The fifth grade year is designed to serve as the bridge between lower school and middle school. Students begin using a planner and practice the organizational skills that set them up for success in the years to come. Fifth grade content includes:

  • Reading – students follow the reading workshop model, participating in a short mini-lesson followed by independent reading, guided reading groups and book clubs.
  • Writing – Fifth graders use the Traits Writing Program, which is also used at the Middle School level. The focus is on key qualities of writing including: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation
  • Math taught through Math Connects
  • U.S. History and Government
  • Science taught through weekly visits to the SHA science lab; at fifth grade, students also prepare a project for the annual science fair.


Fifth grade is the culminating year of TaL Am. Students continue to cover Judaic content in Hebrew. Chumash covers the enslavement in Egypt, the redemption, Matan Torah, and the civil laws of Parshat Mishpatim. Students focus on decoding and reading pesukim, identification of roots of words and learning meaning of Torah from context. Students continue their study of holidays; begin learning Dinim and study halachot. Navi focuses on the complex and inspiring book of Judges. Students study the analysis and logic of each Mishnah and round out their studies with general Jewish.