5th Grade - Mrs. Susan Dixon

Welcome to my classroom page! Below you will find important information regarding the class curriculum. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

5th Gr Pic



Religion (200 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Defines sacrament as an outward sign of God’s love for us
• Identifies the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith broken down into sacraments of initiation, healing, and commitment
• Celebrates the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Reconciliation
• Understands sacraments as celebrations of life
• Sees Jesus as the sacrament of God’s presence
• Recognizes the Catholic Church as the Sacrament of Jesus’ presence in the world
• Studies and prays psalms
• Reads various New Testament sources
• Enhances masses by participating and preparing Liturgy/Prayer
• Participates in morning offering and petitions, noon prayers, and afternoon prayers
• Employs various prayer forms, including the traditional prayer
• Performs the Rosary and attends Stations of the Cross
• Attends weekly Mass
Social Justice
• Participates in volunteer activities which aid those in need, the poor, and the elderly
• Assists primary children during weekly Masses


Language Arts (625 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Builds vocabulary through understanding of word structure, use of synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms, as well as the use of the dictionary and thesaurus
• Increases comprehension through prediction, inference, comparison, and the drawing of conclusions
• Understands cause and effect
• Differentiates between fact and opinion
• Identifies story elements as wells as author’s point of view
• Employs various reference tools to effectively find information within books, journals, newspapers, and libraries, as wells as accessing online information
• Reading point goals set every quarter through use of Accelerated Reader and Scholastic Reading Counts
• Utilizes writing process strategies: pre-writing, rough draft, proof reading, revising, and final copy
• Constructs effective writings of varying length to include single and multiple paragraph works
• Develops writings of different genres to include: comparative, explanatory, expository, personal narrative, persuasive, and story writing
• Produces a research paper using multiple sources, including the correct citing of sources
• Writes using captivating wording, correct grammar, and mechanics
Listening and Speaking
• Processes oral information in order to formulate thought- provoking questions to enhance learning
• Edifies through engaging and informational oral presentations
• Engages in constructive dialogue
• Clarifies views with supportive examples


Mathematics (250 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
Number Sense
• Works comfortable with very large (millions) and very small (thousandths) numbers
• Utilizes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with multi-digit whole numbers and decimals
• Understands number line placement of integers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers
• Identifies least common multiple and greatest common factor of number pairs
• Equates proper, improper, and mixed fractions
• Uses rounding and compatible numbers to estimate
• Adds and subtracts negative numbers
Algebra and Functions
• Constructs and solves simple algebraic expressions with one variable
• Places ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
• Graphs simple algebraic expressions
• Maps and extends geometric and numeric patterns
Measurement and Geometry
• Chooses appropriate unit of measure for weight, length, volume, and temperature
• Employs correct terminology with regard to line, angle, circle, and three-dimensional rectangular prisms
• Calculates perimeter and area of a variety of polygons and circles
• Finds the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms
• Explores tessellation, translation, reflection, and figure rotation
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
• Calculates mean, mode, and median of a given set of numbers
• Employs appropriate types of graphs to most effectively display data
• Utilizes graphs to predict trends
Mathematical Reasoning
• Deciphers information in word problems to determine means to arrive at its successful solution
• Utilizes various strategies to problem solve
• Makes precise calculations and verifies to assure validity


Science (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
Physical Science
• Sequences the complexity of atoms, elements, and compounds, and understands how the inter-relate to make all types of matter
• Observes various properties of matter and how it may change states
• Classifies various forms of energy and their transfer 
Earth Science
• Diagrams the following cycles: water, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide/oxygen
• Assess the Earth’s weather through the analysis of the moment of air masses
• Compares Earth with its moon, the sun, and the planets in our solar system
Life Science
• Classifies living things
• Understands the development of body systems from single cells
• Investigates plant adaptations and processes
Investigation and Experimentation
• Asks meaningful questions and participates in investigations to develop further understanding of concepts


Social Studies (175 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Traces earliest migration of prehistoric tribes into North America and their adaptations to the environment
• Identifies various explorers and their accomplishments
• Studies: colonization, independence, government formation, western frontier expansion, and the division of the union
• Distinguishes various geographic regions within the United states and understands the relationship between human survival      and the land
• Locates the 50 states and identifies their capitals 

• Recognizes the significance of trade between Europe and the Americas
• Studies the economies of the early colonies
• Analyzes the British debt after the French and Indian War
• Understands the importance of a dependable monetary system in the young United States
• Sees the USA as a pluralistic society
• Role-plays life as an explorer
• Role-plays life at the dawn of the Revolutionary War
Ethics and Beliefs
• Distinguishes between Puritan, Quaker, and Native American belief systems
• Contrasts the arguments for and against slavery in the United States
Social and Political Systems
• Compares Native American and Colonial American cultures
• Juxtaposes matriarchal and democratic forms of government


Computer (45 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Uses formal typing skills to correctly format and type a paragraph
• Continues to polish and enhance formal keyboarding skills using proper technique
• Increases typing speed by 5 words per minute-timed typing tests
• Introduction to bibliography, proper format, and using special keys and fonts
• Learns correct computer terminology
• Learns to use Excel-fitting data to cells and graphing
• Cuts, copies, and pastes text
• Discusses and understands computer etiquette and computer ethics


Physical Education (90 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
Exercise and Calisthenics and Sports Skills
• Participates in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program
• Plays agility games and relay races
• Takes part in and learns the rules for: basketball, football, baseball, and volleyball
• Builds good sportsmanship and teamwork
• Improves ball skills
• Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition


Fine Arts (90 Minimum Weekly Minutes)
• Uses various media including pencil, crayon, chalk History
• Studies a variety of artists throughout history
• Emulates simplified versions of various artists’ techniques
Music Appreciation
• Sings various songs
• Studies basic note and key signatures


Educational Field Trips

Book List: A variety of books are available in the school library. You may print out a list of acceptable books from the school website: http://www.stbarbara.com


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