Dupont Park Adventist School

The School with the Eternal Advantage

Grade 5


BIBLE Exploring God:  Through the Stories of the Old Testament

Understand that God continues to offer the gift of salvation despite humanity’s rejection of Him

Know that God’s character of love is revealed through His laws and interaction with His people

Understand that God created humanity with the power of choice

Understand the covenant relationship God initiated with His people and the role of faith,    repentance and forgiveness

Understand the importance of daily commitment to God - relying on His power for a victorious life

Understand that God has always had a remnant of people that have remained a faithful witness for Him

Know that each person has been given unique talents and spiritual gifts by God

Understand the value of prayer, praise and reverence in communicating with God

Identify the sanctuary as a symbol of God’s love, acceptance and restoration though the Gospel


FINE ARTS Art -Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.

Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices

Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas

Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork

Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context

Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art

Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures

Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts



Know names of lines and spaces of bass clef

Identify and write symbols for sharp, flat and natural

Sight-read a musical phrase

Use D.C. al fine

Know symbols and meanings for ritardando and accelerando

Know symbols and meanings for crescendo, decrescendo and diminuendo

Listen to music of the baroque period

Learn names of some hymn writers



Interpret impressions from visual media that influence understanding

Understand similarities and differences among a variety of media

Determine correct word meaning from visual context using electronic devices



Interpret a speakers topic, purpose, and perspective

Use listening skills in group settings

Take brief notes to identify main points and key information

Draw inferences and reach conclusions



Read independently, selecting appropriate reading strategies

Use dictionary, glossary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, card catalog, and electronic devices

Use abstract vocabulary to extend reading vocabulary

Use skim for overview and scan for specific information to improve comprehension



Use compare and contrast to improve comprehension


Use oral language skills in a variety of settings

Participate in group discussions, refine and use cooperative group processes

Identify persuasive messages


Visually Representing

Develop visual media to model responsible decision-making skills

Demonstrate how visual media techniques establish mood

Develop visual media to show similarities and differences



Practice the writing process

Use characteristics of good writing

Use figurative language to describe characters


Number and Operations

Understand place value through billions

Be proficient in counting money and making change

Develop and use number sense for whole numbers, fractions and decimals

Develop and apply number theory concepts, e.g. multiples, primes and factors in real world and mathematical situations

Determine pairs of numbers given a relation or rule, and determine the relation or rule of given pairs of numbers

Understand how basic mathematical operations are related

Develop, analyze and explain procedures for computation and techniques for estimation

Select appropriate methods and tools for computing with whole numbers, fractions and decimals from among mental computation, estimation, calculator and paper/pencil

Round whole numbers to the designated place value

Identify and generate equivalent forms of fractions, decimals and percents

Recognize, model and describe multiples, factors, composites and primes

Determine the greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiple (LCM) of two numbers

Convert fractions to the least common denominator (LCD)

Reduce fractions to simplest form (lowest terms)

Add and subtract time using renaming   



Graph linear equations with one variable

Use calculators, computers, tables and graphs to develop and interpret patterns

Understand and use formulas

Develop skill in solving and writing linear equations using informal and formal methods

Investigate inequalities and nonlinear equations

Apply order of operation rules



Learn the relationship between radius and diameter

Classify angles according to the measure

Identify and select appropriate units to measure angles (degrees)

Understand and use linear, square and cubic units

Count faces, vertices and edges

Create perspective drawings

Describe ray, segment, interior and exterior of an angle

Recognize and create patterns with tessellations



Identify the paths between points on a grid or coordinate plane and compare the lengths of the paths, e.g. shortest path, paths of equal lengths


Demonstrate and describe the difference between covering the faces (surface area), and filling the interior (volume), of 3-dimensional objects

Use standard angles (45º,90º,120º) to estimate the measure of angles and use a protractor to measure and draw angles

Convert one metric unit to one customary unit and one customary unit to one metric unit

Understand that measurement is not exact, e.g. when measured multiple times, measurements may give slightly different numbers

Understand and explain how differences in units affect precision

Measure length to the nearest cm and ⅛ of an inch


Data Analysis and Probability

Collect and organize data, then determine appropriate method and scale to display data

Find the mean, median, mode and range of a given set of data and use these measures to describe the set of data

Use calculators  to simplify computations and use computers to assist in generating and
analyzing information

Sample and analyze data, making predictions and conjectures based on samples

Distinguish between a population and a sample

Discuss the reasonableness of the data and the results

List all possible outcomes of an event

Read, construct and interpret frequency tables

Make predictions based on experimental and theoretical probabilities


Spiritual Emphasis

Recognize that God’s ideal for quality living includes a health lifestyle

Incorporate into one’s lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God

Avoid at-risk behaviors

Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports

Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities

Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well­being


Movement and Motor Skills

Demonstrate mature form for all basic manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills

Demonstrate increasing competence in more advanced specialized skills

Adapt and combine skills to the demands of increasingly complex situations of selected
movement forms

Demonstrate beginning strategies for net and invasion games

Apply previously learned knowledge, or use instruction to improve performance

Apply information from a variety of internal and external sources to improve performance

Identify and apply principles of practice and conditioning that enhance performance

Recognize sport specific movement patterns that can be applied to games, e.g. similarity of the ready position in striking movement forms

Understand terms that describe basic movement

Use basic offensive and defensive strategies in non-complex settings


Lifestyle and Fitness

Identify opportunities in the school and community for regular participation in physical activity

