In 5th grade, we value a spirit of inquiry. Every lesson begins with a question: How can investigating the actions of a character help us identify the theme of a text? How can we use objects to “act out” a problem in math? How might including quotes from experts strengthen our argument? We believe that students learn best when their curiosity is piqued, when they are empowered to discover answers for themselves, and when they receive strategic coaching from their teachers. Recently, our budding scientists explored the chemistry of diapers. Just how much liquid can one diaper hold? Which part of the diaper seems to absorb all that liquid? This spirit of inquiry and creating memorable, inspirational experiences is critical to student learning, retention, and the big fun that is 5th grade at SPS!
Elementary PE has been staying active and learning new skills. Before winter break all elementary classes participated in a jump rope unit. Within the jump rope unit students practiced different types of jumps and learned about the benefits of jumping rope. We are currently in the middle of our basketball unit practicing dribbling, passing and shooting.