Fifth grade is the pivotal year before middle school. Working in groups with proper support and guidance, Marin Preparatory School students are able to further their learning and enhance their memory skills by structuring complex problems, practicing math equations, and learning facts about geography, history, and world records. At this age, students’ ability to concentrate for longer periods of time enables them to collect, classify, and sort, while the transition from reality-based to abstract thinking allows for a deeper understanding of their place in the world. Additionally, math and science projects become a significant focus at this time, with the relationship between the who, what, when, where, how, and why factoring significantly in all aspects of students’ learning.

Our 5th Grade Curriculum Spotlights

5th Grade Reading Skills & Curriculum


  • Read out loud with confidence
  • Demonstrate comprehension of structure, point of view, figurative language, and visual cues in text
  • Approach literature comprehension by predicting, inferring, and connecting salient points
5th Grade Writing Skills & Activities


  • Demonstrate proper grammar, usage, capitalization, spelling and punctuation
  • Further develop the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing
  • Explore technology tools to enhance and support writing
5th Grade Math Curriculum


  • 2-D and 3-D measurement and volume
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Understand decimal fractions
  • Analyze data and probability
5th Grade Science Curriculum


  • Inquiry-based approach
  • Physical Science: elements, atoms, molecules, and matter
  • Life Science: plants/animals, structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials; human anatomy
  • Earth Science: water on Earth, oceans, evaporation and condensation
  • Solar System
5th Grade Social Studies & History Curriculum

Social Studies

  • Early explorers of America
  • Cooperation and conflict among Indian nations and early settlers
  • Colonial era political, religious, social and economic institutions
  • America Revolution
  • Study of Venezuela

5th Grade Spanish Infusion

5th Grade Spanish Classes

In 5th grade, students start exploring Hispanic cultures in more depth and applying their linguistic skills to the study of ecology, literature, and performing arts.

Upon completion of 5th grade, students will have acquired basic, age-appropriate knowledge of Spanish and reached similarly appropriate developmental milestones in their English language skills. Students at this stage will be able to:

  • Geographically compare wildlife (American and European continents).
  • Discuss life highlights and express wishes.
  • Explore major cultural festivities.
  • Research Hispanic country of choice.
  • Discover culinary arts.
  • Learn about American continent.
  • Discuss the threats of the environment.
  • Read major age-appropriate literary texts.
  • Examine media’s role in reporting current events.
  • Participate in the process of performing a year-end play.

5th Grade Enrichments


5th Grade Art Class

By 5th grade, students are beginning to identify and describe the principles of design in visual compositions and are also becoming familiar with the characteristics of representational, nonrepresentational, and abstract work of art. At this time, they also explore a variety of art techniques (incorporating several within one work) and work to understand artworks from various regions of the United States.


Music & Performing Arts

5th Grade Music Class

At this age, students work with varied musical styles and are given opportunities to sing with a partner or solo in performance productions. They also practice improvisational skills, create one person portrayals, and are given the opportunity to write and perform short musicals.


Physical Education

5th Grade PE Class

To support the strong link between physical education and learning, MPS first graders are encouraged to explore movement and develop gross motor skills. By offering a series of well-considered and developmentally appropriate activities, MPS helps children gain confidence in their athletic abilities, and promotes a “can-do” attitude that supports fun and learning for all.