Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School Logo

Grade 5

Back to Classroom Pages

Welcome to 5th GRADE


Mrs. Trish Smith – trish.smith@orlctosa.org

Mrs. Sara Hans – sara.hans@orlctosa.org


Sample Classroom Newsletters:

SAMPLE-Newsletter-#1    SAMPLE-Newsletter-#2    SAMPLE-Newsletter-#3

Religion / Memory

The fifth grade Religion curriculum will focus on Bible stories from the Old Testament through Pentecost.  We have a unit covering the life of Martin Luther and the foundations of the Lutheran Church.  We will also discuss issues facing our fifth graders in the world today, emphasizing proper choices considering “W.W.J.D.?” (What Would Jesus Do?)

The Memory curriculum focuses on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism as we will study the Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Sacrament of Holy Baptism and Sacrament of the Altar.


Students should enter fifth grade mathematics enabled with basic skills in adding, subtracting, multiplication (up to 9×9) and division (up to 81 divided by 9). These concepts will be tested and graded on a daily basis, as mastering these basic facts in a “flash” will greatly ease the difficulty of fifth grade mathematics.  Flash cards are a great idea for car rides, even to and from school.


Fifth graders receive Spanish instruction twice a week.

Language Arts

English curriculum:  Parts of speech, grammar, Six Traits of Writing.

Our Spelling curriculum is Sitton Spelling.  Instruction focuses on spelling well in writing, not just on weekly Spelling Tests.

In Reading we use a novel approach.  The students will read the following trade books and a variety of strategies will be implemented such as:  vocabulary, context clues, predicting outcomes, characterization, story-mapping, generalizing, etc.:

    • The Cay
    • Spy for the Night Riders
    • Sign of the Beaver
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • Riddle of Penncroft Farm
    • House of Dies Drear

Students will be placed in Literature circles twice throughout the  year.

Social Studies

We will focus on United States History from early explorers through the Civil War.  An additional unit covers Medieval Times.


Our main focus will be on application of the Scientific Method.   Students will prepare and present a science fair project.  We will also enjoy learning more about God’s great creation with a focus on cells and kingdoms, parents and offspring, interactions in ecosystems, ecosystems and biomes, our dynamic earth, protecting earth’s resources, weather patterns, and the universe.

Field Trips

  • MLHS musical
  • NLSW Presentaion
  • Miller Park Tour
  • Band/Choir trip to nursing home and Mayfair Mall : Christmas Concert

Special Events

  • 5th Grade Chapel Presentation
  • Medieval Day
  • Brewer Day
  • Accelerated Reader Reward Days
  • Game Day