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5th Grade


The 5th grade program is a time of transition as our students ready to make the move from elementary to middle school. Students get the opportunity to participate in athletics along with the responsibility of continuing to develop their skills in writing, language arts, and mathematics. Students also experience learning based on themes that rotate depending on whether the school year begins on an even or odd year. For example, students in the A year might follow the overarching theme of change, while Students in the B year might look at the overarching theme of systems.

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. Middle and High School texts are used, keeping learners significantly above grade level.

Science and Social Studies – using an integrated curriculum between these two areas we begin an in-depth look at each year’s theme. In the student’s A Year we look at such areas as geology, water, ancient cultures, exploration, astronomy, and North American colonization. In the B Year we review colonization, expand on the Revolutionary War, look at human anatomy, botany and healthy choices.
Additional Curriculum
Music – becomes band and orchestra as students participate in at least five musical performances throughout the year, honing skills in woodwind, brass, percussion, or a stringed instrument. 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 as students also enter a world with extracurricular team sport offerings at Stargate.

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 – description coming soon.

Ms. Buck

Mrs. Rader

Mrs. Vaughan

Ms. Zelinger Cohen