5th Grade Curriculum

Fifth grade is referred to as the “golden year” because students at this age are enthusiastic about learning, eager for new challenges and capable of hard work and creativity. A sense of self-consciousness emerges, yet they remain confident and harmonious with their surroundings. They develop an ordered sense of space and time, and hold a deeper understanding of personal responsibility and the ethics of right and wrong.

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
- Botany
- Decimals
- Freehand geometry

LANGUAGE ARTS
- Greek mythology
- Topic statements, rough drafts and revisioning
- Book reports and research papers
- Grammar
- Weekly vocabulary/spelling tests
- Complex memorization of their lines and actions for parts in the 5th grade play

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
- Ancient civilizations—India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece
- North American geography
- Native American cultures

ART
- Painting and drawing
- Sculptural modeling

HANDWORK
- Four-needle knitting, sock making

MUSIC
- Introductino of wind or brass instrument
- Orchestra or band
- Recorder and singing
- Music literacy
- 5th/6th grade chorus

GYM & EURYTHMY
- Individual training for Pentathlon: discus, javelin, long jump, wrestling, running
- Eurythmy for balance, poise, alertness and synchronous movement

WORLD LANGUAGES
- Alternating 6-week blocks of German and Spanish
- Develop memory, language, translative thinking and vocabulary skills

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Pentathlon: three day competition with midwest Waldorf schools
- 5th grade play: Myth from an ancient culture
- Past plays have included: Theseus & the Minotaur, The Light of Isis and Osiris, and The Fall of Troy.
- German seasonal song performance at Christkindlmarket
- Field trip: Oriental Institute or Field Museum

 

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STUDENT BLOCK BOOK: GERMAN is part of the WORLD LANGUAGES PROGRAM

The seasons and climate are studied in the 5th grade curriculum's German Block.