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Fifth Grade

A fifth grader takes a turn leading the classWe know that fifth graders have a positive approach to life. They like forming their own opinions, experience rapid growth spurts, focus on the social (increasingly self-aware, responsive to peer feedback, love to explain things and process ideas orally), and need to feel a sense of personal agency.

We help our fifth graders learn and practice: taking on different leadership roles throughout the school and with each other; appreciating different forms of leadership; articulating their strengths and areas of growth; and engaging in self-reflection, self-assessment, self-advocacy, and self-direction.

Our Goals for Fifth Graders

A teacher works directly with a fifth graderWRITING:

Use the writing process to create organized pieces for a variety of audiences and purposes using specific evidence and creative language.


Explore U.S. history through the lenses of freedom and leadership, using research and critical thinking skills to evaluate and synthesize social science content.


Investigate patterns to understand relationships between numbers and concepts, develop problem solving skills with algebraic thinking and logical reasoning, explore increasingly abstract concepts, maintain strong computational skills, and gain an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of mathematics.


Through a wide variety of text, build deeper comprehension and critical reading skills to evaluate content and create detailed, evidence-based responses to literature.

A fifth grade student using design process while working on a maker faire projectSCIENCE:

Plan and carry out investigations using the scientific method, participate in scientific discussions, and practice supporting claims through scientific argumentation. Work through the engineering design process to create a maker faire project reflecting a need or a want that includes specific criteria and constraints.


Continue to increase language proficiency through a cultural exploration of French and Spanish countries. Create authentically scripted skits, converse on familiar topics, and grow a command of verb conjugations and syntax when writing and speaking.


Develop critical thinking skills through literature with emphasis on purpose and diverse perspectives and learn the importance of the process of research.


Demonstrate coordination, flexibility, and fitness through active participation in each class and take a leadership role to model teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Fifth grade students sing during the OperettaMUSIC:

Engage as instrumentalists by learning chord structures, learning to play the ukulele with proper technique, all while singing independently and as a group. 


Continue stretching selves as artists and think beyond the guidelines of a project to sharpen creativity through three to four long-term projects.


Use code to create a cohesive, multi-page digital portfolio web site, and use maker materials and the design process to bring ideas to life, connecting to other areas of study and interest.