Grade 5 - What to Expect | Our Savior Lutheran School

Grade 5 - What to Expect

Welcome to Mrs. Payne's Fifth Grade webpage. 

What to expect in Grade 5...

Chapel is on Wednesday.

PE is Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Literature, English and Math classes will occur daily.  

History 3 days a week.

Latin 4 days a week.

Religion 4 days a week.

Science 3 days a week.

We will visit the library once a week.  We spend at least 20 minutes outside every day.  

Students will have a choice between music and beginning band.   




As Our Savior Lutheran School is a Classical School, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the memorization and retention of the essential information which will form the base of our students' knowledge and learning. To ensure all student's success, daily practice is required in multiple subjects. Therefore, parents in 5th grade should expect Literature, Math, and Latin homework every night of the week. English, Science, and History homework will occur about 2 nights a week.  Religion homework will typically occur on a weekly basis, culminating in Memory quizzes on Friday mornings. 


5th grade's schedule is set up to provide work time for each of the daily subjects (Literature, Latin, and Math as well as English).  A student who takes advantage of this time will have access to Mrs. Payne for help on homework, as well as ample time to finish the majority of his or her homework in class.  A student that does not take advantage of this time will likely see several hours of homework a night.  Work in class!  Ask for help! Develop good study habits in class!


In literature we wil read: 

  • Toliver's Secret (American Revolution)
  • King Arthur and His Knights 
  • Freak the Mighty
  • Children's Homer (Illiad and the Odyssey)
  • Number the Stars (WWII)
  • The Hobbit
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Additional Titles
  • Poetry selections from Memorial Press Grammar Stage Book

Teacher read-alouds may include:

  • Selections of Shakespeare's Sonnets/Macbeth for Children, Famous Men of Rome, The Story of the Romans

In English we will:  Write three point paragraphs, expository essays, persuasive essays, and narratives.  We will Memorize and Expand New Vocabulary.  Study the 5 Sentence Patterns. 


In Math we will: use Saxon Math 6/5.  We will study numeration: digits, original numbers, place value, number lines, and expanded notation; addition and subtraction of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and mixed numbers; multiplication and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and mixed numbers; powers of whole numbers; square roots; compare and order fractions and decimals; read and write percents, converting percents to fractions and decimals; estimate whole numbers, decimals, mixed numbers, sums, differences, products, and quotients; number theory including evens, odds, prime and composites; word problems.


Our study of history will include:  The American Revolution, War of 1812, Texas History from the Alamo through statehood, the Antebllum period in America, Causes of the Secession, the Civil War, Reconstruction, World War One Causes and Effects, the Great Depression, World War Two Causes and Effects, The Cold War Era which will encompass brief studies of the Korean War, the Space Race, Vietnam, Civil Rights Act and the Fall of the Soviet Union. 


In Science we will study:

  • Life Science - Simple living things, Invertebrates, Plant growth adaptations, and Biomes
  • Physical Science - Classifying matter, Changes in matter, Motion and forces, Electricity and magnetism
  • Earth Science - Weather, Energy Resources, The Solar System
  • Human Body - Support and movement and Control systems

For memory we will memorize: The six chief parts of the Luther's Small Catechism and selected Bible verses related to our Catechetical memory; Learn By Heart.


Some exciting field trips may include:

  • San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship Texas, Museum of Natural History, Art Museum

Special events & projects:

  • Science/History Fair Project