At LFCDS, we believe that at this age, children should be well-rounded individuals who appreciate and enjoy all facets of education and whose learning activities are often inquiry-based
. They should also have opportunities to discover the interconnectedness of the subjects they study and be given ample opportunities for social and physical development. Students begin to discover their own learning style. Therefore, it is important that our program reflects this exploration and discovery by providing learning and assessment experiences in all modalities.
We strive to expose students to the highest academic standards; standards that are maintained through a child-centered, developmental approach to teaching. Students are in transition from concrete to abstract thinking. Risk-taking, independence, ownership of learning, and self-esteem are important qualities to encourage during this critical phase in their development.
Learning is an ongoing adventure with many challenges ahead. Sometimes these challenges can be intimidating. In fifth grade, we focus on communication in order to overcome fears. By giving consideration to each other’s ideas, students create thoughtful work and build relationships. Sharing ideas and helping one another understand values is embedded in many learning opportunity throughout the year.
Fifth grade emphasizes: Self-Advocacy, Technology, Organization, Research, Problem-Solving, Co-operative Learning, Active, Hands-on Learning, Higher-Order Thinking, and Interdisciplinary Work