Fifth Graders

Fifth Graders

… are very curious
… need guidelines and rules to follow
… have an abundance of energy and are industrious workers
… need warm and supportive reinforcement from parents and other adults
… are sensitive to criticism but beginning to realize that criticism is necessary and helpful
… dislike being criticized in front of their friends
… transition into puberty, especially among the girls, with physical changes and difficult to control emotions.
… as a group, display wide variations in rate of growth
… have increased interest in sexuality
… appreciate and develop personal talents and abilities
… are still mostly concrete in their thinking while developing expanded language skills
… recognize signs and symbols, e.g., in games, sports, and clothes
… have longer attention spans and enjoy reading
… have a great need to belong, so they make commitments to (sports, fun, service) groups or may belong to peer groups who develop their own codes of behavior
… enjoy cooperative learning activities with friends
… learn from role models
… continue closeness with family, but begin to make choices independent of adults
… grow in ability to distinguish right and wrong and have a heightened sense of justice
… begin to be aware of different customs and rituals among people
… become aware of past, present, and future community experiences, e.g., the Church as a committed community of believers

5th Grade Curriculum Guide for Parents