Lower School

5th Grade

Fifth graders are the leaders of lower school.  As writers, they are constantly generating and revising new work.  As readers, they tackle more complex, longer works of literature and join with friends across town in interscholastic reading games.

They use their observational powers, deductive reasoning, and knowledge of scientific principles to solve the mystery of the kidnapped tortoise, and apply their coding skills to circuits and servos to begin tackling robotics.

As mathematicians, they advance beyond whole-number calculations to perform operations with fractions and decimals, and to convert seamlessly between the two.  They devise research projects and conduct statistical analysis.  At the end of the year, they turn the learning around and devise fun carnival games through which to teach younger children age-appropriate lessons in mathematics–with fun prizes.

And to cap of their year of study in civil rights, they take a four-day capstone trip to Washington, D.C. and see civil rights landmarks with their own eyes, which both brings their learning alive and prepares them for the big move to middle school.

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Curriculum

Language Arts

Learning to read and write well is the mainstay of education at Moses Brown.  Every child’s journey is unique, and our language arts program integrates reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary development to help children to become strong, articulate communicators. In reading workshop, students use strategies that will help them throughout school and...

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Math

Fifth graders at Moses Brown begin the first of three years of preparation for Algebra in eighth grade.  The concepts and skills in fifth grade prime students to take on the challenge of middle school.  They hone their abilities in multiplication and long division, explore the power and limitations of statistics and data analysis, and...

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History/Social Studies

Fifth graders at Moses Brown, as the oldest students in lower school, understand that they are capable of discussing complicated–and challenging–topics.  With this knowledge, they address serious matters, engaging as scholars and compassionate people. Novels like Iqbal and Ajeemah and His Son ask children to think about issues like child labor and slavery, and the...

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Science

Fifth grade is the culminating year in the Lower School, and as such, we have high expectations for our oldest scientists. By this point they are experienced observers and aware of the importance of asking questions about the world around them. Moreover, they are ready to assume greater responsibility for their own lives and for...

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STEM

In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, today’s fifth graders need to learn how to create digital products, not just consume them.  Coding introduces kids to the process of computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand. As these children grow, the ability...

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World Languages

Fifth graders study Spanish in half groups for thirty minutes twice a week, and for forty-five minutes one additional period per week.  We use humor and commit to using the most frequently-occurring words in the Spanish language to improve students’ comprehension and fluency. Students complete a weekly online vocabulary learning assignment, using a program that...

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Featured Video

5th grade memories and advice

We asked 5th grade students about some of their MB memories and advice they’d like to give to younger students.

Faculty

Lance Evans

Lower School Fifth Grade

Lance Evans

University of New Hampshire – B.S.
Emerson College – M.F.A.

Carolyn Garth

Lower School Fifth Grade

Carolyn Garth

Tufts University – B.A.
University of Massachusetts – M.Ed.

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