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Fifth Grade

Our Fifth Grade Curriculum

At Carden Academy of Whittier, we consider nothing more important than to help each student learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our fifth grade program with the benefit of all of our students in mind. Our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to provide an accelerated curriculum and individualized instruction that benefits all of our students. Our teachers are able to provide additional support in academic areas to foster the learning pace and needs of our students through daily small group work sessions.


When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum filled with all of the skill sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in classical literature, math, physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, and physical. We are committed to supporting the development of the whole child at every grade level.


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Fifth Grade Objectives

To Give Each Child:

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning, and knowledge of the purpose of that learning; good study habits, love of reading and math, a pleasurable learning experience.


Ability to find and use parts of speech in sentences, and to know definitions: ability to find and write the Subject (simple, complete, compound), the Verb (transitive, intransitive, linking), the Direct/indirect object, Phrases (adjectival/adverb), Clauses (adjectival, adverbial, noun); learn diagramming; learn and use Types of Sentences: Simple compound, complex; Declarative, interrogative, imperative. Verbs: Principal parts, Tenses, Forms and Voice; Punctuation/ capitalization; Write letters.


Learn fractions: Properties (+,-,x,-); Mixed Numbers, Improper Numbers, reducing; LCD; Decimals: Properties, Change to fractions. Percentages: Change to decimals/fractions, problem solving. Roman Numerals (1 - 1,000). Measurements: Liquid/dry, Metric, Estimating/average. Plotting graphs. Geometry: Polygons; Angles; Lines, rays segments; Congruent/similar; Circles. Math Identities: Associative, Commutative, Distributive, Additive multiplication.


Achievement of the following: read rapidly and rhythmically with expression on grade level; remember every detail of what is read; organize the material read; evaluate the material read; know all parts of speech; understand the tenses of verbs and use them correctly; understand paragraphing; write compositions using paragraphing; use the following punctuation marks: period, question marks, comma, quotation marks, exclamation marks; express oneself fluently either orally or in writing; enlarge speaking and reading vocabulary by a thousand words; concentration; good study habits; self-reliance; learn to use reference books; develop a desire to read; develop a taste for good literature; recite twenty poems.


Expressions, tenses, vocabulary, reading, writing, and answering questions.


Ability to recognize post revolutionary history, presidents; explorers and inventors; famous Americans and events.


Identification of states, capitals, and maps of the world, hemispheres, time zones, projections; usage of keys; interrelationships of regions.


Understand water cycle, planets, food chain, atmosphere, surface tension, molecules, levers; learn about the human skeleton, cells, circulation; relationship of electricity and magnetism; common chemicals; attend scientific field trips.


Appreciate impressionists, learn famous paintings and artists; practice drawing, painting, sculpture.

Physical Education:​

Participate in organized games and learn good sportsmanship.

Social Studies:

Developing knowledge and skill in history, geography, culture, economics, civics, and government. We also focus on people and their interaction with others and the world in which they live. Our students gain a better understanding of their country and its regions.

Attitude Development:

While discussing Carden Standards of Living, the student is helped to develop the ability to function without self-consciousness in the presence of classmates and adults. Accept responsibility for learning, make individual contributions to group discussions, and bring from home resource information when pertinent to discussions. Praise the work of others, accept constructive correction, have a calm demeanor, and have a sense of security in the learning experience. Display kindness and respect to others, always.

International Day:

Friday, April 12, 2024

Books for the Pupils



Wind in the Willows

Read to the Children:

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

Otto of the Silver Hand

Patty Reed's Doll

Crow and Weasel


Class Book 5

Language 5 Workbook

Comprehension Techniques

Wind in the Willows Workbook

Robin Hood Workbook


Composition Book 5


Mathematics by Houghton-Mifflin

Math Steps by Houghton-Mifflin


Map Skills


Discovery Works


A New Nation

Extracurricular Activities

Field Trips:

January, 2024 - "Seussical the Musical" at the Brea Curtis Theater

Monday, January 22, 2024 - "Walk Through the Ancient World" (on campus)

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - Workman Mill House

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Columbia Science Center

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - Griffith Observatory

Friday, May 17, 2024 - San Juan Capistrano

After-School Activities:

Mondays: Cheer, Choir, Gardening, and Musical Theater

Tuesdays: Cross Country

Wednesdays: Dance (Ballet) and Train Chess Club

Thursdays: Reading Club and Spanish Club

Fridays: Cheer and Dance (Hip Hop)

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