Hemingway School has four Fifth Grade classes, with an average class size of 20 students. Two of our fifth grade classes are Dual Immersion. Our teaching team is dedicated to providing each child with opportunities to progress academically, emotionally, and socially. We strongly encourage our students to accept responsibility for their learning, develop greater independence, and maintain high quality work. Our flexible groupings in subjects, such as math, allow students to feel successful while working at a level that meets their needs and abilities.
Fifth grade has a large curriculum. We focus on U.S. history, studying early explorers, the colonies, and the Revolutionary War. Our students learn and use a variety of map skills, with a focus on the United States. States and capitals are memorized, followed by a U.S. map project where land features, cities, and resources are creatively presented.
In Science, we teach units in earth science, environmental studies, plant and animal cells, chemistry, and the use of the scientific process. Our health units include the circulatory and respiratory systems, as well as drug awareness.
Our students do a wide variety of writings during the year, with a focus on the "Six Traits of Writing".
The language arts program integrates reading, writing, and spelling. To further enrich our reading program, we read chosen paperback books in leveled groups. Accelerated Reader, or AR, is used for independent reading practice with personal goal setting each trimester.
In addition to our regular curriculum, our students attend "Specials" daily. These include Music, Art, P.E., and TECH. Our fifth graders work extra time in the TECH Room creating and publishing our yearbook, and video yearbook, as well as putting together daily news shows, called HTV. Once a week, a team puts together a weekly show that includes clips from around the school and interviews with various people.
Fifth Grade field trips include an educational hike to Baker Lake in the fall, a trip to the Herrett Center in the spring, and several walking trips to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. We also schedule a trip to watch our local ballet performances. Our field trips may vary from year to year, based on our current curriculum and time constraints.
The Fifth Grade at Hemingway provides a solid foundation for a successful transition in to middle school. We are so proud of our school and our fifth grade students for their fine accomplishments.