Speaking and reading in Spanish gives boys the opportunity to expand their thinking and comprehension. Fifth grade boys take Spanish two days a week. They review vocabulary, writing and reading skills. They practice story retelling and dialogs. They learn verb conjugation of –ar, -er, -ir, and the verbs to get to and around Spanish-speaking countries. They study places, transportation, and house design and description. The curriculum includes a research project about a Spanish-speaking country, acting, and music activities to practice usage of the language. MUSIC
Fifth grade music provides an outlet for boys to explore and create music through instrumental and vocal music classes. All boys in fifth grade participate in both ensembles, allowing for a unique approach so that they can interact with music in new and exciting ways. The fifth grade chorus and instrumental ensemble perform as part of concerts and assemblies throughout the year. Boys choose and learn how to play a woodwind, brass, or string instrument throughout the year. Fundamentals taught in class include instrument setup, posture, performance techniques, and reading music notation. Care and maintenance of instruments as well as practice methods are also emphasized. In chorus, students establish a love for choral singing while developing important musical skills. Immersed in the experience of choral singing, boys learn essential music theory to help them sight-sing, and breath and vocalize properly, and enhance their ability to match pitch with each other and the piano. Boys also have the opportunity to suggest repertoire. In addition to instrumental and chorus classes, fifth grade boys have the opportunity to join the Middle School Orchestra and audition for the Chamber Players, High Tops Choral Ensemble, and Jazz Band.
Art is a place where the boys discover that art is everywhere. We explore the theme-based curriculum at each grade level and dive a little deeper into cultural art forms. Introductions to artists and traditional cultures play a key role in learning, but it is the student who makes that technique his own. In fifth grade we learn the fundamentals of art. We stretch canvases to paint, throw clay on the wheel, work with mixed mediums, and mold clay using the human figure as a base. Color is a huge element as we explore. We will also explore computer animation and graphic design. The final goal is for each boy to have ownership and confidence in his artwork.PHYSICAL EDUCATION
We provide successful physical experiences for all boys through a curriculum designed to foster and develop the knowledge and values, physical skills, and practices necessary for personal physical fitness and lifetime wellness. In fifth grade, physical education focuses on sport-related activities, physical fitness, and recreational and lifetime activities. The boys meet four times a week. Emphasis is placed on refining specialized skills in sport-related activities, team building activities, and simple game strategies. Activities offered in the fall are soccer, golf, floor hockey, juggling, inline skating, and Tchoukball (combination of handball, volleyball, and squash). Winter activities are swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, climbing/tumbling, table tennis, and team building. Spring activities are baseball and tennis.DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Fifth grade boys develop a city plan and layout for US's originally created Mobile Maze challenge. Boys are placed in teams to create their own version of a city on a 4'x 4'deck. They compete for accuracy and time. Drawings and plans are required and produced with the help of Mindcraft. Using color pencils, markers and other tools, boys take a printed picture of their proposal and turn it into a 3D hand-drawn depiction. The boys are expected to meet the essential safety standards set while working on the shop floor. Introducing each boy to the machines and tools in The William Osborne Wood Shop enhances classroom discussions, demonstrations, and their hands-on experience.