In 5th grade Math, students explore all the operations involving fractions and decimals. They learn about our place value system, the coordinate grid, and a variety of graphs. As students move through these topics, an emphasis is placed on the idea that there are many different strategies that can be used to approach a problem and students are encouraged to share their methods in multiple ways. This gives students practice in explaining their thinking and processing, while offering other students a different way of approaching and solving a problem. Each week, students add to their interactive notebook, engage in guided practice lessons, and work in centers to hone in on the skills they are learning. Centers offer the opportunity for students to get practice working independently, in pairs, and in small groups with the math teacher. By working in small groups, instruction can be differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student as they grow to be curious math students.
5th grade is a time of exciting changes and new responsibilities for students, as they transition to Middle School. Students experience many firsts: using lockers, transitioning to classes on their own, choosing their own electives, learning the expectations of many different classrooms and teachers, managing their own school iPad, and changing class sections each trimester. Teachers work with students to develop these skills with lots of consistency, guidance, and grace. Workload and academic challenge also begin to increase gradually over the course of the school year. Students are pushed to grow and develop as learners and individuals, while also exploring their passions and discovering new ones along the way.