Fifth Grade

5th Grade Trailblazers at Capital Prep are preparing for a strong transition to middle school while still showing leadership in the lower school program. We challenge each child to perform their absolute best while we interweave our social justice strands into Connecticut’s Common Core Curriculum each quint.

Reading foundational skills are utilized to ensure fluent reading on grade level texts and to self-monitor when words are miscued. Trailblazing fifth grade readers read literature and can accurately quote information from a text to support a conclusion, compare and contrast two or more settings and characters, and explain how a text is organized. Investigative fifth graders compare and contrast multiple view points on the same informational topic and create their own conclusion, and explain author’s reasons for including information in a text. Fifth graders are immersed in vocabulary that is both domain specific and have diverse strategies to learn new words both literally and figuratively. Opinion, informative, and narrative pieces consist of multiple paragraphs, are highly refined and contain coherent development and organized structured, with an appropriate task, purpose, and audience. Our students present their work through graded oral presentations. During class and small group discussions, they pose questions specific to a topic and summarize information orally stated to them to demonstrate and develop their listening and speaking skills.

5th Grade math course focuses mainly on three areas: developing fluency with adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators and developing understanding of the multiplication and division of fractions; developing understanding of operations with decimals to the hundredths; and developing understanding of volume. Having fluency with whole number operation strategies and properties of operations allows students to calculate and make reasonable estimates for calculations with fractions. On the other end of the concept of place value, students use the whole numbers to develop understanding of why division procedures work. They finalize fluency with multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and apply these understandings along with understanding the relationship between fractions and decimals to compute with decimals. With a thorough knowledge of operations, their procedures and geometric shape properties, students add another layer to geometry with the introduction of three-dimensional shapes and volume.

All students receive engaging instruction whether it is in a whole or small group and have the opportunity to participate in interactive group activities. Within the daily classroom routine, students participate in group activities to strengthen their problem solving skills. With problem-based learning, your child will have the opportunity to make sense of problems, persevere in solving them with reason and precision and construct reasonable arguments using the language of “find, know, strategy, and show.” This will help with their transition to more self-responsibility in middle school and reinforce great learning habits in the classroom. The activities support the Pearson’s EnVisions Math program, which is also fully accessible to you and your child’s use at home. With our learning centers and using Envisions as a guide, our 5th grade scholars master the concepts of place value, decimals, long division, fractions, measurement, data analysis, basic algebra skills, and geometry.

Science is taught mainly through small-group instruction for the purpose of conducting inquiry-based learning. Our science labs are designed to promote learning through inquiry and give your child the opportunity to question and explore science at their own pace. Our inquisitive scientists review Lab Safety and Scientific Inquiry which then enables them to appropriately conduct labs dealing with: sound; light; human perception and stimuli; human relationship with technology; the Earth, Sun and Moon; and water.

As Fifth-graders begin their final year in the lower school, they combine all their knowledge to deepen their understanding of the social context in which they live. A comprehensive study of the American Revolution lays the foundation for students to look at the formation of government, the role of citizens, and how individual historical figures have changed the trajectory of American history. As a result, students gain insight into what it takes to be an agent of social change. Building upon their knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of citizenship in the earlier grades, the application of these concepts expands to the federal government level. The role of government is viewed in terms of how it balances its competing priorities between personal liberties, economics, and politics.

Fifth grade scholars are responsible for completing a yearlong capstone project that answers their grade level social justice question: “How do social injustices affect communities and what can we do about it?” They now have the perspective to formulate a thoughtful response through extensive research and collaboration with community and school resources. This experience truly defines the makings of a Trailblazer!