Fifth Grade

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Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

The 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum packages from Bridgeway Academy are customized for your child to ensure academic success. Fifth grade courses are designed to firm up foundational skills for homeschooled students to begin the transition into more analytical thinking and to pave the way for success in middle school. Bridgeway’s Fifth Grade Homeschooling Curriculum is presented below based upon subject categories. 


English / Language Arts

The primary objective of the 5th grade language arts curriculum is to develop a love of the use of the written and spoken word, both in reading and writing. Confidence in speaking, the ability to listen and offer intelligent observations, and the aptitude to discuss unfamiliar ideas intelligently are linked with the goal of higher-level thinking.

Grammar in 5th grade builds upon the student’s fourth-grade experiences while strengthening the student’s overall ability to write, think and communicate effectively. Vocabulary development and spelling are reinforced throughout the school year.

Writing includes a study of sentences, paragraph writing, various forms of exposition and, by the end of the year, a formal research paper. Grammar is emphasized and integrated throughout the curriculum. Dictionary and thesaurus work in book and computer forms, contextual study and word analysis skills are all included in this process.

Reading and Literature

Fifth grade students will continue to develop and expand their reading skills through the study of literature, with an emphasis on literary elements, higher-level thinking skills, and vocabulary enrichment.

Social Studies

All 5th grade home school history courses include a focused study of world history and continent geography. Appealing subjects like The Cradle of Civilization, Greece, Rome, The Middle Ages, South America and Africa are covered, as well as great leaders throughout history.

Fifth grade home school students should have prior knowledge of basic social studies skills and the ability to think critically about the world around them. Students should also have a basic familiarity of the states and capitals of the United States, and knowledge of basic geographic areas of the world – the seven continents and four oceans. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine the best curriculum choice and approach for your child.

The major areas of study and work include an expanded knowledge of home, neighborhood, community, city, state, country, hemisphere and globe, and an expanded knowledge of basic geography, advanced skills at using maps, common landforms and significant geopolitical terms.

Also stressed is expanded knowledge of the earliest peoples of America, sections of the United States claimed by early European explorers during the colonial period, development of the new colonies under the administration of European figures, advancement of the British Colonists, the causes for and outcomes of the American Revolution, and exposure to the United States Constitution.

Students study all major U.S. conflicts, such as the Revolutionary War to the First Gulf War. The material also includes systems of government, great leaders and current events affecting our world.

Math Problem Solving

Our 5th grade mathematics curriculum continues on a daily basis to emphasize basic skills while developing reasoning, computational and problem-solving proficiency, data analysis and knowledge of mathematics vocabulary. Communicating mathematical thinking in written and oral forms and making connections between mathematical ideas and real-life experiences are emphasized. Mathematic proficiency is the goal.

5th grade units of studies include mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, fractions and integers; ratios and percentages; basic number theory including prime factorization; greatest common factor and lowest common multiple; skills in solving one-step equations, and increased skills in problem solving.

Key activities in the 5th grade mathematics curriculum include a varied use of manipulative aides for fractions, angles, decimals, geometry, measurement and graphing.


Bridgeway’s 5th grade science program incorporates both written instruction and interactive, hands-on experiences promoting the natural curiosity, interest and discovery found in young learners. The Scientific Method is taught, where the students ask questions, plan and conduct simple investigations, and use simple instruments to gather data and draw conclusions.

Earth Science is studied across the science curriculum at this level and includes a study of the solar system, geology, meteorology, and weather.

In life science, units include study of cells, plant and animal life cycles, reproduction and balance in nature. Life science also includes units on health and wellness.

In physical science, motion and forces, electricity, energy, friction, heat and gravity, molecular and atomic theories, chemistry and the elements of the Periodic Table are studied.


5th grade students may opt to take electives through our online learning labs. Visit the Learning Labs page to learn more about these live, interactive courses where students learn with students from all over the world.

Please call us at 800-863-1474 to discuss which fifth grade homeschool program is best for your child. Whatever you do, know that you aren’t alone.  We’ve helped more than 20,000 students at Bridgeway, and we look forward to adding you to our Bridgeway family of homeschooling students!

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