Frassati Catholic Academy 5th Grade Highlights

Language Arts

The reading curriculum in fifth grade includes a balanced literacy program (reading, writing, listening, speaking, creating and viewing). The focus of reading changes from teaching the logistics of reading, to the interpretive art of reading. Students are challenged to read narrative and expository text, as well as many different genres. Students are actively engaged in the reading process (read, understand, respond to, analyze, interpret and appreciate literary works) as they relate to the author’s purpose in writing. Students need to use comprehension strategies to understand complex texts. Students gather information from a variety of sources, synthesize that information and use it in new ways. Differentiated instruction meets the needs of all learners (shared, guided and independent). Students continue to practice phonics, fluency, and build vocabulary spelling, and comprehension. They continue to grow using multifaceted fluency (using multiple skills simultaneously).

Differentiated instruction meets the needs of all learners (shared, guided and independent). Students continue to practice phonics, fluency, and build vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension.


They continue to grow using multifaceted fluency (using multiple skills simultaneously). Students continue to write for a variety of purposes and to understand the importance of writing in their lives. Writing is taught as a process as fifth graders focus on crafting a clear and complete paragraph. Students write descriptive, narrative, persuasive, informative and creative paragraphs and essays. Students work on Standard English conventions, fluency, word choice, voice, organization, ideas, spelling, and cursive handwriting.




Fifth grade math challenges students with real world problem-solving investigations, moving students towards a more objective approach to math. This includes developing fluency and understanding of: number theory and applications and accurate computation. Students will delve deeper into using data, probability, geometry, algebra, and independent problem-solving. Differentiated instruction enables teachers to meet the needs of all learners. Fifth grade math concepts include: algorithms and strategies using inverse relationships between all four operations (from the millionths to the billions), estimation and mental strategies, complex word and real-world problems, probability, statistics and graphing, measurement, fractions, decimals, percent’s and ratios (read, write, represent, compare, add and subtract), 2D and 3D figures (describe properties, classify and draw), collect, organize, describe and interpret data focusing on real-world situations (mean, median and range), algebraic expressions, functions, inequalities and integers.


Fifth Grade Religion focuses on building a strong relationship with God through prayer and action. Students are challenged to think independently and creatively about who they are, what gifts and talents they have to share, and how they can contribute to their church community. Students learn about the order and prayers of the Mass, personal prayer, group prayer experiences, and see the Church as a committed community of believers. Students expand their knowledge and understanding of the sacraments, the liturgical year, the Cardinal Virtues, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the importance of stewardship, the lives of the saints, Bible stories and the human life of Jesus.


Students learn concepts and skills in life, physical, and earth sciences through an inquiry based approach. Students explore environments in the life science module. The physical science module includes the study of mixtures and solutions. Students study landforms and earth processes in the earth science module. They also study the principles of models and designs. They develop a familiarity with the natural world, its diversity and interdependence. The students begin to understand that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering are interdependent. Students observe, compare, classify and organize data which helps develop scientific thinking. Lego Education Kits give students the opportunity to think and work as engineers.

Social Studies

Students in Fifth Grade study “The United States” in a multifaceted curriculum. They are introduced to early colonization, our nation’s geography, Native Americans, the Thirteen Colonies, the Constitution, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Students trace the development of self-governance in the British colonies and deepen their understanding of the conflicts that lead to the American Revolution. Students learn the basic principles of our democracy that are inherent in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students are encouraged to “think like a historian”, to weigh the costs and benefits of decisions, and analyze the contributions of historically significant persons.

Frassati Catholic Academy is supported by St. Pius X and St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Parishes in White Bear Lake, MN. To enroll at Frassati Catholic Academy, schedule a tour, request more information, learn more about STREAM or contact us with questions, call 651-429-7771 today.