Participate daily in some form of health-enhancing physical activity

Discover personal interests and capabilities in regard to one’s exercise behavior

Identify the critical aspects of a healthy lifestyle

Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity in a variety of settings

Monitor intensity of exercise

Understand the reason for proper cool-down and warm-up techniques

Begin to develop a strategy for the improvement of selected fitness components

Work somewhat independently with minimal supervision in pursuit of personal fitness goals

Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by a standard physical fitness test, e.g. AAHPERD Physical Best, Fitnessgram, President’s Challenge

Recognize physical activity as a positive opportunity for social and group interaction

Experience enjoyment from participation in physical activities

Use physical activity to express feelings and relieve stress

Seek personally challenging experiences in physically active opportunities


Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors

Participate in establishing rules, procedures and etiquette that are safe and effective for specific activity situations

Work cooperatively and productively in a group to accomplish a set goal in cooperative and competitive activities

Make conscious Christ-like decisions about applying rules, procedures and etiquette

Utilize time effectively to complete assigned tasks

Acknowledge differences in the behaviors of people of different gender, culture, ethnicity,
development and disability by learning more about both similarities and differences

Cooperate with disabled peers and those of different gender, race, ethnicity and religion

Work cooperatively with both more and less skilled peers

SCIENCE Physical: Energy Waves (Electromagnetic Spectrum, Heat, Light, Mirrors/Lenses, Sound, Waves)

Identify, describe and compare different types of wave energy

Describe the organization of the electromagnetic spectrum and the uses/applications of each type of electromagnetic wave

Compare electromagnetic (heat, light, radio) waves and mechanical (sound, water) waves

Explore characteristics of heat, light, and sound

Compare and contrast types of mirrors and lenses

•Define a wave and describe characteristics and features of waves
Life: Cells, Classification/Behavior, Fish

Describe, explain and compare the structure and function of cells

Identify the characteristics of living things

Use the standard classification system to group animals based on their characteristics

•Identify features of fish that distinguish them from other classes of animals Earth: Oceanography, Meteorology: Air Pressure, Climate, Earth’s Atmosphere, Water Cycle, etc.

Describe the physical structures of and ecosystems present in the ocean

Study currents, tides and waves

Explain air pressure and local/global winds, how they are measured and their effects on weather

Distinguish between climate and weather and identify factors that affect climate

Describe Earth’s atmospheric layers and the “greenhouse” effect

•Explain the water cycle and its relationship to weather and climatic patterns
Health: Reproductive System, Mental/Emotional Health

Explain human reproduction and development 

Identify the physical, emotional, intellectual and social changes that occur at puberty

Describe God’s plan for human sexual behavior

Know ways to seek assistance if worried, abused or threatened 

Recognize how mood changes and strong feelings affect thoughts and behavior, and how they can be managed successfully

Describe how personality, relationships and self-concept affect mental and emotional health.


Scientific Inquiry

Make observations

Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations

Plan a simple investigation

Collect data from the investigation

Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results



Safely use and store tools and equipment

Service/Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science



OVERRIDING STATEMENTS: Civics, geography and economics should be studied within the context of the history for each grade.

INTEGRATION OF FAITH & LEARNING: Although individual religious concepts are not explicitly stated, the idea of God’s leading in the affairs of history and human relationships should be embedded in all of the social studies lessons.

American History: Native People – 1860 (Native People, Exploration/Colonization, Pre-

Independence Movement, American Revolution, Territorial Expansion – 1801-1861, Westward

Expansion, Current Events)

Understand God’s ultimate control and protection over human affairs

Describe the relationships between key people/groups, events and cultures in U S History

Know causes and effects of key influences/events and be able to place them on a time line

Understand and interpret key events and issues in United States history around commonalty and diversity, continuity and change, conflict and cooperation, individualism and interdependence, interaction within different environments

Interpret major events, issues and developments involved in making a new nation within the following topical areas: Land and people before Columbus, Age of Exploration, Settling the Colonies, War of Independence and Westward Expansion 

Understand the role and work of the Adventist Church in North America



Understand how participation in government affects citizen life e.g. check and balances

Understand the constitution of the United States and how it affects one’s life

Know how the constitution protects the rights of individuals

Know the importance of Christian citizenship and cultural diversity

Understand socially acceptable ways of participation in activities to achieve group goals



Prepare, examine and interpret charts and maps that show key geographic information such as population, climate, natural resources, movement

Locate and identify the continents of the world, the fifty states and the major cities of the United States and major physical features of North America

Identify patterns of migrations and cultural interactions in the United States

Understand the effects of weather/climate on migration patterns

Understand how physical and human activity (e.g. pollution, deforestation, flood plains) has impacted changes in physical environment



Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship in a global economy

Understand that all economic choices have costs and benefits

Know the differences between needs and wants and their relationship to economic tradeoffs

Understand how supply/demand and price increase/decrease influence consumers and the economy

Identify economic systems and terms e.g. capitalism, inflation, free enterprise



Demonstrate proper use and care of computers and input/output devices

Learn to troubleshoot basic malfunctions

Practice keyboarding, using correct hand position and posture




•Use word processing, editing and file management skills

•Begin using presentation software

•Use a variety of electronic resources to enhance and access information

•Know proper technology terms

•Understand consumer issues regarding technology in every aspect of our lives

•Investigate technology-related occupations

•Use courtesy while sharing computer time

•Become aware of legal issues when using software

•Identify computer abuse including use of Internet



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