Curriculum

Class Grade View

Summer Study | Break

If you have not already done so, please consider establishing a summer study schedule. Below are some suggestions and links to helpful resources.

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1. Intro to Fifth Grade | Main Lesson Block

A short week in which we meet again, share stories of summer, transform our new classroom into a home, organize class materials, and establish expectations, routines, hopes and dreams.

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2. Mesopotamia | Main Lesson Block

We will study the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, beginning with ancient Sumer. We will learn about early creation stories, the dawn of agriculture, the first lawgivers, early brick makers, early mathematics, and early cuneiform writing.

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3. Botany I: Non-Flowering Plants | Main Lesson Block

In fifth grade the scientific focus turns to botany. With increasing scientific rigor students will examine the various plant and plant-like phyla. A new respect for scientific accuracy is encouraged through direct and detailed observations. The use of accurate scientific terminology, including Latin and Greek roots is introduced. 

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4. Freehand Geometry | Main Lesson Block

The study of geometry through freehand drawing and related activities. Students will explore properties of the line, arc, point, square, rectangle, circle and triangle, and discover the Theorem of Similar Triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem. The use of simple tools encourages the development of sustained concentration.

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5. Geography I: North American Continent | Main Lesson Block

The first fifth-grade geography block centers on the geology and climate of North America. We will explore how the North American continent formed, learn about the major regions, such as mountain ranges, rivers, the great plains, etc.

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6. Ancient India | Main Lesson Block

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7. Ancient Persia | Main Lesson Block

Geography of the Iranian Plateau; Migrations of the Indo-Aryans; The life of Zarathustra; The end of nomadic times and the beginnings of agriculture; Religious tollerance; Cyrus the Great; Darius the Great; The conquest of Babylon

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8. Graphing and Estimation | Main Lesson Block

An introduction to the visual (graphic) display of numeric information. When and why we use graphs. Advantages and disadvantages of graphs. Types of graphs. Accuracy, grouping, and estimating.  Understanding significance, relevance and usefulness. Determining the mean, median, mode, range and outliers. And (of course) much more...

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9. Geography II: North American Cultures | Main Lesson Block

The second fifth-grade geography block explores the variety of cultures that make North America their home. We will begin with the original cultures, such as the Anazazi, Hopi,   Tainos, Navaho, Sioux, Haudenosaunee, Inuit, Yupik, Aztec, Haitian, and West Coast cultures.

We will briefly identify the many nation states, colonies, and "possessions" on this vast continent that stretches from above the Arctic Circle to the tropics. We will conclude with a closer look at the individual states and provinces of Canada, the USA and Mexico.

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10. Ancient Egypt | Main Lesson Block

The geography of Egypt, “the gift of the Nile”. Egyptian myths; Ra, Isis and Osiris. Imhotep, Djoser and the Pyramids. The Sphinx. Pharaoh, priests and scribes. Everyday life in ancient Egypt. Temple construction, mummification and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Egypt’s continuity over 3000 years.

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11. Botany II: Flowering Plants | Main Lesson Block

In fifth grade the scientific focus turns to botany. With increasing scientific rigor students examine the various plant and plant-like phyla. A new respect for scientific accuracy is encouraged through direct and detailed observations. The use of accurate scientific terminology, including Latin and Greek roots is introduced. 

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11.duh? Standardized Testing | Main Lesson Block

We interrupt real learning to bring you a standardized stream of tests. For one very relevant perspective on this plague read, Standardized Testing and Its Victims, by Alfie Kohn, who points out the following pertinent facts:

Fact 1. Our children (in the US) are tested to an extent that is unprecedented in our history and unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

Fact 2. Noninstructional factors explain most of the variance among test scores when schools or districts are compared.

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12. Ancient Greece and Class Play | Main Lesson Block

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13. Closing the Year | Main Lesson Block

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Fifth Grade Music | Specialty Class

Download the ever-growing Class of 2020 Music Book to see some of the songs accompanying our class journey.

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Mathematics | Specialty Class

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English | Specialty Class

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Art | Specialty Class

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Fifth Grade Woodworking | Specialty Class

In fifth grade, students learn to carve an egg using a professional carving knife. If time allows, they can carve an egg stand or begin another project. This year's additional projects include a new garden cart and a 15 foot wooden boat.

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Gardening | Specialty Class

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Movement | Specialty Class

In movement class, students practice the five events of a Greek Pentathlon: discus, javelin, wrestling, long jump and running. In the spring the class participates in an all day Pentathlon festival and competition with other regional Waldorf schools. This is the culmination of the student’s physical individualism before they enter, in sixth grade, the new dynamics of team-based sports.

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Handwork | Specialty Class

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