Grade 5

5th Grade Curriculum


Areas of study include: An in-depth assessment of the Seven Sacraments, traditions of the Catholic Church, the importance of the celebration of Mass and the Eucharist.  Students also participate in community service programs sponsored by the school.


A balanced literacy approach is achieved through the use of the McGraw Hill Wonders reading program. Areas of study include: spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension, listening skills, summarizing, identifying story elements, making predictions, drawing conclusions, making inferences, identifying the main idea and key details, and cause and effect relationships. Students study various genres of text including: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, myth, drama, poetry, biography, narrative non-fiction, and expository text. A variety of teaching methods are implemented during reading instruction, including direct instruction, small/whole group instruction, and guided reading. In addition, multisensory instruction is used as needed, through the use of Orton-Gillingham based methodology such as Preventing Academic Failure (PAF).

NOTE: Daily independent reading both at home and in school is a very important part of the total reading program. Reading at home, both independently and aloud, and annotating the texts is greatly encouraged.


Through the use of Judith Hochman’s evidence-based approach to writing instruction, students focus on the writing process, drafting, peer conferencing, editing, revising, and publishing. Students utilize quick outlines, summary outlines, transitional outlines, and multiple paragraph outlines to organize their writing prior to drafting paragraphs and essays.


Units of study include: number sense, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, probability, fractions, decimals, and solving single and multi-step word problems.


Units of study include: astronomy and the solar system, weather and climate, matter and energy, ecosystems and health and nutrition.

Social Studies

Areas of study include: map skills, geography (including oceans, landforms, continents, hemispheres, latitude and longitude), regions of the United States, the history, geography, and culture of Latin America, European explorers, early European settlements and colonization, the struggle for North America (French and Spanish involvement in North America), the American Revolution and the United States government.

  • Homework is assigned daily.  
  • Students receive approximately 45-60 minutes of homework each evening.

JCOS has a wonderful system for updating students’ homework assignments and upcoming tests. It is a web-based system called SchoolNotes. You can access the system at Once you access the system, you need to sign up as a parent. You should scroll down to the bottom of the web page to the part that indicates parent sign up. You should “Search by School” for JCOS. There is a drop down menu that asks for the country, state, district (private for JCOS, regardless of your district of residence), and the school’s name. Once you have completed this registration process, you will then be able to locate your child’s homeroom, reading, and math teachers. You can subscribe to each teacher’s page so that you will receive emails directly from SchoolNotes to let you know when the teacher has updated his/her page. There is also a link on each teacher’s page where you can email the teacher directly.  JCOS faculty and staff are most willing to respond to communication from parents. Your expectation for a response should be within 24 hours during the school week between the hours of 3-6 pm. If you need immediate assistance, you should call the office directly. SchoolNotes is wonderful communication tool between families and the school.
In addition to SchoolNotes, the children also write their homework down in their planners each day. It is important to check your child’s planner each day as well as to check his/her folder for any handouts, flyers, or other important information.