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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.


Science/Reading/Language Arts
Mrs. Diane Shipley

Years Teaching: 12
Years at GCS: 1
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





Mrs. Simont Holt

Years Teaching: 4
Years at GCS: 1
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.


Chapel includes 5th and 6th grades only. We focus on life application, sing worship songs together, and have object lessons.

The middle school structure is introduced by using lockers and following the bell schedule.


Math—ACSI Purposeful Design
History— Bob Jones
Bible - Deep Roots
Novel-based instruction:  5th grade reads: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Hudson Taylor: God’s Adventurer, and Number the Stars
6th grade readsA Poetry Unit, The Westing Game, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and A Wrinkle in Time


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