In fifth grade, students learn grade-level vocabulary and increase their knowledge on topics like synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, and suffixes, among others. They practice and understand the five stages of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Fifth graders write narratives with events, narrators, and characters that show complex plots and resolutions.
The math in fifth grade becomes more challenging and complex. Students work with fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers and demonstrate mastery of other mathematical concepts such as numeration, money, estimation, rounding, and the metric system. Fifth graders also begin to read, interpret, and write expressions and equations and solve one-variable equations.
In addition, fifth graders continue to develop the ability to ask scientific questions, plan experiments, and develop thorough explanations based on their findings by using the appropriate tools and techniques to collect, evaluate, and interpret data. They go into their community and environment to explore and make further connections with their context. They have a deeper understanding of the use of maps and how geography affects a community. And they continue their studies of civics and government.
Students in fifth grade practice digital citizenship, and learn to use their technology-driven powers conscientiously and with empathy to help make the world a better place. Fifth graders also study dimensioning, scaling, and design. They explore spatial visualization which is a basic skill necessary for all engineering fields. They engage in Advanced Block Coding using Scratch, a block-based programming language, and throughout an online community at the MIT Media Lab. They practice Martial Arts once a week, and are invited to be part of our KLA Elementary Sports Program. They develop their musical skills in an ensemble by practicing their knowledge of Music Theory and their mastery of instruments of percussion, strings, and wind. They engage in meaningful conversations in Spanish. And they use the myriad materials of the art room to develop a visual language that can communicate their innermost thoughts and ideas.
It is a magical year, one that prepares them fully for the challenges and opportunities that await them in middle school.