5th Grade


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 produce graphic representations of complex data sets.

Students manipulate numbers and variables, using algorithms to isolate and solve unknown variables.  They also delve deeper into fractional notation and operations, with decimal conversions.  They perform multi-dimensional measurements, calculate perimeter and area, and learn about integer operations and how to map coordinates on an x,y plane.

Fifth grade culminates with a fun project that pulls together students’ mathematical knowledge, their creativity, and their responsibility as the oldest students in lower school.  Using found objects and simple materials, they work in teams to design and build carnival games that have a math challenge that can be adjusted in age-appropriate ways.  During the last week of school, they invite the rest of lower school to come play their games at the ever-popular Math Arcade.  Fifth graders help younger children complete the tasks and work through the math problems to win small prizes.  It’s always a crowning accomplishment that shows fifth graders just how ready they are to move on to middle school.



Susan Pirruccello-McClellan

Lower School Mathematics Coordinator

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Susan Pirruccello-McClellan

Skidmore College – B.A.
Shorter College – Teaching Certificate

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