Continuing with the Bridges curriculum, boys estimate and solve equations involving the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions and decimals; extend their understanding of more complex operations in multiplication and division; and develop computational strategies to understand volume within geometry. A key focus for all mathematical concepts is a deep understanding of the how and why of doing math. Boys discover how numbers and operations work together. They choose appropriate operations to solve problems and validate and explain solutions to problems.ENGLISH
Through active exploration of current and classical literature, students read, examine, and construct meaningful understanding of the different genres of writing. Vocabulary, grammar, and spelling instruction serve our students as they learn sophisticated ways to present their thoughts in writing. Using the 6+ Traits of Writing, students learn the importance of each component of the writing process. With varied written practice students learn to convey clearly, accurately, and purposefully what they intend to say.
Fifth grade social studies investigates the cultures of ancient Greece, ancient Mexico, and the events surrounding our American Revolution through the study of history and geography, as well as the use of historical novels, non-fiction books, mythology, research projects, and field trips. Our students seek to understand how these cultures are both different and similar, while discovering what can be learned from the past and understood in the context of the modern world. SCIENCE
Fifth graders study are space and flight, planet research, weather, light and the eye, robotics, the reproductive system, ecology and biomes. Activities include simulated space missions, the straw rocket engineering project, the shuttle glider builder, the sheep eye dissection, and the stream study.LANGUAGES
In fifth grade, students elect to pursue French, Latin, or Spanish for their middle school studies, embarking on an exciting journey into their chosen language and culture. Taught largely in the target language, the goal of the modern language courses is communication in both oral and written forms; whereas, Latin focuses primarily on fluent translation, though some aspects of spoken Latin are integrated into the courses. Boys complete Level 1 over the course of fifth and sixth grades.