Welcome to Fifth & Sixth Grade!

Willowwind’s 5/6 program engages students in the study of the natural and social sciences through a project-based learning approach. Project-based learning allows students to deeply explore topics and engage in authentic dialog about the world around them.  Projects link to the curricular theme of the year and can often span several months. Example projects include History Fair, Science Fair, Ancient Civilizations radio shows, science documentaries, and social studies themed plays.


Literacy

Students are placed in literature circles based on their personal reading levels. Depending on the instructional level, these groups will engage in either guided reading sessions or literature talks at least twice a week. Guided reading sessions will focus on increasing reading comprehension and fluency. Literature talks will give students an opportunity to engage in meaningful, accountable discussion about a common text.  Students will also engage in conversations with their literature circles and respond to prompts on their respective books.

Writing units most often correspond with project-based work and/or reading units.  Regardless of the writing unit (fiction or nonfiction), emphasis will be placed on using the writing process- prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Social Studies

Students will explore American history from the formation of the Thirteen Colonies through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Our fifth and sixth graders will engage in discussions and readings to address the questions like “What shapes a society?” and “What happens when a society lacks critical resources?” As students prepare to participate in challenging discussions, lessons on civil discourse provide students with the tools they need to have productive, thoughtful, open-minded conversations.

Students are engaged in learning as they represent the Founding Fathers and colonists during a mock town hall meeting to discuss the pros and cons of declaring independence from Great Britain.

Students are engaged in learning as they represent the Founding Fathers and colonists during a mock town hall meeting to discuss the pros and cons of declaring independence from Great Britain.

Science

Students learn scientific methodologies and experimental practices while refining their skills in experimental design and data management. Young scientists explore life at every level of organization to build an understanding of living systems, including ecosystems, scientists populations, and individual organisms The use and creation of models enhances how students view and understand biological systems function.

  • Computer Science and Coding

  • Mixtures and Solutions

  • Living Systems

  • Science Fair

Mathematics

Willowwind uses Math in Focus, a Singapore-based approach to teaching math.  This curriculum academically engages students with topics allowing them to gain a deep understanding of math concepts.  This curriculum will help ensure that students are:

  • engaged with mastery level experiences

  • improving computational and problem-solving skills

  • prepared for Algebra.

Our 5/6 class uses a “Flipped Math” model where lectures take place at home via teacher made vodcasts and practice problems, once homework, are now done in along with workbook and section reviews, and instruction on extended concepts.

Unique Events:

  • Fall camping trip to Kent Park

  • 4-day class trip to Camp Edwards in Wisconsin

  • Student-run fundraising cafe

  • Ralston Creek explorations

  • Science Fair

  • History Fair

  • Genius Hour & Legacy Projects

  • Documentary film

  • Class Play

  • Creating the school yearbook