5th Grade Homeschool Overview
Choose between to opposite worlds: American History or the Eastern Hemisphere. Once you've made that first choice, you get to choose how in-depth you want to go: Early American history? Later American history? A combination? A full year spent on discovering the Eastern world cultures and history? Whatever your choice, your year will be packed with books and biographies that are full of discovery, adventure, growing up, and anecdotes that will make you laugh out loud. It's going to be a great year.
5th Grade History
The foundation of Sonlight is always history.
If you choose American History, you'll be introduced to the "go-getters" that expanded our country, brought people together and created a country that was unlike anything seen before in the "old world" of Europe. This study of American History does touch on the Native cultures that lived here, but, also highlights lesser known periods, like, why we had cowboys (they needed to transport meat thousands of miles...and, since "efficiency" hadn't even begun as a study, the thing people had was time).
Or you can choose one of our most unique programs: a full year exploration of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific in the Eastern Hemisphere program. Why would you choose this? Well, not only does a huge percentage of the world's population call the Eastern Hemisphere home, but ninety percent of all unevangelized people live there. As part of learning about other places, cultures, and ultimately God's heart of the whole world, we want you to be able to explore these rich and beautiful lands and peoples.
All over the world, people eat, dress, work, play and see the world very differently. But we're also the same in key ways: God loves all of us and we all need Jesus. Families all over the world love each other; children like to play, learn and explore; we all have to work hard; we all want to be loved and appreciated; we can all overcome obstacles.
Whether you choose to stick closer to home with a study of American History, or take a dive into lands that are vivid and decidedly other than what we see here, you will learn a lot through your 5th grade year.
5th Grade Lesson Plans
Your Sonlight Instructor's Guide (IG) provides your daily, book-by-book, and subject-by-subject 5th Grade schedule. This is much more than a calendar: it's everything you need to be able to confidently teach your children. Behind each week's scheduled lesson plan you will find notes, maps, activity sheets, and teaching tips to bring depth and insight into your studies. Your Instructor's Guide takes the stack of books and materials in each subject and makes it a curriculum. IGs are included with your History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Package, as well as Sonlight's Science and Language Arts programs.
Use them for record keeping, a daily schedule, notes, or any combination of the three. Using our Instructor's Guides you'll see just how easy it is to teach your children.
5th Grade Language Arts
Reading and listening to great books, as part of homeschooling with Sonlight, lays a foundation for your children of how good writing feels and sounds. This prepares them for good writing.
This year in 5th grade, your children will learn grammar, still-essential mechanics, how to research and work on creative expression. Their writing skills will grow as they explore different styles, learn literary analysis and take on increasingly challenging assignments.
All of your Fifth Grade Language Arts assignments are laid out in our Language Arts Instructor's Guide. Each lesson is scripted and includes rubrics (a simple scale so you can easily see where your child is falling on each assignment) in an easy to use format. If you've ever felt intimidated by teaching writing, fear no longer. Mechanics are explained in simple terms, and you can see realistic examples of the type of writing your children should be doing.
In 5th Grade, Sonlight links Language Arts instruction and assignments to the History / Bible / Literature program so, you read and write about events you are learning about them. If your children would benefit from another level, check out all of Sonlight's Language Arts options here.
5th Grade Spelling & Vocabulary
We include Spelling You See's Ancient Achievements spelling for your children's fifth grade year. The Instructor's Handbook contains an introduction to the philosophy behind Spelling You See and the five development stages of spelling. Using the Teacher's Guide, you will work through the 36 lessons. Your children will "chunk" the appropriate letter patterns indicated for that day's lesson while also discovering a Spotlight that introduces interesting facts about words. Also included are opportunities for copywork and writing from dictation throughout the week.
5th Grade Handwriting
By Fifth Grade we no longer include a handwriting program in our All-Subjects Package. But, if you would like your children to have more practice, you are able to customize your year and add the handwriting program of your choice. Check out all of your Handwriting options here.
5th Grade Science
The human body, anatomy, gender differences, reproduction, health and nutrition, and survival skills, these are key components of Sonlight's Science F, the matching Science level included in the 5th grade All-Subjects Package.
This year you have a choice between a Boys and a Girls package. Why? Because we include one of two gender-specific titles: The Boy's Body Book and The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls. These are easily digested books that help your children as they grow up with simple suggestions and commentary on things like hair care and how to keep clean. There is also a three-week unit on survival skills (a unit we felt related to health and human physiology).
This year, your children will also learn about geology, fossils, and evolution and intelligent design so they are able to understand, and respond to, the broad discussion of the earth's formation. The Unlocking the Mystery of Life DVD shows evidence for an Intelligent Designer and adds depth to the origin of life conversation.
The hands-on experiments this year take place in the kitchen and look at food and how the body uses that fuel. So, the few science supplies you'll need should be available in your home.
While it's easy to just match your level of science to what history program you are doing, you also have choices here. You are free to match a range of children up and do one level together, or go back to study something you might have missed. This is a fascinating subject to learn about every day from your couch and kitchen.
Choose the matching 5th Grade Science level or browse other available Science programs and see what you could discover.
5th Grade Math
Sonlight includes Math-U-See Epsilon in our 5th Grade All-Subjects Package. Building on the foundation of basic operations with whole numbers your children have learned, Epsilon covers these same operations with fractions. Fractions are presented in an intuitive way with visual explanations of equivalent fractions, common denominators, and fractions and numbers larger than 1. Fractions and operations are illustrated using Math-U-See's proprietary Fraction Overlay manipulatives.
Your children will learn to recognize and generate equivalent fractions, understand addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and mixed numbers; as well as how to fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers. They will also learn things like how to use multiple strategies to recognize common factors, grouping symbols and their effect on order of operations, word problems, comparing, and converting decimal fractions and additional concepts.
While Math-U-See is included in Sonlight's All-Subjects Package, if you are interested in another program, you can easily swap out the math and still receive our best 20% discount. Learn more about your other 5th Grade Math options here.
Ways to Buy
Two ways to choose your 5th Grade curriculum
Put together a customized program OR select the recommended everything-you-need package. Compare your choices and pick the path you want. Either way, a wonderful adventure in learning awaits you and your family.
Start with History
Use with one or more children. Add subjects as needed.
Get a Complete Package
Everything you need for one child. Fully customizable.
Start with History
Choose one of the options below.
Select the program that covers the history focus you'd like to use this year. Because you'll teach with real books, each Sonlight program works with a range of ages and allows you to teach multiple children together. View the full curriculum scope & sequence for additional information.
Need help choosing? Chat with an Advisor.
Add other subjects as needed.
Get a Complete Package
The difference between the Boys and Girls package is the gender-specific title The Boy's Body Book and The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls.
Customize as needed and still save up to 20%.