Fifth Grade is a major transition year for students. From beginning to grapple with pre-algebraic concepts to conducting research for essays, this is the year students enter the realm of deeper study in writing, reading, history, math, science and the arts. In fact, these are some of the most essential Fifth Grade subjects as they form a foundational platform for students to learn other subjects with greater efficiency.
Fifth graders have now plenty of experience in the classroom setting and can efficiently solve problems across math, science, ELA, and geography. Their maturity is showing in how they handle themselves emotionally and in terms of discipline and behavior, and they’re handling increasingly challenging work at school as they tackle more difficult academic requirements in the classroom. Thus, they will now experience a blend of academic and extracurricular activities to keep them engaged holistically. They will also use use online learning platforms, games, and puzzles to learn core concepts.
Being right on the cusp of middle school independence, this is a time for students to learn to gain some independence and responsibility for their studies. At OLG, we will help your child foster their sense of curiosity and transform it into the ability to work smarter and harder. More than anything, this is the year where students learn to take control of their education and results, seeking help when they get lost, and having the confidence to reach for more. This is also the time when distractions in the form of activities and a busy social life may keep students from putting their best effort into her schoolwork.
In language arts, parents should not be surprised to see that their children are reading significantly more difficult texts this year. Children should be able to start using details from a story to identify key points about the theme, character development, and other crucial literary elements. They may be able to interpret more figurative language and use context clues for better understanding. In social studies, they will be creating timelines and reading maps. In science, they will be conducting experiments and constructing models. But the real challenge for most fifth graders will be math: fractions, percents, probability, statistics, and geometry all come into play.
You can learn more about our Fifth Grade Core & Specialist Curriculums HERE.