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Fifth Grade

We 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


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.


As a stepping stone to middle school lab-based science, engage in scientific discussions, clarify experiences, think critically, and demonstrate an understanding of the Scientific Method and the Engineering Design Process.


Engage through a cultural exploration of French and Spanish speaking countries, produce 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.


Play recorders, autoharp, Orff instruments and rhythm instruments, sing accurately while reading from music, carry a harmony part while doing a dance routine, identify symphonic instruments, and perform independently and as a group.


Continue stretching themselves as artists and think beyond the guidelines of a project, through three to four long-term initiatives such as 3-D architectural letters or ceramic faces.


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.