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5th Grade

5th Grade

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5th graders visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab

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A goal broken down into steps becomes
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Our fifth grade team works collaboratively to ensure all fifth graders are successful. As a grade level, we plan for grade level activities, analyze data, and share our best practices on a regular basis.

We also pride ourselves on our individual strengths and teaching methods, that allow for creative instruction and autonomy, that benefits our students’ unique learning styles.

5th Graders posing outdoorsWhile addressing the Common Core State Standards, we strive to ensure that our fifth graders are academically, mentally, and socially prepared for middle school. The elements of STEAM are incorporated and integrated into all areas of our curriculum.5th grade with Lightning McQueen car

While using all district required programs, we supplement every subject with project and problem-based learning. We use technology to research and present our learning, including video presentations using Flipgrid or the embedded video tool in Schoology, the Google suite of applications, and Nearpod.

5th graders performing at the Holiday Show


We regularly incorporate science and engineering in math projects, from building tiny houses to planning and creating a 9 foot by 12 foot scale mural for culmination. STEAM-inspired arts projects include visual arts representations of scientific models, presenting dramatizations (including full length musicals and reader’s theater) about history, science, or character development. As a team, we teach the four science content areas, and spice up our rotations with other elements of STEAM, including the engineering design process, hip hop dance, Spanish, and instruction in G-Suite applications. As a culminating project at the end of each year, fifth graders complete a project that is derived from Haskell’s annual theme, that is connected to the fifth grade standards.

Our fifth grade community is divided up two ways-classrooms, and houses. Our houses are Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, and each teacher is the head of one house. Each year we hold a sorting ceremony, that creates a different organization for students to interact with, learn team building skills, and create a unique and spirited community.5th Graders playing Monopoly with Principal Covert

As the year winds down, eligible fifth graders get to participate in a variety of special activities to celebrate their final year as a Haskell Rascal. Game Day, softball against the teachers, and a harbor cruise in San Pedro. Our students participate in a culmination ceremony, including student speeches, inspiring songs, and honoring students’ accomplishments. It is a day to reflect on their years here at Haskell, and celebrate the growth they have made as students, but more importantly, as people.

As a team, we work hard to make fifth grade full of academic progress, as well as a truly memorable experience.