Reading is a vital part of our curriculum.  Reading enables us to imagine, explore, and understand our world.  In fifth grade, we "build" our comprehension by constructing story maps, doing character analyses, and identifying elements of fiction. We also strive to proficiency in locating main ideas and supporting details. Cognizance of main ideas is the key to comprehension.

We make predictions utilizing the knowledge we bring to print. This predictive skill, in turn, augments the knowledge we bring to print in the future. Predictability of story lines familiarizes us with the usual sequence of events (problem, climax, resolution, etc.), character development, and various techniques used by authors..

The other side of comprehension encompasses the "nuts and bolts" of reading skill. These skills include, contrasting two of more concepts, the art of paraphrasing, implementing figurative language, differentiating between fact and opinion, interpretation of poetry, etc. Fifth graders at Celeste Henkel endeavor to refine all their reading skills.

What would a reading program be without sufficient supplementation Celeste supplements its reading program with class novels, an excellent media center and Accelerated Reader - a computer network program proven to develop comprehension

Math:

Understanding place value to thousandths
Understanding place value to millions and beyond
Adding and subtracting decimals and whole numbers
Comparing and ordering decimals
Collecting and graphing data using line, bar, double bar and circle graphs as well as stem and leaf plots
Calculating mean, median, range and mode
Multiplying whole numbers by 1, 2, and 3 digit number
Dividing whole numbers by 1 and 2 digit divisors
Understanding and using geometric terms
Identifying polygons and solid figures
Multiplying and dividing decimals
Relating fractions and decimals
Comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers
Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers
Calculating area, volume and perimeter
Understanding metric and customary units of measurement
Understanding and calculating percent, ration and probability
Social Studies:
Geographic land forms and terms
Early Native American Tribes
Early explorers of North America
U.S. History (Revolutionary War and Civil War)
Government and how it works
States and capitals
Canada - geography, government and brief history
Central America - geography, government and brief history
Mexico - geography, government and brief history

Health:
Mental health, emotions
Nutrition
Chemicals and substance abuse - D.A.R.E program
Consumer health
Dental health
Safety and first aid
Family life - maturing, puberty
Chronic diseases
Growth and development - basic anatomy
Earth Science:

Fifth grade focuses on evidence, models and scientific explanations.
Weather & Climate
Landforms
Plants & Animals