Elementary School

Grade 5 Curriculum

St. Mary’s 5th grade is a transitional year in which students prepare to enter the middle school. Students rotate through a three-period block schedule. This does not indicate, however, that subjects are taught in isolation. Thematic planning and integration of technology with all content areas draws the curriculum into a cohesive unit.

5th Grade Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Language Arts

    The language arts program is literature-based, and enhanced by the addition of novels. The novels, carefully chosen to complement the content areas, allow students to make connections, and see that reading is everywhere. Instructional vocabulary is integrated into spelling, grammar and content areas. Intermediate writing, integrates grammar, punctuation and reading skills. Writing instruction covers narrative, expository, persuasive, explanatory and comparative pieces.
  • Math and Science

    Math Skills are introduced in whole group and supported by a variety of activities and manipulatives. Skills introduced in the primary grades are practiced and reinforced with the addition of multiplication, division, fractions, long division and place value. It is at this stage that application of math skills becomes a major focus. Problem solving strategies include making lists, too much/too little information and multi-step word problems. Observation and exploration of our world are the basis of the intermediate level Science Curriculum. Science units developed in the Primary grades are now studied in greater depth. Extensive labs and integrated technology are evident in every science unit.
  • Social Studies and Religion

    Intermediate Science and Social Studies are linked to the Language Arts program. The Social Studies curriculum begins with the history of the U.S., progresses to the exploration of the regions, and an in-depth study of the State of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Students are taught to create and interpret timelines and apply this information to Reading, Science and Religion. Skills are refined using hands-on activities, media center research projects and technology. Religion is taught as a whole group and integrated into Social Studies, Language Arts, Science and Technology. Activities continue to involve the family and the community as we proclaim our Catholic identity.
  • Foreign Language

    The Foreign Language Curriculum develops listening and comprehension skills in an atmosphere of fun and creativity. General Spanish vocabulary relates to the thematic units, with commands and directions given in Spanish.
  • Specials

    In Art, the Intermediate level student develops an understanding of art history, art concepts, theory and techniques. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively as they weave art into all aspects of the curriculum.

    The Music Curriculum explores vocal music and movement in grades K-5 and further opportunities for students to experience music are offered through our Band Program for students in grades K-8.

    Physical Education classes encorporate a variety of team and individual opportunities that increase the students physical health, while promoting sportsmanship and teamwork.

    Using our best critical thinking skills, STEM class highlights the use of integrated technologies, recycled materials, and challeging objectives to shine a light on this vibrant strand of instruction.


List of 2 items.

  • Report Cards

    A report card is a trimester report from the child's teacher that indicates the child's progress. Conferences may be scheduled by teacher or parent at any time.
  • Progress Reports

    Students in grades 3-8 will receive a progress report in the event of academic concern in a particular subject area.

Grading Scale

Marking Codes Grades 3-8

A+ = 97-100
A = 93-96
B+ = 89-92
B = 85-88
C+ = 80-84
C = 75-79
D = 70-74
E = 69 and Below

Specials Achievement Comments

P = Demonstrates Proficiency
V = Very Good Progress
G = Good
S = Satisfactory
I = Improvement Needed
N = Not Yet Demonstrating