Fifth Grade

Note: Class teachers of combined classes have adjusted the traditional main lesson block schedule with thoughtful consideration to meet the ages within and the children within their class.  Depending on the needs of an individual child, and the homeschooling plan the family is following, more study may be needed at home to compliment the classes chosen at Spring River. Talk to your teacher or the program director for more information.

The fifth grader has grown more accustomed to being an individual; yet, like the third grader, is about to leave another phase of childhood behind and cross the threshold into adolescence. The curriculum not only continues to build on and integrate established foundations, but introduces new elements to prepare the child for the next step forward.  This grade has a focus on Ancient Civilizations and the school year usually ends with Greek Games/Pentathlon.

Main Lesson Subjects (covered daily in 3 hour sessions, 2 or 4 days per week)

  • Math: Decimals; fractions; metric system; introduction to geometry

  • Language Arts: Elements of grammar; spelling; punctuation; structure of paragraphs, compositions; Ancient Indian, Persian, Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greek myths

  • Science: Botany

  • History & Social Studies: Ancient civilizations through Greek times, Pentathlon

  • Geography: American geography as related to vegetation, agriculture, culture and economics

Enrichment Subjects (1-5 days per week)

  • World Language: Continuing instruction in Spanish with further bookwork and grammar, cultural appreciation, poetry, beginning reading.  

  • Living Science: To cultivate a sense of awe in the students regarding science and the natural world around them using experiences with scientific concepts, observations, and experiments to form meaningful impressions that can building onto future experiments and deeper learning. Focus: Botany

  • Forest School: A four hour outdoor, experiential nature immersion class

  • Handwork: Knitting using four needles

  • Visual & Performing Arts: Drama

  • Movement/Physical Education/Games:  Games exploring strength and strategy

During the year, your child's teacher will plan field trips to enhance what's being taught in class. Advance notice will be given and we encourage parents to plan to attend whenever possible.

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