In fifth grade students will continue to improve basic writing skills including proper punctuation, accurate spelling and correct use of contractions. Our goal for math is to review and reinforce what they learned in fourth grade and learn how to apply a variety of problem solving strategies and explain answers verbally, pictorially and in writing. We will also use statistics and graphs to answer mathematical questions. Finally, we will understand exponents and prime numbers, as well as further explore decimals, percent’s and fractions. In science, we will study matter in its many forms and geological changes in the Earth. In social studies we will learn about the Americas as well other countries and customs. The students work in a collaborative setting and learn how to work together in teams as well as individually.