Fifth Grade


Students learn and discuss behavior, and are given agency through developing class rules, understanding expectations, and creating a safe and encouraging learning environment for their classmates.


Fifth grade mathematicians will study fractions, decimals, percents, number relationships, solving equations with variables, basic operations and properties, positive and negative integers, data analysis, geometry, ratios, probability, and exponents.


Fifth grade scientists will study respiration and circulation in the human body. They will learn about the weather including heat, density, pressure, matter, and state changes. This will lead to exploring the physical and chemical aspects of water, and basic chemistry with a brief discussion of the period tale and chemical bonding.


Reading: Students will participate in a reader’s workshop where they will read independently, participate in "read-alouds" and discussions, and focus on the switch from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

Writing: Students will be involved in Writer’s Workshops each week where each student will choose their own topic within each unit of study and work independently towards developing a piece based on their goals to improve their writing. Students study writing through poetry, character study, literary essays, persuasive essays, research reporting, current event reporting, and writing their own fiction. With each unit, grade level grammar and spelling is incorporated.


Fifth grade historians will learn geography and mapping skills, geography of our nation, and will trace important events of our nation’s history from Native American tribes to the American Revolution. They will learn about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the names and capitals of the 50 states.

Music History

Fifth grade music historians will deepen their familiarity with the overall progression of music theory the ages, and home their reading and writing skills about music. They will look at music notation, and learn more about program notes and music reviews. Students will learn how to correctly report factual information in tandem with personal opinions and convincing arguments.


Ensemble/chamber music is at the core of a Crowden education, where each voice is vital to the group; so too, in P.E. is every player’s individual participation and teamwork crucial. A partial list of units includes: soccer, posture/breathing, swimming, tennis, basketball, track and field, dance, nutrition. Social and emotional learning includes: being engaged in the team environment, teamwork, and awareness of surroundings, increased confidence, sportsmanship, leadership development.


Art will focus on the fundamentals of art, giving students an expanded awareness and understanding of line, form, color, shape, texture, and space, and skills and tools to use that knowledge creatively. Drawing is a primary focus, which may become a larger drawing, painting, or sculptural project. Projects may include observational drawing, perspective, positive and negative space, self-portraits, conceptual drawings, and graphic comics.


In the course of the academic year, students are asked to learn and to interpret choral works, both a cappella and accompanied, in various styles including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical Romantic and Modern. To become familiar with different styles is important, as each style requires a special technical approach, which includes tone quality, sense of phrasing and, most importantly, the interpretation of the text. The ”Allegro” (fourth, fifth, and sixth grade) Chorus focuses on elements of singing technique through singing unison, two and three part treble chorus repertoire, and the fundamentals of the successful choral rehearsal.

The Crowden School

A coeducational day school for grades 4–8, the Crowden School provides a distinguished education with chamber music at its core.