Grade 5



MUSE fifth graders are enthusiastic readers and writers. In fifth grade, students read and analyze a variety of genres including poetry, narratives, informational texts and more. They read to learn new information, strengthen their critical thinking skills, and develop their own writing craft. Students participate in weekly fluency practice, vocabulary studies, and become active readers through annotating text and posing and answering their own comprehension questions. Fifth graders participate in collaborative novel studies, independent reading, learn how to conduct research and navigate through credible sources. Students express themselves and show what they know in writing through journal entries, opinion pieces, narratives, and informational text. Students begin to take ownership of the writing process by experimenting with different ways of brainstorming, drafting, peer editing, revising and publishing their work.


In fifth grade, students directly explore measurement through U.S. customary units and the Metric System during hands-on experiments and passion-based projects. Fifth graders learn to gather and interpret data collections. Number and Operations in Base Ten is expressed through a myriad of real-world situations. In Fifth Grade, students are developing math fluency through the multiplication, division, addition and subtraction of fractions. Students’ understanding of mathematical concepts are strengthened through researched thematic projects. Geometry is explored in volume with real life activities and demonstrations. Data sets with graphing of student interest topics are calculated and translated to inventive grids. The foundations of being a mathematical learner is highly influenced by Jo Boaler. Students learn how to approach mathematical concepts with an open mindset and an understanding that failing forward can lead to positive growth.


At MUSE School, fifth graders are inquisitive, innovative, experiential learners. Students engage in science concepts through Scientific Inquiry and hands on experiences. Students enjoy making their own discoveries and have many “aha moments” that they share with their classmates. Through Biodiversity, students explore Life Sciences discovering Plant Life and Water. Fifth graders take excursions to local water recycling plants, watersheds and study about campus groundwater. Earth Sciences are explored through the understanding of the Solar System/NASA and Weather. Students are introduced into the Physical Science elements. Fifth graders study the human body and learn about the digestion and the circulatory system. Mentorships from the local community give a real world understanding to science research and discoveries. The campus’s natural beauty and geographical location give students an outdoor perspective and hands-on experiments to inquire, test and learn. The school’s philosophy of One Meal A Day is incorporated into student learning through the school’s gardens, repurposing of materials, composting and our Waterflow of Naturally Filtered Water.

Social Studies

Fifth graders start off the year learning about Pre-Columbian settlements and Native Americans’ way of life. Students learn about the explorers and the technological developments made during European colonization. Throughout fifth grade social studies lessons, students engage in geographical study through map making and identifying water and land routes of the explorers. Fifth graders get to experience what life was like during the development of the 13 colonies all the way up to the American Revolution through a historical fiction novel study. Students enjoy developing their own opinions, thoughts, or feelings about historical content and sharing with their peers. Fifth graders spend time learning about the start of the U.S. government. Students conduct studies analyzing the meaning and purpose of the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution. They learn about the three branches of government and the fundamental principles of American constitutional democracy. Students enjoy learning about the 50 states as they create their own maps and make connections between what we learned in class, their personal travels, and the United States.


Teachers and students come together as a class to build community and focus on self-efficacy, self-reflection and communication. This daily practice allows time for students to set and reflect on personal goals. Topics such as community issues and social justice are explored. MUSORY topics are guided by the self-efficacy and communication standards in the grade 5 curriculum guide and are developmentally and age appropriate.

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