Grade 5

Fifth grade is a special year where students grow academically, spiritually and emotionally in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to the year’s diverse educational curriculum, students look forward to participating in special activities, such as weekly service work with the Ursuline Sisters, becoming reading buddies with first graders, and performing in the annual Fifth Grade Play. Children learn crucial skills in studying, responsibility, respect for themselves and others, preparing them for Mount Merici’s sixth grade and beyond!

Social Studies

In Fifth Grade, students gain an important knowledge of United States History. Students will learn about Native Americans, Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, Lewis and Clark and the Civil War, and other time periods throughout the year. We make learning fun with various hands-on and home projects!


The year is filled with exploration of rocks and minerals, volcanoes, invertebrates and vertebrates! Students learn about the human body, its skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems. Science gets really exciting with various experiences and projects learning about electricity.


The religion curriculum in Fifth Grade includes the use of the Faith First series. Students are required to keep a reflective journal. Students explore the lives of saints and people who lived with extraordinary influence of good values, and learn how they can be guided by similar values of kindness, compassion and service to those in need.


Students read a variety of interesting novels, including The Lion the Witch and the Wordrobe, Ella Enchanted, Frindle, Holes, and Espiranza Rising as a whole class or in smaller reading groups. We will also be doing an author study on Roald Dahl and a unit on Shakespeare. Students create book report projects that focus on different genres including realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, biographies, mystery and adventure.


Fifth grade offers students opportunity to improve and build upon their writing skills. Grammar units will be based on individual and class needs as evidenced in various writing projects.


The Saxon Math program will be used and enriched with various “Math Labs” that explore consumer mathematics, geometry, logic and mathematical problem solving.


Spelling is taught through individualized weekly spelling lists, accountability in everyday writing and vocabulary building. Fifth grade also explores Greek and Latin roots of words.

Fifth graders also participate in Music, French, physical education, computer instruction, school-wide service projects and special events.

Morning and After School Care services are available. Contact us for more information!