5th Grade Curriculum
Fifth Grades, students continue to expand their creative writing skills, learn to write expository essays, comparison and contrast essays, and book and research reports. All of our elementary students visit our library frequently and read daily for information and for pleasure.
By the time our students reach the Fifth Grade, they are using problem-solving skills to solve expressions and equations, practice graphing, probability and statistics, ratio, proportions, percentages, and geometry, all of which reinforce the basic skills they have acquired from previous grades.
In 5th grade science, students continue to implement the Scientific Method and Engineering Process as they conduct inquiry-based experiments and investigations. By 5th grade, students conduct their own experiments and investigations with partners or small groups and share their data in meaningful ways. They strengthen their knowledge of matter, forces and motion, forms of energy including light and sound, changes to Earth’s surface, natural resources, weather and climate, the Earth, sun, and moon system, energy and ecosystems, and heredity and adaptations. In conjunction with our STEM program, students conduct weekly, hands-on experiments, investigations, and challenging activities. There are also resources available online with the Science Fusion curriculum.
5th graders use the Studies Weekly curriculum as they learn U.S. History. They begin the year with an in-depth study of Spanish colonization in the Americas followed by researching the Revolutionary War and Civil War. They discover how the United States developed and came to be what it is today. Students further develop note-taking skills, research strategies, and their knowledge of historical information as they use online sources and the weekly newspaper as part of our U.S. Studies Weekly curriculum. Projects are presented, skits performed, and debates conducted as students exhibit higher level thinking skills.
Our Elementary students study Spanish. Students are taught basic vocabulary and greeting skills as well as more complex skills such as verb usage and tenses. Students are encouraged to converse in Spanish with other students in order to build an even greater understanding of the language. Tools such as literature, music and video are also used.
Students take part in two full-scale musical productions each school year in our brand new fine arts complex. While rehearsing for their productions, students learn proper breathing techniques, performance skills, and basic theatre terminology and practices.
All students follow a program of visual art throughout the year culminating in the Banff School Art Festival, where they show several pieces of art. The program explores the use of diverse media and various sources from photographs to famous paintings to the student's own environment.
A full curriculum is taught that includes skill building, hand/eye coordination and motor skill refinements. Students will be taught to utilize agility, endurance and teamwork by participating in exercise drills and sport games. Healthy lifestyles in and out of the school gym are encouraged and supported.
Our Elementary students refine their computer skills in a number of classes. At Banff we introduce technology at an early age to prepare students for future classes.