In 5th grade, teachers emphasize more independent learning
skills and more abstract concepts. Assignments are longer and more
complex, and students are taught how to plan their time and divide
projects into parts. Writing expectations increase, and students write
longer stories, poems, essays, and more formal, structured reports.
Teachers stress the value of primary sources.
social studies cycle focuses on U.S. history from pre-European times to
the Civil War, with units such as “Native People and the Land,”
“Rights,” “Resistance to Slavery,” “Daily Life,” and “The Industrial
Revolution.” Students visit Old Sturbridge Village and the mill museums
- Each class performs a classic play such as one by Shakespeare or a
play the students have written together. The plays are performed in the
evening in the King Open auditorium for family, staff, and friends.
- Science units include ecosystems, magnets and motors, oceanography, and computers.
- In music, the year is devoted to instrumental exploration, and
students are given one or two weeks of instruction in many of the major
instruments (in middle school they will choose one instrument).