The Fifth Grade experience at St. Mary’s encourages our oldest Lower School students to build confidence in their ability to work independently, develop problem solving skills, and conduct their own inquiry-based learning experiences. Students are able to explore our Nation’s history through the eyes of an international inquirer. An exciting culmination to their year includes participation in the Fifth Grade Exhibition, where students will work in cooperative groups to develop their own self-directed lines of inquiry. In addition to content based and individual choice books, students will read a number of class novels that include, Frindle, George’s Secret Key to the Universe, Witch of Blackbird Pond, Fighting Ground and Hoot. Mathematics in the Fifth Grade emphasizes numeration; operations and computation; data and chance; geometry; measurement; reference frames; and patterns, functions and algebra.
Exploratory coursework includes:
- Astronomy and physical sciences field study to Astro Camp in Idyllwild, California
- Physical Education
- Visual Arts
- Christian Enrichment