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Grades 5-6 Moving Toward Independence

As students transition into fifth grade, they will spend the next two years preparing to transition to Middle School where they will become much more independent. They will prepare to take on more responsibilities, more leadership roles, more service projects and more self-discipline. In fifth grade, they will get their own lockers so that they can learn to manage organizing and planning, and at Greenville Christian, our lockers do not require nor need locks. Students will have more than one teacher, and they will move between rooms for different subjects.

Meet their two core teachers who will play a significant role in their lives throughout both fifth and sixth grades.

Reading/Language Arts/History
Diane Shipley
Total Years Teaching: 15
Years at GCS:  4
Credentials: ACSI Elementary Certificate, English Language Arts and Reading Grades 4-8 Certificate, Masters of Education Certification in English as a Second Language Generalist Grades EC-4,

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and English - 2000 Texas A&M Commerce




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    Simone Holt

    5th and 6th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Simone Holt

Years Teaching:  7
Years Teaching at GCS:  4
Credentials: BS in Environmental Design, Auburn University 2009, Masters in Leadership in Teaching - Secondary Science, Notre Dame of Maryland University, ACSI Standard Certification, Maryland State Standard Certification - Secondary Science.

Curriculum and Special Studies:

The middle school structure is introduced by using lockers, changing classes between Mrs. Shipley and Mrs. Holt, following the bell schedule, and improving self-management. Below is the curriculum.

Curriculum:  Mrs. Shipley

World History - Heritage Studies 6 by bju Press
American History - Heritage Studies 5 by bju Press
Language - Shurley English Levels 5 and 6
Reading Grade 5 - Reading 5 Quests by bju Press
A sample of 5th grade reads:  From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Maniac Magee, and Number the Stars.
Reading Grade 6 Units:  Poetry, Narrative, Expository, Descriptive, and Persuasive
A sample of 6th grade reads:  Holes, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Wrinkle in Time, Hatchet 

Curriculum:  Mrs. Holt

Science Grade 5: Evan-Moor Daily Science, Scientific Research and Writing.
Science Grade 6: Nitty Gritty Science, Scientific Research and Writing.
Math: Big Ideas:  Modeling Real Life, Grades 5 and 6
Bible: Deep Roots Bible, Grades 5 & 6

Chapel happens once per week, with the focus on life application, worship, and object lessons.


Grade 5/6


Be My Witness (BMW) Days - Community Service
Grandparent’s Day: fall
Red Ribbon Kite Fly—6th grade
Christmas Season
Christmas Program
Valentine’s Day Party
Easter Season
Elementary Musical
Destination Imagination
Fast Forward Day


Texas Freshwater Fisheries: 5th grade
Six Flags over Texas: Sixth Grade Class Trip
Perot Museum: Sixth Grade field trip


5th grade:

Parody—Use poetic device to rewrite lyrics; 1st quarter
Figurative Language Book—Create an illustrated book of figures of speech; 1st quarter
Science Fair—ACSI competition; 3rd quarter
International Festival—research and present a country; 4th quarter

6th grade:

Poetry Anthology—Compilation and original works for specified styles; 1st quarter
Movie Trailer—Make a movie trailer for The Westing
Game; 2nd quarter
Recycling Project—Use old materials to create a new product; 3rd quarter
Planet Elections—Make a skit to share details of assigned planet; 3rd quarter
Rocket Launch—Construct and launch rockets; 4th quarter