The fifth grade students continue to build upon everything studied in the fourth grade. While the curricula is challenging, and requires a lot of attention and effort, it is stimulating and fun. The entire curriculum is designed to stretch every student’s critical thinking skills. A laptop computer is provided to every fifth grade student for use in class. We want children to arrive at school every day wanting to come into the classroom.
Mathematical concepts are taught using the Singapore math curriculum. Our aim is to have all students develop a solid foundation of understanding on which to confidently build their mathematical skills in the years ahead. The bar modeling process is more complex in fifth grade and directly relates to pre-algebra. By fifth grade students have built a foundation of understanding and expertise that encourages them to think out of the box as they problem solve and they are encouraged to take the risk to do so.
The fifth grade reading/language arts program is centered on a workshop approach to reading instruction. At CCDS we want students to find a place to include reading in their already busy schedules. We want to help children appreciate what reading can do for them so they will choose to read throughout their lives. Everything CCDS students do in the reading workshop is geared towards making meaning out of what they read. A variety of materials are used to accomplish this.
In fifth grade we continue to use the Writer's Workshop model to further develop writing skills in the areas of narrative, opinion and informational writing. By studying these areas of writing students can further hone their writing skills as well as expand their critical thinking skills in order to be better prepared for the world that awaits them.
Fifth grade social studies is challenging and centers on the important ideas of our country’s development from colonial times up to the Civil War. In addition to our regular textbook, we use three additional texts from the wonderful writer, Joy Hakim. Non-fiction can be as exciting as fiction, and Joy Hakim’s U. S. History series of books are exciting and bring history to life.
The fifth grade science and technology curricula are taught using a departmental approach. The most qualified intermediate teacher provides instruction in these subjects and opportunities for integration across the curriculum are planned at regular intermediate grade level faculty meetings.
One of the wonderful parts of academic studies at CCDS is the Spanish curriculum. Additionally, students will find that music and art are incorporated in every part of the fifth grade curricula. We will use all the arts to help us better understand mathematics, science, language arts and history. Very caring and loving teachers teach all our physical education, technology, music, and art curricula.
Fifth graders make several field trips every school year. Examples are trips such as the San Diego Bay cruise during which scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography provide instruction to the students, the school wide attendance at the San Diego Symphony’s annual Young People’s Concert, and the fifth grade three-day stay at Camp Stevens located in Julian California.
Important goals for fifth grade to ensure all students continue to learn to respect each other in class and on the playground, that they build upon their academic skills, stretch their thinking processes and really strengthen their love of learning. We hope that every student will look forward to coming to school every day---even on test days! It’s possible-teachers and parents working together can do almost anything.