Fifth Grade

Fifth grade students continue to develop independence and leadership skills as they rotate among teachers for core academic classes and manage increasing workloads and extracurricular activities.

From writing two to five-paragraph papers, to tackling real-world problems in math, to building and erupting volcano models, fifth grade students are stepping into a more rigorous phase of their education. Fifth graders have many new opportunities to represent St. Paul from the field, to the court, to the stage, and they begin to prepare for the leadership roles they will embrace in sixth grade.

While challenging, fifth grade is also an exciting experience for students as they begin to feel the joy of accomplishing weightier tasks and the wonder of bigger ideas and deeper discussions in the classroom. An overview of the fifth grade core curriculum follows.


Fifth Grade students connect the dots in the New Testament by focusing on the person of Christ, who is the fulfillment of God’s promises. Lessons draw from the Gospels and build a multi-faceted portrait of Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of God’s people. Students are provided opportunities to reflect on the heart of each lesson through activities such as writing, drawing, and acting.

Language Arts

Students continue developing reading comprehension skills such as identifying author’s purpose, reading for explicit information, determining cause and effect and identifying main ideas. Award-winning classics of children’s literature are read, as well as short stories and poetry, as students enhance their skills of inferring, analyzing, synthesizing, predicting, summarizing, and making judgments. Much of student writing is directly related to their literature study including descriptive writing, forming and supporting an opinion, writing a creative ending to a novel, writing poetry, and beginning mastery of the 5-paragraph essay. Students spend time in vocabulary study and develop a greater understanding of how the parts of speech work together to form good sentence structure as well as how to apply the rules of mechanics and grammar properly.


The Everyday Math Curriculum is continued in fifth grade. The routines and algorithms the students use provide continued practice to build and solidify skills throughout the year. The content provides all students with a balanced mathematics curriculum that is rich in real-world problem-solving opportunities and stretches critical thinking skills. Students continue to explore concepts more deeply, expanding their work with negative numbers, decimals, fractions, percents and exponents as well as further exploring the properties, relationships, and measurement of 2- and 3-dimensional objects. Throughout the year, they analyze patterns and relationships, and grow in their ability to explain their mathematical thinking.     


Fifth grade science is a lab-based program that uses a variety of teaching strategies to further students’ understanding of science. Much of the year focuses on physical science, introducing students to the Periodic Table of Elements and developing a basic understanding of chemistry concepts. Building on their previous work in Earth Science, the layers of the earth, landforms, the ocean floor, natural disasters and weather are explored. Life science units include nutrition and ecosystems. Fifth graders culminate the year with an extended field trip to Tybee Island, Georgia, where they have an up close and personal experience of the wonder of creation in all its interdependency.


Students are introduced to world history in fifth and sixth grade. Fifth grade focuses on ancient history including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Greeks and the Roman Republic. Students review basic map and geography skills, practice research skills, grow in their understanding of the timeline of history and are exposed to different cultures.

What is your favorite thing about fifth grade?

"A normal day at school because I am always excited to come to school; the work we do is fun."
"I was a new student in 5th grade this year and I was surprised how nice everyone was!"
"Reading the Chronicles of Narnia!"



Travel to Tybee Island, Georgia for a hands-on science trip

Create a replica of an atom

Attend the Nashville Symphony

Participate in football, basketball, and St. Paul Players, in addition to cross country, track and spirit team.

Study Egyptian writing as part of learning about ancient civilizations

Play guitar in music

Dress up for the fifth grade tradition of Pig Day

Learn about acids, bases, and the Periodic Table of Elements in science

Continue reading books in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, as well as Where the Red Fern Grows, Bridge to Terabithia, and Island of the Blue Dolphins

Learn about the history and art of other countries in World Languages and Cultures

Participate in service projects

... and many more adventures!