Mr. Meeuwsen ~ 5th Grade

5th grade curriculum

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts: Gonzaga University. Master of Education: University of Phoenix
Mr. Brian Meeuwsen
5th Grade Homeroom Teacher
503 357 6990 x224
Visitation Catholic School
4189 NW Visitation Road
Forest Grove, OR, 97116
The greatness of beign a part of a Catholic school is being challenged to live out my faith everyday as a model for the students. The best moments in the classroom happen when the students relate a part of the faith to actions which support that belief. As Catholics we do not just believe our faith; we live it.—Mr. Meeuwsen
  • Study of the New Testament, sacraments, liturgy, prayers, and service
  • Learn that the sacraments are God’s gifts of life
  • Examine the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation
  • Study the Eucharist and Mass
  • Examine the Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
  • Discuss the Sacraments of Service: Holy Orders and Matrimony
  • Writing:
    • Introduction of the 5 paragraph essay
    • Introduce the topic sentence with supporting details along with summarization skills
  • Spelling:
    • Practice of grade level words, vocabulary, and decoding skills
  • Grammar:
    • Identify different parts of speech and usage
    • Introduction to prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections to support sentence structure
  • Reading:
    • Analyze literary concepts such as characters, plot, drawing conclusions, and cause/effect.
    • Students understand author’s purpose for writing.
    • Read and comprehend from a variety of fiction and nonfiction stories.
  • Order, model, and compare common whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percents
  • Determine the order of operations for multiple step calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Measure length, weight, perimeter, area, and volume with accuracy using the appropriate tools
  • Define, draw, name, and classify angles, triangles, and line segments using measurement tools
  • Represent and analyze patterns and functions using words, tables, graphs or simple algebraic expressions
  • Use the scientific method to explore, experiment, and inquire about the natural world
  • Investigate plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and communities
  • Discover the building blocks of matter and sources of energy
  • Discover the Earth and universe including changes in weather
  • Steps to Respect: an anti bullying program
  • A focus on healthy choices such as good nutrition, exercise, and avoiding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Study transport systems of the body
  • Identify the 50 states of the United States and its major landforms
  • Discover biographical information of important figures in United States’ history
  • Identify the 5 themes of geography and an in depth look at world cultures, climates, and vegetation
  • Taught in art class as well as integrated throughout all subject areas
  • Development of art principles such as line, color, texture, form etc. through the use of different medium (watercolor, paint, collage, mosaics, sketches, and sculpture)

* Fifth and Sixth grade is a blended classroom with a rotating curriculum in Religion, Social Studies, Science, and Health. The course work provided ensures that every student experiences age-appropriate and sequential instruction across the curriculum. Please speak with your classroom teacher to identify the current year’s curriculum topics.