5th Grade Curriculum


The Fifth Grade Literacy Program provides students with balanced instruction that enhances each child’s individual skills and experiences. Balanced literacy instruction is characterized by meaningful activities that provide children with the skills, strategies, and motivation to become proficient readers and writers. The Literacy Program develops children’s skills and strategies for reading, writing and interacting with text, as well as word study, listening and speaking skills. The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. In Fifth Grade, students broaden and deepen their understanding of text types. Literature and informational texts are used with individuals, small groups, or for whole class instruction utilizing a range of resources including leveled books, a literature anthology, and online resources. Students apply strategies to acquire and use new vocabulary, including those that convey ideas and images for reading and writing. Students read, discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence and annotation from a text within a wide variety of literary genres and informational text to support their thinking and to form conclusions about a text. Students read independently for pleasure, choosing books based on personal preference, topic, genre, theme, or author. In fifth grade, a writer’s workshop approach is utilized. Students study three different types of writing: opinion, information, and narrative writing. Mentor texts are used to provide students with exemplars of the types of writing that they are studying. Students write multiple-paragraph compositions for different purposes and specific audiences, revising and editing their writing as appropriate. They are taught and use grade level Standard English language and writing conventions in their written communications.


The Fifth Grade Math Program is intended to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills through concrete real world applications. A spiraling curriculum is used that introduces key concepts to students at a young age and covers these concepts repeatedly, with increasing degrees of complexity. The mathematics program in Fifth Grade provides a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to assist students in becoming mathematically literate. Within the content of the program, an emphasis is placed on problem solving strategies, which develop critical thinking. Students use the language of math to draw, write, and talk about their learning. Mathematical topics covered in fifth grade include:

  • Number theory

  • Estimation and Computation

  • Geometry explorations and the American tour

  • Division

  • Fractions, decimals, and percent

  • Using data, addition and subtraction of fractions

  • Exponents and negative numbers

  • Fractions and ratios

  • Coordinates, volume, area and capacity

  • Using data; algebra concepts and skills

  • Volume

  • Probability, ratio, and rates

The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This course will prepare students to employ mathematical practices and content for sixth grade.


The Fifth Grade Science Program engages students in scientific inquiry and investigation. In Fifth Grade, students learn about the world around them through study of earth, life, and physical science concepts and engineering design. During the year, students learn about structure and properties of matter; space systems; earth systems; and, matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems. Students are engaged in inquiry lessons, as well as researching and reporting. The course is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Social Studies

The Fifth Grade Social Studies Program program engages students in the study of early modern history (1500-1800). In this context, students will develop content and skills related to civics, economics, history, and geography using an inquiry approach to learning. Students learn about the Renaissance; New World Exploration; and, Migration and Colonization. Students will examine events that shaped different countries. This course is designed as an opportunity for students to engage in the past and work towards exploring the story of how countries developed. The course is aligned to the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards.

Myanmar Studies

Elementary Myanmar Studies Program is to help students for Myanmar language competency and traditions of Myanmar as well. In Elementary Myanmar Studies students will practice writing, reading and speak skillfully. The students will learn about reading passages and using more vocabularies, grammar, and knowledge about Myanmar custom and culture and the festival in Myanmar. The students will demonstrate skills on effort and showing respect toward Myanmar language and Myanmar tradition. Students will work on playing collaboratively. Students will take responsibility for their works. Students will demonstrate and understand what has been read. Students will listen attentively and follow directions. Students will participate appropriately in discussions.

Myanmar Music and Dance

The purpose of teaching Myanmar Music and Dance is to understand the basic concepts of Myanmar Culture, to love Myanmar traditions and customs and to keep the essence and beauty of Myanmar. We will start from basic theory and practice. Myanmar traditions include singing, dancing and playing the instruments. In Third Grade to Fifth Grade we do traditional songs with the play (see and warr), Myanmar traditional dance, opera, and Myanmar festival dances. Students will learn basic skills of dancing Myanmar dance. The students will be tested to see how much they have achieved. Students will receive an explanation of the Myanmar day homage paying ceremony, special activities, and performances. Each student will understand the importance of the musical dances and instruments of Myanmar to follow up next level of learning.


At YIS we follow the NCAS Standards for Art Education: They are under the umbrellas of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting.

In Fifth Grade our focus is to explore artwork from varying artists and different approaches used to communicate ideas, beliefs and opinions through their use of visual art elements, materials/media and/or technologies, as well as how these were used to create and enhance their artwork.

In creating work we look at development of artistic processes and techniques to explore visual conventions and we achieved this through the art elements: shape, form, color, line, space, texture and value.

By further using a variety of media and technologies we will develop artistic skill with Shape (convex, concave, optical), Color (expressive, natural, intensity and contrast), Line (real and implied for defining, movement, direction and depth), Space (shading, created illusion, dimension, depth), Form (building, sculpture, 3-D), Texture created with a variety of tools, materials and techniques; patterning, implied and real), Value (gradation).

Students will use techniques, art processes and exploration of art forms such as digital, screen-printing, still life, using a grid for layout or illustration).

Students will share the arts through presentation or display for an audience. Through this presentation they will be able to reflect on ideas, feelings and opinions in artwork including consideration of the audience. Presentation will help to enhance visual appeal and aesthetics.

Students will explore artwork inspired by observation or imagination from various artist and cultures that use materials and techniques to enhance the artist’s belief or viewpoint such as recycling. Through application of visual art elements, selection of materials, media and technologies as well as art tools to communicate an idea, belief or viewpoint.


The YIS Music Department encourages the artistic growth of its students through four pillar standards: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. The YIS Music Department courses are aligned to NCAS standards. In the music classroom, students will encounter challenges that will allow them to engage in divergent thinking, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and perseverance. On the performance stage, students will demonstrate their musical growth in at least two concerts a year.

In the Fifth Grade Music classroom, students will participate in the Orff approach to world music. Elementary students will sing, play instruments, and use creative movement to focus on the following skills: Rhythm and form, instrument technique, composition, and improvisation. Grade 5 students learn to create new musical ideas, analyze beat and quarter-, eighth-, half-, sixteenth-note and syncopated rhythms, sing and play pentatonic, hexatonic, and diatonic melodies, sing and play in shifting meters, develop musical preferences and interests, and explain their thinking behind performances.

Physical Education

Fifth Grade Physical Education continues to focus on development and refinement of large and fine motor skills. Students apply skills in team based sports settings and are further developing their understanding of tactics for gameplay. Students are learning how to manage their own behavior and self-assess their own development and also offer relevant feedback for their classmates. Students are learning about taking leadership roles during games. Units for this course include Team Building, Fitness, Ultimate sports, Swimming, Invasion Games, Striking / Kicking & Fielding Games, Rhythm & Dance and Gymnastics.


The Fifth Grade Technology course focuses on cloud computing within the school’s Google domain and Google Suite applications. Emphasis is primarily focused on further developing an understanding of Google Drive and Google Classroom; students work individually and also collaborate to complete assigned tasks within word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications. Assignments and projects are often integrated to help reinforce and expand understanding of core subject matter while meeting information technology standards designated by the International Society for Technology in Education.