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5th Grade




Overview

The 5th grade program is a time of transition as our students ready to make the move from elementary to middle school. Students continue to develop their skills in writing, language arts, and mathematics. 
In addition to teaching content, we pay special attention to equipping students with the tools to become lifelong learners. Therefore, we actively teach students how to study. We ask them to set goals and analyze their progress in twice-yearly student-led conferences with parents and teachers, as well as in daily classroom activities. We value creativity and individual thought. And we encourage these maturing students to question what they see in order to make informed judgments.
 
Core Curriculum
 
Language Arts – each class approaches standards and skills through appropriate novels and units of study focusing on research skills, genre exploration, vocabulary expansion and writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Writing – will become a daily habit as students maintain notebooks to keep track of observations, ideas, and composition possibilities throughout their time in the program.

Math – decimals, transformations, problem solving order and the underpinnings of higher mathematics become routine during this time. 

Theme:

A Year (Beginning with even calendar years): CHANGE

Our overarching theme for the year, change, is followed through integrated Science and Social Studies curricula.

1st trimester: We begin the year learning about Geology, which leads to conversation about water distribution and natural resources. The hands-on learning center style trimester project focuses on Ancient Cultures and the prominent biome for those world areas.

2nd trimester: We focus on the Age of Exploration, learning about astronomy, oceanography, and instruments of navigation. The trimester project focuses on creating a map detailing the route and discoveries of a selected explorer.

3rd trimester: To end the year, we learn about the factors impacting early settlements on the North American continent, specifically early colonization through the organization of the 13 colonies. The trimester project varies based on passion area of study.

B Year (Beginning with odd calendar years): SYSTEMS

Our overarching theme for the year, systems, is followed through integrated Science and Social Studies curricula.

1st trimester: We begin the year reviewing the colonization of the United States, and the events which led to Revolutionary War. Students explore the Declaration of Independence and begin to understand the difficulties that arose as a new nation came to life. We also learn about inventions and inventors that contributed to this period in history. The trimester hands-on project highlights important people, events, and places of the American Revolution.

2nd trimester: Our historical study evolves to post-Revolution events including the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. From a science perspective, we learn about body systems, focusing on the circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems. Students learn how to make healthy choices. A scholarly research paper is the capstone project during this trimester.

3rd trimester: We continue our look at systems as we explore botany, specifically the new species encountered as colonization spread further westward. Students participate in local walking field trips and conclude the year with a culminating project in a Nature Journal 
 
Additional Curriculum

Music – Students can also participate in choir, guitar; or other music electives.

Art – provides Stargate students opportunities to practice their visual "Habits of Mind" - observing, reflecting, envisioning, expressing, persisting, exploring, developing craft, and understanding the art world.

Physical Education – emphasis is placed on overall health and general fitness.

Spanish – teaches vocabulary in ways to meet the needs of all students. In addition to traditional vocabulary units, we use short stories to help students acquire language in a more natural way. Classes are taught primarily in Spanish.

Technology – students leverage prior knowledge to expand their technology skills with communication, life skills, and “real world” applications.

Adroit – Adroit is a combination of makerspace, design challenges and design thinking.