Fifth Grade Makes Learning Fun!
Walk into the fifth grade classroom, and you can see much activity in progress as the students are actively engaged in the learning process. Take a look at how the curriculum is made relevant and exciting through enriching field trips that correlate with the lessons of a particular unit. Realize the profound faith formation that takes place at St. Joseph Hessen Cassel, a school where religion is important!
Religious training in the fifth grade includes the Creed of the Catholic faith, the seven sacraments, and the importance of the celebration of the Mass. Students learn to serve at this level, and are invited to participate in the liturgy at school Masses. Some students enjoy singing in the children’s choir as well.
A major component of the curriculum is American history. Wow! Think of all the rich heritage that St. Joseph School is immersed in having been an active place of learning for over 140 years! “Hands on” projects take children out of their seats and let them learn through independent research, artistic expression, and interaction with their peers in cooperative groups. Students are always asking about when the next project will be. They are so enjoying this type of active learning.
The health curriculum has enjoyed a recent resurgence this year, as the fifth grade has combined with the fourth grade students to learn about nutrition, healthy eating, and becoming fit for life. Parents have expressed complete satisfaction with this program, saying how their child really looks forward to the next health class and is sharing new knowledge with the rest of the family at home. That is real education!
By the time the fifth grade students complete fifth grade, they will have matured in other areas as well. Three main goals of the fifth grade are: Responsibility, Organization, and Respect. This training is paramount to success later in junior high school. Those teachers have complimented the program over and over for the help it has given the incoming students in making a successful transition and being “ready” for Junior High.
Mrs. Janelle Herber – 5th grade teacher
Here are some websites that we have used/recommend:
Biome Research Project