The Fifth Grade Math course presents topics fundamental to mathematical literacy and mathematical power for intermediate level students. An integral part of the learning process is the review of earlier concepts and procedures in which students use previously learned skills to develop proficiency with more advanced concepts. Problem solving, hands-on work with manipulatives (concrete materials), and mathematical reasoning extend students’ learning.
The Fifth Grade Religion program focuses on the beliefs of the Catholic Church and the teachings of Jesus with a strong emphasis on the Sacraments, the Mass, and the Saints. The students learn about the Benedictine Values and how to incorporate them in their daily lives. We also spend time discussing proper actions and skills involved in getting along with others. Students are encouraged to put their faith into action by fulfilling required service hours. Students also make monthly visits to the sisters at the St. Walburg Monastery.
The Fifth Grade Science course implements the national science standards within the context of Kentucky and Diocesan science criteria. The process of inquiry is continuously reinforced, while the content focuses on life science, physical science, and earth science. The program provides hands- on experiences using the scientific method which increase concept development. Students are able to relate science to their own lives, and apply this knowledge to unfamiliar situations.
The Fifth Grade Social Studies students study American history. This program incorporates the five themes of geography (understanding location, place, human-environment interactions, the movement of people, trade and ideas, and regions) which helps students organize and demonstrate geographic knowledge. The activities provide for a variety of learning styles, such as auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. Strategies are used to incorporate photographs, artwork and maps for the teaching of important historical and social concepts. Unit projects set the stage for the students to participate in a cooperative setting that encourages language development in a high interest, hands-on experience.