5th Grade

Field Trips

Fifth grade takes 5 educational field trips per year. Each field trip is chosen by academic relevance to their lesson learned in class. In addition to these, our fifth grade classes take a trip to San Diego and spend the night in Wild Animal Park sleepover "Roar & Snore" in the spring. This is an annual trip that is not only informative, but tons and tons of fun!

Examples of 5th Grade Field Trips:

  • Mad Science in house field trip "Crime Scene Investigation"
  • Math Monkey
  • UNLV Science Lab
  • Theater Arts at the Smith's Center

Language Arts

Easy Grammar: Grade 6

Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (The Institute for Excellence in Writing)

Spelling and Vocabulary (Zane Bloser)

Our curriculum covers both grammar studies as well as tools for writing. The key concepts of grammar we cover include: parts of speech (prepositions, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, interjections), subject/predicate, sentence structure, and punctuation. The writing portion uses these key grammar concepts and integrates them in a systematic way as we learn to "dress-up" our writing with quality adjectives, -ly words, clauses, and a variety of sentence openers. We begin with key word outlines and incorporate them into creating fiction, non-fiction, research, narrative, and persuasive writing using this technique.
Students receive a weekly spelling list. Each list consists of 20-25 spelling words and vocabulary words. The spelling words are grouped together according to theme. Students will study different types of poetry and write their own poems in a journal.

History and Geography

Old World History and Geography (A Beka Book)

Old World History and Geography Maps and Activities (A Beka Book)

In history, we study the Eastern Hemisphere by geographical region. Our studies start in the Middle East and continue through Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Oceania, and Antarctic. We explore the land, geography, animals, people, and cultures of each region as seen in Christian perspective. Each chapter contains Comprehension Checks, a Chapter Check Up, and map activities to enhance learning. During our first quarter, students present a research project and paper done on a country in the Eastern Hemisphere. There is a test following each chapter and a nine week cumulative test at the end of each quarter. Quizzes are given throughout each chapter.


Changes: Science Level Five (ACSI Purposeful Design)

Our science curriculum explores life, physical, earth and space science as well as the human body. Multiple experiments are used throughout each chapter to enhance learning and give ample practice for using the scientific method. Tests or chapter projects are given/produced at the end of each chapter. Some of the topics covered include cells, matter, force, electricity, magnetism, minerals, weather, moon, the endocrine system, and disease.

In the spring, GVCS has a school-wide Science Fair. All students, grades 1-12, are required to do a science project. More information is given on the specifics of this project in each individual class.

Math (Saxon 6)

Our arithmetic curriculum covers the following mathematical concepts:

Place value, casting out 9s, number sentences, cross multiplication, money, divisibility rules, measurements, measurement conversions, probability, solving equations, dividing with a 3-digit divisor, changing decimals to fractions, multiplying decimals, rounding, graphing, dividing fractions, geometric ideas and shapes, squares and square roots, changing fractions to decimals, and dividing by a decimal.

Students work on lessons in class and have homework in math on a consistent basis. Each lesson has a speed drill and review section. Tests and quizzes are given each week and are cumulative.


Overview of Old Testament (ACSI Purposeful Design)

An in-depth study of Bible characters in chronological order of their choices, good and bad.

Bible Buddies

Every Wednesday, we go to chapel with grades K-4 to worship and hear the Word of God. Each fifth grader is paired up with a Kindergarten student for chapel. They are Bible Buddies for the entire year. We also have a chance to host chapel once a year.

Reading (A Beka Book and various novels)

Throughout the year, we go through 3 curriculum reading books: Beyond the Horizon, Windows to the World, and Of America 1. Each book is full of stories with Christian life lessons and students complete comprehension questions at the end of each. In addition to this, we read several novels during the year as a class. These include Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare and Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar by Janet and Geoff Benge. More will be included. Once a week we do a speed reading and comprehension task called Read and Comprehend.

Each student is assigned five book reports throughout the year. Each book report has a different theme.

Purity Class

Preparing for Adolescence by: Dr. James Dobson
(How to survive the coming years of change)

What do you say to an adolescent who's getting ready to enter those turbulent teenage years? Dr. James Dobson, one of America's leading family psychologists, knows how to speak directly and sincerely to today's adolescents about the topics that trouble them most. Topics include avoiding feelings of inferiority, handling peer pressure, drug abuse, puberty, sexual development, romantic love, overcoming discouragement, sound decision-making and handling independence.

Students meet in gender specific classes once a week for 10 weeks in the spring. During the classes, students read and discuss the sensitive topics from the book in a safe, open and biblically-based environment. Parents will receive a copy of the book at the end of the fourth grade year and are encouraged to read and discuss the book with their child before the classes begin.


Homework is assigned nightly. Students are required to copy down the assignments for homework in their daily planners.


  • P.E.- 2 times per week
  • Art - 2 times per week
  • Computers - 2 times per week
  • Music - 2 times per week
  • Chapel - 1 time per week