Lower School 5th Grade Courses
The 5th-grade curriculum at Laurel Springs includes courses in language arts, math, science, and social studies, as well as opportunities to explore subjects such as coding. The school also offers enrichment programs, such as electives to further enhance students’ learning experiences. Overall, Laurel Springs offers a dynamic and comprehensive online learning experience for 5th graders that prepares them for future academic and personal growth.
This course provides structured lessons on reading, writing, grammar, and research. Students study parts of speech including verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, and prepositional phrases. The course spends time focusing on plot, setting, themes, and points of view. In addition, students will compare different types of drama and various forms of poetry. They will learn how to read and gather information from scientific articles and historical accounts. Students will go through the research process of planning, gathering information, analyzing information, and then presenting information in a multimedia format.
This course combines the study of United States history through the Civil War with a geographical exploration of the United States and what it has to offer. Students will use their understanding of social studies skills and concepts as they study the development of the United States. Video, creative projects involving technology, journaling, and varied assessments will be used throughout the course.
This research-based course focuses on computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. This interactive course features new graphics, learning tools, and games; adaptive activities that help struggling students master concepts and skills before moving on. This course builds on student understanding of numbers and operations by making connections between place value, decimals, and fractions; introducing multiplication and division of decimal numbers; and extending understanding of fraction operations. The course enhances fluency of operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals through application in the solving of measurement, geometry, and data-analysis problems using mathematical problem-solving techniques. Students continue to develop algebraic thinking as they work with variables and formulas to solve multistep word problems, they further study patterns and rules, and they are introduced to representing problems graphically using the coordinate plane.
This research-based course provides structured lessons to introduce students to general science principles in physical science including topics in energy, force, and motion as well as energy resources. Students study topics in earth science related to the structure of the earth and rocks and minerals. Basic chemistry lessons include the periodic table and compounds and mixtures. Students explore astronomy with units in outer space and space exploration. Students learn biology topics such as cells and kingdoms. Lastly, students are introduced to the study of ecology and ecosystems.
Health & Wellness
5th Grade Health and Wellness helps young learners establish a basic understanding of the aspects of health. Students focus on the various aspects of their health and how they can make healthy choices. Topics of study include mental, emotional, family, and social health; growth and nutrition; personal health and safety; drugs and disease prevention; and community and environmental health.