— Grade 5

 5th Grade Curriculum Overview

Fifth grade is a wonderful year full of new learning opportunities.

Reading/Language Arts

Texts:  Select novels/literature, Sitton Spelling program, and Common Core resource books

In reading, the students will read from a variety of chapter books such as Crash by Jerry Spinally and Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech.

Fifth grade continues to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students read more challenging literature, articles, and other sources of information to grow their vocabulary. Students understand and summarize what they have learned, supporting their points with evidence. Students continue to develop their ability to gather, organize, interpret, and present information.


Texts:  Progress in Mathematics by Sadlier-Oxford and Common Core Progress Mathematics by Sadlier School

Fifth grade math focuses on:

  • developing fluency in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions
  • extending division to two-digit divisors
  • integrating decimals into the place value system
  • operations with decimals to the thousandths
  • becoming fluent with whole number and decimal operations
  • understanding volume


Texts:  Christ Our Life by Loyola Press and Family Life by RCL Benziger

In religion, the students will learn that the sacraments are the center of our whole liturgical life and that they nourish and strengthen us. In other words, we participate in God’s own life through the sacraments.


Text: Science by Harcourt School Publishers

In science, students will study units on plants, weather, matter, Earth and its recourses, and the human body.

Social Studies

Text:  California Vistas by Macmillan/McGraw Hill

Social studies will bring to life famous people, major events, changes in ways of travel, communication, and the principles that made America great. The student will be exposed to an overview of the life of our country from its conception to the present.

Mrs. Ria Amidon teaches fifth grade.

Mrs. Amidon was born and raised right here in Santa Clara. She attended St. Justin School, Presentation High School, and then earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a minor in History at Santa Clara University. She holds a California Clear Teaching Credential with CLAD certification. This is Mrs. Amidon’s 22nd year of teaching, nineteen of those years happily spent at St. Justin. Before coming to Justin to teach fifth grade, she taught preschool, as well as first, third, and fourth grade at public schools in San Jose. Mrs. Amidon is married to an amazing man named Andrew. Mr. and Mrs. Amidon enjoy watching movies, walking around the mall, riding bikes, and going to San Jose Sharks games. Go Sharks! Mrs. Amidon loves to bake and has three dogs. She looks forward to coming to school every day and seeing her students’ smiles and eagerness to learn.