Fifth graders expand and integrate skills and knowledge learned in the lower grades. They develop an openness to learning and a willingness to consider new ideas. In independent work as well as in cooperative groups, the emphasis is on language arts, math, science and social studies concepts and strategies needed for the successful transition to Middle School. An emphasis on reading and writing throughout the curriculum make connections among those content areas. Students use their writing skills daily. Quality literature is the basis of the reading program. Group discussions and projects extend the literature into meaningful learning experiences and develop critical-thinking skills.
Through problem solving, visuals and manipulatives, and by developing practical skills such as how to use a calculator, 5th graders continue to enhance their math vocabulary and their critical-thinking skills. They come to understand how math is an integral part of everyday life. By performing diagnoses of concepts, they also develop abstract-thinking skills, as well as continue practicing basic computations.
The 5th grade social studies curriculum includes the study of Greek and Roman civilizations and cultures. Students begin to understand the basis for the government of the United States by drawing comparisons. Students also engage in research through numerous field trips and using the World Wide Web. They then put these opportunities to use in group projects, hands-on activities, individual reports and through reading and outlining of texts.
In addition, students receive instruction in Spanish, art, music, technology and physical education.