Fifth Grade is designed for children who turn 10 on or before September 1 of the current school year. Fifth graders study the choices and consequences of Bible figures in the Old Testament, using Purposeful Design Bible curriculum. Looking at the relationship between Bible characters like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, the early Kings, Daniel and others and how they respond to the Lord, students make connections to their own actions and their walk with the Lord. BJU Press and Mystery Science curriculum are taught in fifth grade. Writing and grammar rules are reinforced as the student writes compare-contrast essays, persuasive business letters, research reports, and short informational essays. Spelling activities include word histories and etymologies to build understanding and interest in the English language. Journal entries provide students with weekly writing practice. History lessons cover the period of American history between the flight of the Wright brothers and the Vietnam War with a biblical perspective. Math challenges students to apply their knowledge of operations of whole numbers to decimals and fractions. Students will continue to develop pre-algebra skills and deepen their understanding of geometry, measurement, and data. Reading literature and informational selections help students build reading comprehension, exercise biblical discernment and critical thinking skills, and cultivate an appreciation of literature. Fifth graders continue to perfect their cursive writing skills using the Handwriting Without Tears program. Science explores God’s creation in a study of minerals and rocks, fossils, matter and heat, sound and light, weather, ecosystems, and the respiratory and circulatory systems. Violin and music theory are taught in music class. Opportunities for art, and physical education are also offered. Teachers keep students engaged through small group projects, independent research, group instruction, and hands-on activities.