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Robert Boostrom

Traditional 5th Grade

Students in 5th grade are taking on leadership roles for the elementary, mastering the skills that they have been developing in their upper elementary years, and preparing for the transition to middle school. We share novels, research, create digital presentations, and take on longer/more complex pieces of writing. We practice mastery with elementary math skills and explore connections between different topics in math and the world around us. We work on art, science, data, and engineering projects in multiple media.

5th Graders create a living history project every May. Students choose a person from American history. They become a figure in our "Wax Museum" to share what they've learned in their research and how they have been inspired with the school community.

We researched National Parks in Social Studies this fall. Students created digital post cards from each park, created a slide presentation describing their parks, and then designed a model of their park's ecosystem (with abiotic and biotic features) in TinkerCAD.

Last spring, when we were learning about the Gospel Value of Creativity, every student read a short book about an artist or engineer. They shared the books with their families during Catholic Schools Week and created a poster describing the artist and how they used their gifts/inspired others.

Every year we decorate a Christmas tree. When I taught 4th grade, we studied the solar system and we created our ornaments around that theme (the sun as the star at the top and working our way down to dwarf planets beyond Neptune and even some extrasolar planet ideas at the bottom). This year the 5th graders wanted to decorate the tree with two units we were studying at the time. One side was decorated with ornaments connected to colonial America, with the other connected to the novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins."

We also design Christmas Factor Trees every year in 4th and 5th grade. We create lots of art with numbers throughout the year but the factor trees are one of my favorites.