Grade Five Curriculum

Milton’s fifth grade students grow as conceptual thinkers and focus on understanding events and situations from multiple perspectives. Students learn how to uphold and effectively communicate their own ideas, while also practicing the critical skill of listening to others for understanding. They become increasingly independent, in their learning and their organization habits. They learn to pace themselves, managing short-term guidelines for increasingly complex long-term projects. Grade 5 students are role models for Milton’s Lower School, leading weekly meetings and serving as buddies to our youngest students in Kindergarten. Students in Grade 5 grow in confidence as they expand their leadership skills.

In Grade 5, students ask “What is leadership? How do leaders lead? How can I make an impact on the world?” They investigate United States history, economics, civil rights, civil law and women’s suffrage. They explore geography, Greek mythology and culture, and endangered species. Students strengthen their independent writing skills, responsible for editing and revising their own work. They develop proficiency in persuasive writing, and they write and present poems to peers and parents. Students begin using individual Chromebooks and learn how to share documents via Google.

Studies and Skills

Language Arts

Writing

Reading

Spelling

Vocabulary

Grammar

Oral presentations and drama

Readers’ and writers’ journals

Social Studies

United States history, economy and civil rights

Researching

Sharing perspectives

Appreciating multiple perspectives

Honing listening skills

Collaborating

Communicating

Forming ideas

Spanish

Developing listening and speaking skills in Spanish

Appreciating Spanish culture

Developing oral language skills through hands-on activities, games and songs

Building vocabulary

Learning to offer and respond to greetings, questions and commands

Mathematics

Studying number theory

Fractions

Decimals

Ratio

Circles

Problem solving

Reflecting and communicating about mathematical problems and solutions

Learn more about the Connected Math 3 mathematics program

Science

Investigating questions

Big-picture thinking

Studying the human body systems

Engineering

Studying and dissecting owl pellets

Participating in the science fair

Technology/Computer Science

Digital literacy and citizenry

Coding

Robotics

Learning about Chromebooks and Google tools

Game design and animation

Art

Self-directed, independent art projects

Set building for the Grade 5 play

Drama

Improvisation

Character development

Stage movement

Musical theater performance

Music and Chorus

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”

Music of social change

Writing personal sonnets

Posture

Breathing

Diction and stage presence

Two- and three-part harmonies

Note reading

Movement

Physical Education

Improving physical fitness

Developing skill competencies in groups separated by gender

Participating in team and individual sports

Taking part in Project Adventure

Developing teamwork skills