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What to Expect in Fifth Grade


Developing resiliency while preparing for adolescence. Life’s disappointments will come and go in this life and it is important that students learn to deal with an imperfect world and their role in participating with energy, zeal and renewed commitment despite temporary failings. Learning to “press on” despite set-backs is a significant character trait to develop.

Physical Education

  • Tag and ball games
  • Rules
  • Jogging/running 5 min. daily
  • Volleyball skills
  • Basketball skills
  • Juggling 3 items
  • Badminton skills
  • Tennis and handball
  • Bowling
  • Skating and Ripsticks
  • Jump rope
  • Kickball skills
  • Soccer Tournament
  • Hockey skills
  • Baseball skills
  • Presidential Fitness Testing


  • Life Science
      - Plant and animal life cycles
      - Classification System
      - Cells
      - Body systems

  • Earth Science
      - Oceans and landforms
      - Earth's cycles
      - Carbon and nitrogen cycles 

  • Physical Science
      - Energy
      - Properties of matter
      - Motion and machines
      - Newton's Laws
      - Lego Robotics and Engineering

  • ExxonMobil Science Fair


  • Fraction computations
  • Basic algebra computations
  • Decimal computations
  • Number sense
  • Geometric terms and computations
  • Order of operations
  • Graphing
  • Percentages
  • Rounding whole numbers and decimals

Social Studies

  • Geography skills (US map/states & capitals)
  • Native American groups
  • Early explorers
  • Early settlements in America
  • Thirteen colonies
  • The American Revolution
  • Early American government
  • Current American government
  • The Civil War

English (Language)

  • Sentence types
  • Prepositions
  • Verbs
  • Nouns
  • Capitalization, commas, quotation marks
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs


  • Personal narrative
  • Persuasive writing
  • Research report
  • Compare/contrast
  • Descriptive writing
  • How-to writing
  • Memories of days at Northland


  • Comprehension skills (literal/inferred)
  • Exposure to different genre types (historical fiction, mystery, tall tale, etc.)
  • Main idea
  • Characterization
  • Literary terms (plot, setting, theme, etc.)
  • Figurative language, idioms, etc.


  • Commonly misspelled words
  • Common spelling rules/patterns
  • Words from curriculum (Bible books, state capitals, etc.)
  • Consonant changes in words
  • Vowel changes in words
  • Silent/sounded consonants
  • Words with foreign roots
  • Commonly confused terms
  • Using spell check in word processing

General Music

  • Recorder unit
  • Letter names on staff
  • Complex rhythms
  • Composition
  • Singing in harmony
  • Square dancing
  • Reader's Theater

Global Bible Concepts

  • Stewardship and ministry
  • Life and Ministry of Christ
  • Old Testament survey
  • Christian worldview

Developmental Traits

  • Responsibility with actions and work
  • Leading younger students
  • Honesty
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Greater independence with work
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Independent thinking

School Expectations

  • Lead the younger grades by example
  • Show respect for adults and peers
  • Demonstrate kindness
  • Respect for the physical campus
  • Put forth best effort in all things
  • Honor teachers and administrators 
  • Complete assignments 
  • Attend to teacher instruction
  • Maintain an atmosphere of learning

Parental Expectations

  • Support teacher decisions
  • Support functions and activities of school
  • Ensure punctuality and school attendance 
  • Allow student independence
  • Provide academic support when necessary

Memory Milestone Markers

  • Memory book
  • Memories chapel
  • Graduation

School Trips or Significant Events

  • Science Fair (judged by Exxon Mobil Science Ambassadors)
  • Reading Novel Parties*
  • Manners Unit in Bible followed up with special Manners Lunch
  • Patriotic Celebration
  • Christmas Concert
  • Spring Musical Concert
  • Orchestra (Optional. Additional fee required for instrument rental and purchase of music.)
  • Good Will Tours
  • Square Dancing
  • Recorder Unit in Music*
  • Physical Education Show* (additional costume items may be required.)
  • Science Night
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Competition
  • Field Day*
  • Stone Soup Celebration
  • Classroom parties
  • Math League Competition
  • National Geography Challenge 
  • National Science Challenge
  • Trip to the Renaissance Festival*
  • Trip to Bayou Wildlife Park*
  • Trip to the Kemah Boardwalk*
  • Graduation
*Included in class activity fees. 

Additional Fees 

  • School Supplies: $125--$135 yearly range
  • Activity Fee: $75-$85 per semester to cover travel related expenses
  • Honor Choir: Optional program - additional fee required for those who choose to participate, approximately $75.
  • TCSA Academic Meet - By qualification - additional fee required for those who choose to participate, approximately $200.
  • Duke Talent Identification Program: By qualification - additional fee required for those who choose to participate, under $50.
  • Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search: By qualification - additional fees apply for those who choose to participate, under $50.
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted: By qualification - additional fee required for those who choose to participate.

All fees and supplies are subject to the market pricing
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