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Science in the Fifth Grade

Building flashlights, wiring light bulbs, meeting African frogs and fiddler crabs are just some of the many exciting, engaging, and educational activities students take part in while enrolled in our science courses. We blend authentic, project-based activities to give students the opportunity to come up with their own conclusions to scientific questions. Professional guidance and captivating activities result in new learning that will spark a love for scientific inquiry and investigation.

Science Option A

Electric Circuits

In this “electrifying” course, students learn all about electrical concepts while wiring circuits to light bulbs, constructing flashlights, and having lots of fun! Children are introduced to insulators and conductors, they learn about the symbolic language of electricity, and finally, draw and build their own electrical designs.

Lesson 1–Wiring a Light Bulb

Lesson 2–Electric Currents

Lesson 3–Conductors, Insulators, and Diodes

Lesson 4–Constructing a Flashlight

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Science Option B

Animal Studies

By caring for and observing three unique animals during the animal studies unit–the dwarf African frog, the fiddler crab, and the millipede–students are able to focus on animal behavior, comparing and contrasting the needs, behaviors, and anatomical structures of each organism.  Each student creates and maintains a personal observation log in which he or she records notes about each animal throughout the unit.

Lesson 1–Unique Animals

Lesson 2–Observation Logs

Lesson 3–Humans vs. Animals

Lesson 4–Research Methods

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Science Option C

Motion and Design

This unit combines the physics of forces and motion with technological design. Students use plastic construction materials, weights, rubber bands, and propellers to design and build vehicles, then test how those vehicles respond to different forces of motion, like pushes and pulls.

Lesson 1–The Physics of Forces and Motion

Lesson 2–Vehicles

Lesson 3–Forces:  Friction, Gravity, Air Resistance

Lesson 4–Design Challenge

Lesson 5–Student Showcase


Technology in the Fifth Grade

Our fifth grade technology curriculum continues to focus on honing skills students already have and adding to that skill set by providing children authentic, project-based activities that boost confidence and creativity. Because fifth graders have a natural interest in technology, We use that to teach technology skills by providing unique real-world learning opportunities so that children can make the connection between technology and how to best use it, safely.

Technology Option AIntroduction to Computer Programming for Grade 5

Every student should have an opportunity to learn about computing. Children are engaged by computers, laptops, and smartphones. In Introduction to Computer Programming for Grade 5, students go beyond using these devices, and learn how to program these technologies. Programming is simply giving the computer explicit directions on how to complete a task. Students write increasingly complex programs they can play with and share with their classmates and families, while learning how to collaborate with others, hone their problem-solving skills, and persist through challenging problems.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Technology and Computer Programming

Lesson 2

Graph Paper Programming (Unplugged Activity)

Paper Planes (Unplugged Activity)

Maze Sequence

Lesson 3

Artist Sequence

Getting Loopy (Unplugged Activity)

Lesson 4

Maze Loops

Artist Loops

Bee Loops

Lesson 5

Student Showcase

Technology Option B

Productivity Software Learning Labs

By grade 5, students are already tech-savvy. In Productivity Software Learning Labs, students go beyond basic computing to using productivity software. Students are immersed in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software real-world projects whereby they learn invaluable computing concepts. Students leave this course with an expansive foundation of technology skills.

Lesson 1–Word Processing

Lesson 2–Spreadsheets

Lesson 3–Presentations

Lesson 4–Digital Art

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Technology Option C

Makerbot 3D Printing Labs

In this exciting course, students are introduced to 3D printing, using Makerbot professional 3D printers. Students learn how to operate, troubleshoot, and design their own 3D printing projects that they can share with family and friends during our Student Showcase.

Lesson 1–Introduction to 3D Printing

Lesson 2–Lab 1–Thingiverse

Lesson 3–Lab 2–PrintShop

Lesson 4–Tinkercad

Lesson 5–Student Showcase


Engineering in the Fifth Grade

Our engineering curriculum introduces the basic principles of engineering using hands-on projects and activities that focus on the design process. Students design, build, and test structures while learning the fundamentals of engineering individually and in teams. We stress creativity, innovation, and and fun! Activities are designed so that students problem-solve by thinking “outside the box,” and engineering designs that are safe, efficient, and solve authentic engineering dilemmas.

Engineering Option A

Hands-On Engineering Labs

In this project-based course, students build gliders, aqua thrusters, and other fun and engaging fifth grade engineering feats. Because children are natural-born engineers, they already love to build, wreck, and build again! They can do that here, while learning engineering concepts that they will use long after the program ends.

Lesson 1–Aqua Thruster Lab

Lesson 2–Ball Bounce Lab

Lesson 3–Glider Competition Lab

Lesson 4–Yogurt Cup Speaker Lab

Lesson 5–Break the Tension Lab

Engineering Option C

Engineering Structures

What child doesn’t want to build the tallest tower or design the fastest marble run? In Engineering Structures students build towers, bridges, magnetic buildings, and other fun structures while they learn important engineering skills. Children are born builders (and wreckers!), we build on those abilities while teaching kids how to problem-solve, work collaboratively in groups, and most importantly, to think like engineers.

Lesson 1–Bridges Building Lab

Lesson 2–Vehicle Building Lab

Lesson 3–Magnetic Building Lab

Lesson 4–Marble Run Lab

Lesson 5–Roller Coaster Lab

Engineering Option C

Lego Engineering Labs

The aim of this course is to inspire and support students in creating innovative engineering projects using LEGO’s. If you’re new to LEGO STEM Labs, this is the perfect place to begin! Students are challenged with real-world engineering missions while learning fundamental engineering concepts and team building skills.

Lesson 1–Simple Machines

Lesson 2–Powered Machines

Lesson 3–Lab 1

Lesson 4–Lab 2

Lesson 5–Student Showcase


Math in the Fifth Grade

From math games to digital math, our curriculum blends fun and learning in a technology-rich environment that promotes blended learning and student success. Students are introduced to online learning opportunities in Digital Math, they get a head start on upcoming mathematical concepts in Math Missions:  Grade 5 Edition, and connect math with other disciplines such as art and history in Math Connections.

Math Option A

Digital Math

In this course, students are introduced to and practice new math skills using computers and tablets. They learn new technical skills while learning mathematics. The lessons in this course are colorful, cheerful, vibrant, constantly evolving, and most of all fun! Students learn new math concepts, how to navigate digital devices, how to work in teams, and how to be safe online.

Lesson 1–Internet Introduction Lab and Internet Safety Lab

Lesson 2–Introduction to Math Learning Software

Lesson 3–Games, Games, Math, and Games

Lesson 4–Math Websites

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

Math Option B

Math Missions: Grade 5 Edition

In Math Missions: Grade 5 Edition, students are introduced to fundamental mathematical concepts that will give them an edge in school. We begin by reviewing essential skills that are necessary for further success in Grade 5. We then add to that skill set by immersing students in engaging learning activities that reinforce confidence in their mathematical abilities.

Lesson 1–Review of Essential Skills

Lesson 2–Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division

Lesson 3–Fractions

Lesson 4–Place Value and Decimals

Lesson 5–Geometry

Math Option C

Math Connections

In this course, we learn how math lives all around us in almost everything we do. We show students that math is not just about numbers, but it is also connected to many other disciplines. We blend math with other interesting topics such as art and science, so that students recognize the immense ability to create and innovate even within the confines of mathematical rules. The earlier kids begin to think like creators and innovators, the earlier they will create and innovate!

Lesson 1–Math and Art

Lesson 2–Math and Science

Lesson 3–Math and History

Lesson 4–Math and ELA

Lesson 5–Student Showcase

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