Fifth Grade

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.


The main focus is on how Jesus gave the Church the Seven Sacraments. The students continue to:

  • Develop their prayer life
  • Read and study from the Bible
  • Gain understanding of the Liturgical year
  • Learn about Catholic Social Teachings and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Character development continues through the school-wide SPIRIT

The Sadlier We Believe (2011) program supports our curriculum.


We use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys (2011) to support this curriculum.

  • Developing reading fluency through read-aloud and partner reading
  • Find the meaning of words from text
  • Improve comprehension through book talks/literature groups and by completing graphic organizers to compare/contrast, find cause/effect, story map, fact/opinion or author purpose
  • Build phonic and word analysis in spelling
  • Write to inform/explain, show point of view, or as a narrative/creative to demonstrate sequencing
  • Research, write research paper, and present information
  • Use technology to research and write reports with pictures/graphs
  • Find supporting details from reading to support answers
  • Summarize what they have read
  • Grammar rules


While continuing the concept taught in fourth grade in Saxon Math (2008), the fifth graders work on these new concepts:

  • Read and write whole numbers through 999,999,999,999
  • Read and write numbers in expanded notation
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers
  • Find the greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiple (LCM)
  • Find the percent of a group or set
  • Describe planes
  • Identify and describe interior and exterior angles and use a protractor
  • Calculate to find unknown angle measures
  • Find the measure of a circle
  • Solve problems involving scale factors
  • Represent and interpret data using histograms


The FOSS Full Option Science System (2012) supports this curriculum.

  • Study the water cycle and the effects of surface area, temperature, and earth materials on evaporation and condensation
  • Examine the properties of water including its three phases and surface tension
  • Explore how systems in the natural and designed world use motion and force to transfer energy and make something work
  • Create models and construct products to meet certain criteria
  • Identify what organisms need to survive and their relationships with each other within their environments
  • Observe changes in organisms over time and discover their range of tolerance for environmental factors, whether natural or manmade
  • Learn and apply the steps of the Scientific Method by developing and carrying out experiments

Social Studies

The emphasis is on Minnesota and U.S. History and Government.

  • Locate important cities, rivers, landforms, and counties of Minnesota
  • Examine Minnesota government
  • Identify important persons, places, and events of Minnesota history in completing a research paper
  • Study explorers and reasons for exploring North and South America
  • Learn of the development of colonial America, influential people in the development of America, and the causes and outcome of the Revolutionary War
  • Explore the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Amendments of the U.S.A.
  • Examine the causes and effects of the Civil War

The Social Studies curriculum is supported by Houghton Mifflin (2008).


Major Focus:

  • Google Apps for Education
    • Sharing documents with other students and their teacher
    • Other features of Google
  • Comic Life and related software programs
  • Integrate classroom research projects with learned software technologies.