FIFTH GRADE RELIGION AND SOCIAL STUDIES
Fifth grade is a formative time in the lives of our students. They want to belong and are very focused on
building relationships. The “Be My Disciples” program provides a balanced approach to religious growth
for 10 and 11 year olds that recognizes their physical characteristics, cognitive and learning skills, and
their family, peer and adult relationships. As a faith community we will cover 6 units during the school
year each of which explores specific faith concepts through scripture, profiles of faith-filled individuals,
guided discussion, meditation and prayer. Each section also includes Catholic Social Teaching that
allows students to connect and apply what they have learned through practice and creative expression.
In addition 5 th graders will have the opportunity to strengthen liturgical practice by participating in the
weekly school Mass and serve as mentors for the younger students in their “buddy class.”
The fifth grade Social Studies curriculum uses the Scott Foresman “Building A Nation” text to guide our
exploration of the development of the United States from early settlement of the Western Hemisphere
through the Civil War and the end of slavery. We will be looking at our country through the lenses of
history, economics, science and technology, geography, culture, citizenship, government and our
national symbols. In addition to hands on and project based learning experiences social studies will
integrate and provide opportunity to practice the skills that we are developing in language arts and
contemplate and discuss practices of slavery and oppression as they relate to Catholic social teaching.
Our wonderful culturally diverse learning community offers a wealth of resources to augment traditional
resources and spark lively discussion and sharing of experiences and traditions.