Lower School Academics
Practicing Leadership Skills
Powerful literature units are integrated with the study of American History in fifth grade. It's one thing to learn the facts about our nation and begin to understand big ideas like democracy and equality, but it's even better to experience them with the characters of great books, such as Johnny Tremain. Challenging mathematics lessons reinforce the basic skills of math, yet expand each student's math awareness and problem solving expertise. In science, fifth graders take an in-depth look at the oceans and what lives in them, visiting the tide pools and presenting group reports on marine ecosystems.
Fifth Grade students learn leadership skills through their daily opportunities to lead. They learn to share the vision of the school, strive to make a difference, help each other, use good judgment, and perform small but effective acts of selflessness. For our weekly campus Flag Ceremony, they raise the flag, lead the flag salute, and provide announcements to students and parents. They are also involved in community service projects throughout the year. In the spring, they hike to the top of a mountain to reinforce how character traits such as perseverance and self-discipline help us reach our goals. Most importantly though fifth graders are being prepared throughout the year both academically and socially for the transition to Middle School.
Simultaneously with all of this, students attend PE & Spanish class daily, as well as art, music, drama, library and technology on a weekly basis. The following information provides a “snapshot” in to the Fifth Grade course overview during the second quarter:
Literature: Novel – Bud not Buddy; book projects: Biography/ Autobiography
Composition: sentence & paragraph formation & expansion; creative writing; five-paragraph essay; expository writing
Grammar: Eight parts of speech; mechanics
Math: basic facts; number theory; concepts; operations with whole numbers, exponents, rational numbers and roots
Science: Earth science; weather
Social Studies: Colonial times; world expansion; birth of American slavery; Star of India
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