Fifth grade is an exciting time for our students here at St. John School. The students are diving deep into their social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual growth. The children are educated on how to portray admirable skills and qualities such as: responsibility, organization, compassion, kindness, service, honesty, and so much more.
The Literacy Block consists of five essential components: read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, word work, and writing. Jean Baptiste Girard once said "By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life." Students dive in deeper and more meaningful texts that they can really connect with. Reading develops the mind as our understanding of the written word increases. We work on the skills and strategies that children need in order to be successful.
Our Writer’s Workshop framework is based on the idea that students learn best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, and on topics of their choosing. The goals of this program are for the students to develop the skills of a writer, such as taking ownership of their own writing, learning and accepting guidance from experienced writers, and to support, and be supported by a community of peers. This framework supports all children regardless of where they are at in their writing journey.
The Math curriculum pushes our students to think analytically and investigate the truth of the world around us. Students dive deeper into fractions, algebraic thinking, measurement, geometry, and statistics.
Our Social Studies and Science programs help us to learn about the constantly changing world in which we live. In Social Studies, we focus on how our country was built. We explore topics like the first Americans, life in the colonies, westward expansion, and many more. In Science, our units consist of plant and animal structures, interactions of living things, Earth and its resources, weather and climate, properties of matter and energy, and motion and energy.
Our Religion period includes student-led prayer, bible study, and a lesson on how we become more like Jesus in the Sacraments. This program is rooted in scripture and faithful to the tradition of the Catholic Church. Our Religion class is based around these six ideas: LEARN about our Faith, CELEBRATE the Mass and Sacraments, CHOOSE to show love and respect, PRAY every day, SHARE Faith with others, and LIVE our Faith every day!