5th grade is the last year of elementary school and is an important time for students to cement the skills they have gained throughout the upper grades as well as develop them even further in preparation for middle school. 5th grade is about helping students to practice, refine and grow their skills, taking all that they have learned to the next step. 5th graders build on what they learn in 4th grade by thinking and analyzing in deeper ways about what they learn and read, writing structure, and clear and detailed pieces. They are also encouraged and expected to be more independent in their learning, requiring less guidance and support from adults and teachers. For example, when a student is asked to research a topic, he should be able to know what to do and how to accomplish this goal. Your child certainly may need the assistance of a teacher throughout the research but the child should have the basic tools to do so by themselves.
A 5th grade classroom is structured like most elementary school classrooms, with desks or tables for the students. Our classroom is unique in that we have standing desks for students who want to use them. We have an area for lessons and class meetings and discussions. There will be centers dedicated to different subjects of learning. For instance, there may be an area with all of the math tools and supplies as well as a class library dedicated to reading. Technology is used extensively for all subjects in 5th grade.