- Grade 5
Anchored in our essential question, “What does it mean to belong?” Fifth graders build on their repertoire of reading and writing skills through the content of our humanities focus: immigration. Using primary sources, biographies, podcasts, and books, students compare and contrast historical and contemporary events surrounding migration to the United States. Fifth graders investigate why people move, how the immigration process is complicated, and the positive impacts immigrants make in American society.
Students in Grade 5 read daily in books selected for personal interest, and books shared by a small group or the whole class. By reading more complex texts and analyzing character complexity and goals, conflict, the impact of setting on the story, theme, and symbolism, students deepen their comprehension. Fifth graders practice discussing books by asking open-ended questions, building off one another's ideas, and supporting ideas with text evidence.
Students engage in narrative, informational, and persuasive writing, focusing on improving topic development, organization, and craft elements specific to each genre. Students also become researchers, taking notes, synthesizing and presenting information, and making arguments in written and oral form. Fifth graders continue studying essential elements of grammar by analyzing and creating compound sentences. Students apply the skills taught to produce polished final drafts.
Through projects like identity artifacts museums, immigrant journey interviews, walk-a-mile letters, and free choice research, fifth graders deepen their understanding of their own identities and build empathy as they learn about others’ experiences.