Dupont Park Adventist School

The School with the Eternal Advantage

Grade 5

Preview of the Week
October 24-28 , 2011
Bible: Peace – Chief Joseph, Peace Chief
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7).
Math: Students will be able to:
  • Write fractions in simplest form
  • Rename fractions greater than 1 as mixed numbers and mixed numbers as fractions greater than 1
Tests over addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (daily)
Reading: Eye of the Storm
Thematic Unit: Explorers- Lewis and Clark
Spelling: N/A
Vocabulary: aggressive, associate, deceive, emigrate, flexible, glamour, hazy, linger, luxurious, mishap, overwhelm, span
English – Pronouns
  • Subject Pronouns
  •  Object Pronouns
  •  Using I and me
  •  Possessive Pronouns
Writing Workshop: Descriptive Writing (Revise, Edit, and Publish)
  • Writer’s Conference with Mrs. Davis – How can I improve my first draft?
Social Studies- Life in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres: The Eastern Woodlands and The Great Plains
Science – Weather Patterns: How does air move? What are air patterns?
This Week’s Focus Word is: condescend – to come down to another’s mental or social level (verb)
The Latin prefix con means, “with, together, completely.”
A prefix is added at the beginning of a word to give it a different meaning.
A suffix is added at the end of a word.  It does not change the meaning, but it does change the word’s function or job. 

   KEY LEARNINGS: FIFTH GRADE                   

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



  • 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


Dupont Park Adventist School
3942 Alabama Ave S.E. | Washington, DC 20020