Fifth Grade


The key areas of the fifth grade math curriculum include numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra, probability, data analysis and problem solving. The curriculum is formulated from Common Core and the NCTM Standards. The textbook that is used is My Math by McGraw Hill. There is an emphasis placed on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals and fractions with an added stress on place value and estimation. Through investigation, students gain an understanding of how numbers can be described and classified. They actively use factors, multiples, rules of divisibility, prime, composite and square numbers. The relationship between fractions, decimals and percent is emphasized as students solve problems.

Applying math to other disciplines is stressed. Students use formulas to find the area of various geometric and plane figures, use a protractor to measure angles, calculate and interpret graph tendencies and communicate their thinking.

Students access Mathletics, an online, individualized program that helps students to master and maintain grade level math standards.


SJS’s fifth grade Science curriculum helps students to develop inquiry skills, to use the scientific method and to understand the relationship between science and technology. Through student participation in various hands on activities, group projects and experiments basic science knowledge can be built upon and reinforced. The textbook used for science is Science Fusion with emphasis on the digital lesson component through the Think Central website.

Some of the content areas of the curriculum include Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space Science. 


The goal of the Religion curriculum is to help students deepen their faith as they develop practical ways to live the social mission of the Church. 

Emphasis is placed on locating Scripture passages in the Bible, a deeper understanding of grace and the Seven Sacraments and a greater understanding of the Eucharistic celebration. Students are encouraged to participate in the weekly Mass by serving as readers, cantors, choir members, gift bearers and altar servers. They also act as role models for their kindergarten buddies. Fifth grade students develop their knowledge of Scripture and Tradition, different types of prayer, seasons and feasts of the Church, and Mysteries of the Rosary. They are also encouraged to participate in the numerous missionary activities of the school and have many opportunities for daily prayer. Religion is incorporated into all aspects of the fifth grade curriculum. The textbook used is Blest Are We.

Language Arts

St. Joseph’s fifth grade language arts curriculum is comprised of reading, spelling, language, and writing skills.  Students are involved in reading everyday whether it is D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), being read to, or orally reading as a class.  It is St. Joseph’s goal to help our students become life-long readers.  Attention is placed on teaching the student listening skills to listen for specific purposes, participating in discussions, practice using their oral skills, and using descriptive language.

The Language Arts curriculum stresses:

Reading Comprehension-the process of constructing meaning from texts, coupled with increased vocabulary.  This is integrated throughout the entire curriculum in all content areas.  Students will read and be able to identify a variety of literary genres.  The reading series used at Saint Joseph’s is Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Students also use Sadlier's Vocabulary Workshop and interactive textbook to better support vocabulary and spelling development.

Writing- Writing skills are enhanced upon.  Students are instructed in the writing process, especially in the application of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization rules. The writing series used at St. Joseph’s is Strategies for Writers by Zaner-Bloser.


Grammar Workshop is used to help students understand the conventions of standard English.

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum focuses on the events, ideas,a nd technological advances that shaped America from the 1850's to the present. Students learn how the evolution of the U.S. Constitution impacts the American way of life. We explore the economic developments of the U.S. in terms of geography, industry, agriculture, and transportation. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's, The United States: Civil War to Present, is our textbook.