Fifth Grade

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The school continues to utilize course content provided by Connections that is taught by Esperanza Cyber teachers. Connections Academy’s accredited online elementary curriculum stresses the fundamentals, and students focus on the core subjects: reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.

Fifth Grade


Students in online fifth grade courses at Connections Academy focus on sharpening their skills through critical thinking. In virtual fifth grade classes, students refine their knowledge of grammar and structure, math operations, physical and life science, design principles, technological applications, and United State history.

Language Arts 5 A

Students continue to develop their reading skills as they are introduced to novels and poetry. Critical thinking skills are intertwined with activities using novels in order to sharpen students’ analytical abilities. Reading comprehension instruction allows students to practice identifying main ideas and themes in any given reading passage. Students continue to develop their writing skills by focusing on structure, format, and grammar, with a concentration on crafting quality sentences, organizing paragraphs, writing summaries, and adding detail to writing. Grammar is included in this course to provide year-long exposure to the parts of speech and their functions.


Units:

Meeting Challenges

Doing the Right Thing

Inventors and Artists


Language Arts 5 B

Students continue to develop their reading skills as they are introduced to novels and poetry. Critical thinking skills are intertwined with activities using novels in order to sharpen students’ analytical abilities. Reading comprehension instruction allows students to practice identifying main ideas and themes in any given reading passage. Students continue to develop their writing skills by focusing on structure, format, and grammar, with a concentration on crafting quality sentences, organizing paragraphs, writing summaries, and adding detail to writing. Grammar is included in this course to provide year-long exposure to the parts of speech and their functions.


Units:

Adapting

Adventurers

The Unexpected


Math 5 A

While further refining their skills of the four mathematical operations, students are introduced to more complex activities, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, fractions, and fractions with mixed numbers. Students are introduced to the order of operations and learn how to solve and write equations and inequalities. The study of geometry becomes more involved as students learn about polygons and solid figures. Students also extend their knowledge of graphing and probability to include circle graphs and using statistics to make predictions.


Units:

Let's Get Ready to Learn Math!

Numeration, Addition, and Subtraction

Multiplying Whole Numbers

Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors

Dividing by 2-Digit Divisors

Variables and Expressions

Multiplying and Dividing Decimals

Shapes

Math 5 B

While further refining their skills of the four mathematical operations, students are introduced to more complex activities, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, fractions, and fractions with mixed numbers. Students are introduced to the order of operations and learn how to solve and write equations and inequalities. The study of geometry becomes more involved as students learn about polygons and solid figures. Students also extend their knowledge of graphing and probability to include circle graphs and using statistics to make predictions.


Units:

Fractions and Decimals

Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Perimeter and Area

Solids

Measurement Units

Solving and Writing Equations

Equations and Graphs


Science 5 A

Science is an ongoing process that constantly renders new discoveries! In this first semester course, the student will be sharpening his investigative skills and expanding upon his existing knowledge in order to make his own new discoveries. The McGraw-Hill textbook, Science: A Closer Look, and the science kit are the primary resources for the course. The opening unit  explores the role of scientists and the scientific method. The life science units explore cells and heredity. The Earth science units provide an opportunity for the student to design experiments to investigate Earth's composition and the factors that affect its composition. 

The lessons in this course are designed to accommodate many learning styles, and to provide a variety of opportunities for the entire family to participate in the student’s education. Some lessons, or groups of lessons, in each unit are activity-centered, which allow the student to engage the new concepts he encounters through exploration and discovery; others are more traditional, requiring the student to read, research, and reflect on the underlying theory.


Units:

Be a Scientist

Cells and Kingdoms

Parents and Offspring

Interactions in Ecosystems

Ecosystems and Biomes

Our Dynamic Earth

Protecting Earth's Resources


Science 5 B

Students sharpen their investigative skills and expand their scientific knowledge in order to make new discoveries. They learn about the living world in the life science units. The physical science units examine the characteristics of matter, sound, and light. The Earth science units provide an opportunity for students to investigate Earth’s composition and the factors that shape its surface. Students continue to explore the scientific method and science careers.


Units:

Weather Patterns

The Universe

Comparing Kinds of Matter

Physical and Chemical Changes

Using Forces

Using Energy


Social Studies 5 A

Using a thematic and chronological approach to United States history, this course allows students to trace the nation’s history from the time of the earliest Americans through the 21st century. Students practice map skills as they learn about the growth of the Unites States, and develop their abilities to interpret sources, compare, and sequence. Students also learn about geography’s influence on culture and historical events.


Units:

Early Life, East and West

Connections Across Continents

Colonial Life in North America

The American Revolution

Life in a New Nation


Social Studies 5 B

Using a thematic and chronological approach to United States history, this course allows students to trace the nation’s history from the time of the earliest Americans through the 21st century. Students practice map skills as they learn about the growth of the Unites States, and develop their abilities to interpret sources, compare, and sequence. Students also learn about geography’s influence on culture and historical events.


Units:

A Growing Nation

War Divides the Nation

Expansion and Change

The United States and the World


Physical Education 5

Students participate in a variety of activities that are designed to enhance personal fitness. Students choose from a variety of fitness plans including yoga, participating in an individual or team sport, or Connections Academy’s fitness plan. Students track their participation and progress through the Activity Tracker.


Units:

The Presidential Fitness Challenge: Introduction

Learning Locomotor Skills

Developing a Healthy Exercise Routine

Your Body and Exercise

The Presidential Fitness Challenge

Games Around The World


Art 5

Art elements, principles, and criticism are introduced, and students study the arts across time. Your child will also use various media to create two- and three-dimensional projects.


Units:

The Ancient World

The Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Baroque/Rococo

Romanticism and the Modern Age


Educational Technology and Online Learning 5

Prerequisites:

To participate in this course you must have Microsoft® Office, or software that is equivalent, installed on your computer.


In this course, students use appropriate technology tools and resources to complete projects, manage information, and solve problems. Students use software to write, organize, analyze, and present information and data. Students learn listening and organizational skills and set attainable learning goals. Students become responsible communicators and users of technology as they learn about intellectual property, Internet safety, and effective search and evaluation strategies.


Units:

Keyboarding

Microsoft® Word

Microsoft® PowerPoint

Microsoft® Excel

Study Skills

Internet Safety