5th Grade

The last year of Knollwood School offers students many exciting opportunities and privileges. In Fifth Grade, our focus is on allowing students to become more independent learners and take more responsibility for their education.  Organizational skills are developed in order to prepare for middle school.  

Please see the specific topics we cover below:

Reading/Writing Workshop:

Students work in both large and small groups to read and analyze texts. Our day consists of a daily read aloud, which is used to spark student interest in reading and allow the teacher to model strategies. We focus on skills such as recognizing the point of view of characters and authors. Students are taught to analyze complex texts and increase their reading stamina and analytic skills with their independent reading books.

Mentor texts are also used to help students advance their writing strategies and skills by writing both short and long pieces to develop stronger writing skills.


This year we began by reviewing place value and numerical operations.  Students then brushed up on their multiplication and division skills. Currently, we are studying operations with decimals. In addition, students are learning to apply these skills to solve more complex word problems. We will continue to use Reflex Math to develop fact fluency in the  basic operations for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Social Studies:

We start each day by reviewing current events by viewing CNN 10.  This year we have focused on the presidential election and are now delving into United States history by studying the U.S. Constitution and Branches of Government. After learning how the government works, students will study history Westward Expansion, and Slavery and the Civil War.


Students explore scientific concepts and engage in online digital activities that accompany what they have learned.  Throughout the year students study Engineering & Technology, Earth and Sun, Mixtures and Solutions, & Living Systems.

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