Picture of Carlthorp School
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Fifth Grade

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”
John Adams

Carlthorp students say that fifth grade is a year to remember. Besides the core curriculum, fifth grade traditions feature a course of study designed to interest everyone. Everything that happens in the fifth grade is experienced first-hand.  For example, when the class is learning about Salem, the students re-enact the Salem Witch Trials complete with a magistrate who will deliver a verdict of guilty or innocent to each of the alleged “witches.” Your child will be dipping candles and making tin lanterns on Colonial Crafts Day too.

The social studies curriculum features American history from the Pilgrims and early patriots through the Revolutionary War and Westward Expansion.  Whether spending the night on the brig Pilgrim in Dana Point or embracing a week-long trip to Boston and Philadelphia, the fifth grade brings American history to life, and students love every minute of it.

Students utilize laptop computers in the classroom to support their learning.  Small-group English, math, and reading groups strengthen fundamental academic skills.