Tesseract students transition into Middle School in a non-threatening environment where every child blossoms independently guided by our degreed educators who provide high levels of support and input to develop skills and to infuse information, experiences, and ideas. Acknowledging that the transition into Middle School is challenging, Tesseract students benefit from small class sizes and differentiated instruction.
Fifth Grade students study literature and accumulate skills in grammar, vocabulary, spelling and formal writing. Through the Six Traits of Writing program, students take their language arts skills to the next level by beginning to write thoughtful paragraphs and sequencing events to create stories. Literary selections complement the themes for the Science, Spanish and Social Studies curricula such as the Greek novels of Iliad and the Odyssey.
The Mathematics curriculum extends beyond skills acquired in the Lower School. In Fifth Grade, students’ math skills are designed to utilize both skill practice and problem-solving. The initial focus is on ensuring fluency of multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. In addition, fifth graders focus on ratios and rates and interpreting mathematical expressions. Tesseract’s Math Department aligns with the global shift in technology by allowing students to learn principles using the latest technology such as daily use of iPads in the classroom. Differentiated instruction allows educators to adapt and meet the needs of students where they are in mastery of skills and concepts.
In the Science curriculum, fifth-grade students explore the human body, cells, biomes, solar system and astrobiology. Our educators encourage the students to “think outside the box” as they investigate foreign concepts and think creatively and critically when digesting new knowledge of these topics. Students learn to apply the scientific method, formulate research questions, and critically analyze and evaluate data while applying the knowledge they learned about the information in their curriculum. All subject matter is assessed in a variety of ways to ensure concept application and to promote individual growth. Students interact with experiential learning in labs, hands-on activities, and field trips.
Students study history, geography, economics and current events through theory-based instruction and hands-on learning activities in the Fifth Grade Social Studies curriculum. By providing meaningful content and real-life firsthand experiences such as field trips and guest speakers, students are able to make meaningful connections with the information they are learning to the application of history in everyday life. The goals for the department are to promote active and informed citizens about the world around them.