Lower School

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is full of many hands-on learning activities across all subjects -- from experiencing the perils of our forefathers in social studies simulations to stepping into the shoes of an engineer to building a structure that could withstand a hurricane. In both science and math, the students are constantly presented with real-life problems that require critical thinking skills and encourage them to foster a love for learning.

Students complete a webquest through the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York while reading The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and they create their own course of study while reading Surviving the Applewhites. During this year, students learn to write with detail and description, projects include an extensive research report on a Native American tribe culminating with student-created podcasts, writing their own tall tale, and composing their own scripts for original WeVideos. As students gain a rich body of knowledge of their country’s history, they also delve into their own family history and celebrate their roots with a Heritage Luncheon. 

As the elders of the lower school, the fifth graders have many new privileges and responsibilities. The students are matched with their own kindergarten buddies, and they enjoy their monthly visits where they bond and learn the importance of responsibility and friendship. The fifth grade also celebrates the end of the year at a class campout at the All Saints’ Church campground in Big Sur. Ultimately, throughout the year, the students are constantly being challenged and prepared for their upcoming transition to middle school.

Core Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Language Arts

    In fifth grade, language arts skills are emphasized throughout all subject areas, and are further strengthened with specific lessons and activities. Students use the Word Wisdom vocabulary program to build listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In fifth grade, there is a focus on the 6+1 Traits of Writing program, which teaches the key elements that comprise quality writing. Fifth graders are constantly challenged to write accurately and creatively through an array of prompts inspired by picture books, which engage students’ imaginations in highly visual ways. Students continue to build their reading skills through small-group literature circles and discussions. Throughout the year, students read class literature novels that center around the themes of growing up, teamwork, and individuality. In addition, students are encouraged to read books independently that expose them to a variety of genres.
  • Math

    Continuing mastery of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers is a goal of fifth grade math. Students learn key algebraic and geometric concepts, including perimeter, area, ratio, and volume. They’re also sharpening their skills in manipulating decimals and fractions to solve a wide variety of problems. Students are additionally shown the complexities behind even the simplest of problems, and how there is usually more than one way to approach and solve word problems and puzzles. Ultimately, students are constantly being challenged to use their critical thinking skills to work through math problems with real-life applications.
  • Science

    The primary focus of fifth grade science is Life Lab, a garden-based, hands-on science program. Students work in an outdoor and indoor garden laboratory, and are constantly observing the world around them. At the beginning of the year, students adopt and study their own garden plots as they investigate soil, seeds, plant structure, photosynthesis, and plant-animal interdependence. Other major emphases in fifth grade science include meteorology, nutrition, astronomy, and chemistry. Students use an inquiry model in their approach to learning the scientific method, and are continually given practical applications throughout each science unit.
  • Spanish

    Students are enrolled in Spanish. Class instruction is held in the target language. The focus in lower grades is placed on developing oral communication and conversation skills. Songs, stories, games, poems, and props are used to encourage children to participate actively in speaking the language. T.P.R. (Total Physical Response) Storytelling, a method that permits immediate comprehension of the input as students listen to and mimic the phrases in the target language, is used in grades 1 - 5. Students enact dialogues and readings, focus on conversational skills and expand their knowledge of Hispanic countries through poetry, songs, and readings.

    Fifth grade world language students review and expand the language skills developed in Early Childhood through fourth grades. There is a continued emphasis placed on speaking, reading, and writing. Total physical response storytelling (TPRS) continues to be used. Verb conjugations in the present tense of both regular and irregular verbs are introduced.
  • Social Studies

    Through the study of United States history, students are exposed to a wide variety of concepts, including geography, history, government, economics, anthropology, and sociology. The year begins with a study of Native Americans throughout America, and transitions to the early explorers of the eastern United States. From there, students transition to an in-depth study of the colonies, which is paired with a unit on family history. Next, the War for Independence stems our discussion regarding the formation of our early government. Finally, we end the year by delving into Westward expansion. Throughout all of the units, students participate in a wide variety of hands-on projects that also develop their research, technology, writing, and speaking skills.

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Sara Brown

    Sara Brown 

    Assistant Head of School
  • Photo of Meghan Barrager

    Meghan Barrager 

    5th Grade Teacher
  • Photo of Brian Jenkins

    Brian Jenkins 

    Middle School Religion & Ethics, 5th Grade Associate Teacher
  • Photo of Don Balch

    Don Balch 

    Physical Education Teacher
  • Photo of Melanie Klaumann

    Melanie Klaumann 

    Art Teacher
  • Photo of Larissa Lostrom

    Larissa Lostrom 

    3rd Grade Teacher, Character Ed Teacher K-5
  • Photo of Shervin Mader

    Shervin Mader 

    Lower Grade Spanish Teacher, Outreach Coordinator
  • Photo of Andrew Marine

    Andrew Marine 

    Music Director
  • Photo of Sydney Munson

    Sydney Munson 

    Ed Tech Instructor

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8060 Carmel Valley Road
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All Saints Day School, in Carmel, CA, is the only independent, private school on the Monterey Peninsula that focuses solely on educating students in Preschool through Grade 8, and has been doing so, with a reputation for excellence, since 1961.

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