Fifth Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level

5th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

5th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

5th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

5th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.


Grammar in 5th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 5th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of tall tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

5th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • A Single Shard
  • The Secret Garden
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • The Hundred Dresses
  • When Wings Expand

5th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Esperanza Rising
  • The Black Stallion

5th Grade Social Studies

  • Societies and cultures of Egypt, Greece and China
  • How archaeologists and historians uncover the past
  • Interactions between cultures as well as the exchange of goods, ideas, beliefs and
  • The impact that trade has on the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies and
  • How geographical diversity of an area influences the development of its culture and

5th Grade Math

  • Estimation and problem solving
  • Numbers and operations, whole number operations
  • Decimal operations, fraction operations, rates and ratios
  • Measurement, data interpretation and probability
  • Geometry

5th Grade Science

Science Fusion is a state-of-the-art science program designed for building inquiry, STEM, and optimized for learning in the classroom, at home, on a laptop, a tablet, or using a science textbook. The digital curriculum, virtual labs and hands-on activities, and write-in science textbook develops important critical thinking skills that prepare students for success in future science courses and in the workplace. The themes in this grade are:

  • How Scientists Work
  • The Engineering Process
  • Cells to Body Systems
  • Living Things Grow and Reproduce
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Natural Resources
  • Changes to Earth’s Surface
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Fossils
  • Earth’s Oceans
  • The Solar System and the Universe
  • Matter
  • Light and Sound
  • Forces and Motion

5th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more
  • Islamic Art and mathematics

5th Grade Stewardship Program

  • We are created as stewards on Earth
  • Social stewardship
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change
  • Support orphans through the GiveLight Foundation

5th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

5th Grade PE

  • Move in an environment and explore new activities
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard games
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