquaint students with the concepts of faith. Topics include Law and Gospel, confession, and repentance, forgiveness and grace, while emphasizing the actions of God on behalf of His people. Lessons in Grade Five reflect the need for the Law, which shows us our sins, and for the Gospel, which leads us to see God’s grace. These lessons encourage students to lead a daily life in Christ through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Students also study both the Old and New Testaments and apply the Word in developing God-pleasing relationships with one another.
Science includes the planning and implementing of field and laboratory investigations as students integrate the scientific method into their study. Students study life, physical, and earth sciences. Areas of emphasis include cells, life structures, ecosystems, atmosphere and weather, water on Earth, Earth’s changing surface, the solar system, and properties and structure of matter. Students also participate in a Science Demonstration Day where they research and demonstrate a scientific concept. These demonstrations are performed for other students at Lutheran South Academy. Students use the computer for science research activities.
Students learn the history of the United States from exploration through the 20th Century. Topics include early exploration, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the establishment of the United States, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and major events during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Students study the roots of democratic governance in our nation and its important ideals. Study including the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Customs, celebrations, and contributions of various racial and ethnic groups, inventors, and scientists are identified and discussed.
Students continue the TPRS method of storytelling to develop Spanish language skills. The goal is to develop fluency. Students learn new commands and numbers up to one thousand. Students learn additional vocabulary for clothing, as well as for pastime activities. Continued emphasis is placed on cultural and seasonal celebrations .
Students demonstrate competence and improved accuracy in manipulative skills. Basic skills including jumping rope, catching, and throwing are used in games. Students continue to learn game strategies, rules, and sportsmanship. Students match different physical activities to health-related fitness components and learn ways to improve fitness based on frequency, intensity, and time.
Students study art through the four basic strands of perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation. Students use art to respond to and demonstrate understanding of concepts across curriculum.
Fifth Grade Band students begin learning a band instrument, grow in their knowledge of music, and participate in group activity. Band is an outlet of self expression to the glory of God. Students participate in instrumental music two days per week.
Students continue to develop musical skill through vocal development. Proper singing technique is developed through vocal warm-ups, rounds, counter melodies and polyphonic harmonies in songs. Games, dances, sheet music and other resources promote musical literacy. Students also learn how music relates to history and culture through the study of composers and influential compositions. Students participate in two performances a year: a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Class meets one day per week.
Students continue to develop their keyboarding skills in conjunction with word processing. They expand their computer knowledge through the use of the computer to complete cross-curricular assignments and projects.