Fifth grade is a special year as our teachers actively manage each student to ensure they become “middle school ready.” With a focus on social skills, skill development in note-taking, time management, and stress management. As in the prior year, our Classes continue to be departmentalized, and the core curriculum includes language arts courses, social studies, sciences, Greek, and math, with a different teacher leading each one.
Our fifth graders are reading novels for class discussions and assessments provoke them to go beyond simply relating what happened to recognizing underlying concepts and values and applying them to their own lives. As they study each work, they analyze literary devices such as parallelism and foreshadowing. This years writing level becomes more refine and build upon previously learned knowledge and skills in increasingly complex, multiple paragraph essays.
Our math curriculum allows our students to handle complex real world math by creating equations and solving them. They continue to build on prior years of learned lessons but now divide decimals, convert between factions, decimals, and rations and find volumes of cylinders.
Our students are naturally curious about the world around them, and this year’s science curriculum piques their curiosity as they delve into topics like states of matter, changing ecosystems, atomic theory and Newton’s Laws.
Social studies our students begin with Native Americans, then study the 13 colonies, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the building of a new nation.
Fifth grade students attend a variety of enrichment classes each week including Physical Education, Greek language, Greek Dance, Technology, Art, and Religion. Our students practice public speaking through prepared class project presentations with various subjects. They build leadership and responsibility skills with classroom job duties, and as school ambassadors.