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Fifth Grade Scope

What Your Child Will Learn in Calvert School's Fifth Grade Course

Below are highlights of the Fifth Grade curriculum. For the full course outlines, download the files below by right-clicking each link and choosing "Save Link As."

Download the Core course outline.

Download the Grammar/Composition/Spelling course outline.

Download the Calvert Math course outline.

Download the Math in Focus course outline.


  • Reading children’s classics and Newbery Award winners
  • Developing critical thinking and comprehension skills

Spelling & Vocabulary

  • Reinforcing correct spelling through daily exercises and spelling strategies
  • Reviewing commonly misspelled words
  • Introducing cross-curricular words
  • Integrating spelling with phonics, vocabulary studies, reading, and writing


  • Writing reports and original stories
  • Paragraphing
  • Outlining subjects from History, Reading, Geography, and Science lessons


  • Identifying the eight parts of speech
  • Types of sentences
  • Subject; predicate
  • Correct usage


Calvert Math

  • Multiplying up to three digits
  • Geometry points, lines, and rays
  • Measuring angles
  • Adding mixed numerals and decimals
  • Multiplying and dividing decimals
  • Adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying fractions
  • Perimeter, area, volume
  • Statistics, graphing, and probability
  • Ratios and percents

Math in Focus

  • Multiplying and dividing by tens, hundreds, and thousands
  • Multiplying multiple-digit numbers by two-digit numbers
  • Reading and writing ratios
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Graphing equations, determining the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes


  • Studying plants
  • Weather and climate
  • Energy
  • Matter
  • Earth and its resources
  • Ecosystems
  • The human body


Lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tools are integrated with the curriculum, particularly Science.

  • Practicing keyboarding and touch typing
  • Intermediate word processing and desktop publishing
  • Database and Internet research skills
  • Graphs, tables, and formulas in spreadsheets
  • Creating databases
  • Basic HTML
  • Using presentation software


  • Memorizing
  • Reading
  • Literary devices
  • Symbolism


Surveying American history from ancient civilizations through September 11, 2001

  • Emphasizing early American Indian cultures and colonization
  • The Revolution
  • Westward expansion
  • The Civil War and its aftermath
  • Industrialization
  • The United States in the 20th century


  • Exploring the five themes of geography
  • Studying the United States by region, with focus on landforms, waterways, natural resources, parks, monuments, cities, state capitals, industry, agriculture, and climate
  • State reports
  • Extending map and globe skills
  • Canada and Latin America

Art History

Using A Child’s History of Art: Painting, by Hillyer and Huey, cover paintings from Ancient Egypt through the modern art movement


Learning different art techniques, including contour, naturalism, murals, and linear perspective; applying techniques discussed in Art History

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