The Fifth Grade Learning Experience
Curriculum is a top priority at Fredericksburg Christian School. If we are to stay focused on our mission of training the next generation of Christian leaders, it is vital that we offer them the best academic program possible in keeping with God’s excellent character and expectations. This curriculum guide is designed to provide an overview of the program at each grade level in order for you to understand what students are taught each year at FCS.
As part of our partnership with parents, we desire for you to be informed and involved in your child’s education. We hope that this information is helpful. Please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information.
Authentic biblical worldview integration is an important component of the curriculum at FCS. We strive for students to view every subject area as a way to better know the character of God and learn more about His creation, mankind, moral order and purpose for our lives. Both Christian and secular textbooks are used to develop in students a biblical worldview and teach them wisdom, discernment and critical thinking in all things.
Ultimately, the quality of our curriculum rests in the skillful hands of teachers and is an outgrowth of their commitment to Christian education and excellence in academics. Luke 6:40 says that one who is fully trained will be like his teacher; this is a sobering challenge for every teacher and reminds us of our incredible calling to point to Christ in every area, including our school curriculum.
Our areas of study include:
Language Arts – Fifth grade students apply their reading skills in every subject area and practice reading on a daily basis. Students also maintain their reading skills and explore literary concepts through a class reading and study of Sign of the Beaver; Treasures of the Snow; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Secret Garden and The Bronze Bow. Vocabulary-building and comprehension skills are integrated throughout the program. Students thoroughly study the structure of sentences including parts of speech, types of sentences, vocabulary, grammar, usage and mechanics. Opportunities are given regularly for students to write about a variety of topics and experience the complete writing process (including research). Students also receive daily oral and written editing practice. Participation in the ACSI Creative Writing Festival is encouraged in 4th-8th grades.
Social Studies -History, geography, culture, economics, civics and current affairs are the foundation of the social studies program through which we seek to learn about God’s providence in His world. In fifth grade, students continue their chronological study of American history during the 20th century, including such topics as World War I, The Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression & New Deal, and World War II.
Science – The study of God’s world through science is exciting and full of opportunities for us to know our Creator and Lord. The basic principles of the scientific method are illustrated during the year. Fifth graders specifically study systems of the human body, including skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, nervous, and circulatory.
Mathematics – The study of mathematics provides unique opportunities to learn about God’s orderliness, precision, absolute truthfulness and unchangeable nature. Emphasis is placed in several key strands: numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, patterns, algebra and functions, statistics, data analysis and probability, problem solving, communication, mathematical reasoning, and connections.
Physical Education – In Physical Education class, offered twice each week, students learn to appreciate the amazing abilities of the human body and are taught the importance of care of the body. Students also learn and practice skills in a variety of team, individual and lifetime sports.
Music – Students may choose to attend general music class or begin the study of a musical instrument. Concerts and other performance opportunities during the year allow students to share their gifts with others. General music (Chorus), Band, and Orchestra (depending on the campus) are among the music courses offered to students.
Art – Students attend art class weekly and explore the foundational elements of line, shape, space, texture and color. An annual Visual Arts Festival highlights each student’s artwork.
Library – Students attend weekly library class where they learn how to use a library as well as explore many literary topics such as the parts of a book, authors and illustrators, listening skills, genres, research skills and overall literature appreciation. Students enjoy checking out books and develop personal responsibility for returning them each week.
Computer – Students receive training in hardware and technology basics, digital citizenship, research skills, word processing and presentation application. They explore various venues that are available to create digital projects and the methods they practice are used the classroom to enhance the learning of curriculum. They train and practice using digital resources safely, ethically, and morally to impact our world for Jesus Christ. Fifth graders also practice keyboarding skills.
Field Trips and Special Events – Field trips and special events are also a major part of our curriculum and are coordinated with the current curriculum units. These include the ACSI and Scripps Spelling Bees; ACSI Math Olympics and Creative Writing Festival; National Geographic Bee; Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day; Visual Arts Festival; National Museum of the American Indian; National Museum of the Marine Corps; Fredericksburg Area Museum and Field Day.
A Christian Education in Fifth Grade
We are committed to the study of God’s Word in all our subjects and its application to our lives as the foundation for living a joyful, victorious Christian life. Daily Bible class is an important part of spiritual development at FCS. We ultimately desire that every student discovers and strengthens a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and develops a biblical worldview.
Students read and study the Bible, sing Bible songs, memorize Scripture verses, and discuss Christian character and missions.
Topics studied in Bible class include:
- Gospel message through the Wordless Book
- It All Begins with Genesis, an extensive study in Creation (Biblical Worldview) vs. a Naturalistic Worldview
- Abraham & Isaac
- Living God’s Way (a study of character qualities)
- Teaching and practice of inductive Bible study using How to Study Your Bible for Kids
All parents are welcome to attend our chapels for worship and sharing about God’s Word and its application to our lives.
Learn more about our Fifth Grade program at Fredericksburg Christian School
If you would like to learn more about a biblically based education, where students can live their faith while growing in their education, give us a call at (540) 373-5355.