Children entering fifth and sixth grade are just entering adolescence. They have become more independent and responsible and are ready to be treated like middle school students. Fifth and sixth graders are responsible for keeping track of homework and organizing their assignments. Expectations for abstract thinking are higher in these grades and math and English skills are developed at a more challenging rate.
Fifth and sixth graders enjoy many benefits as the oldest kids in the school. They become the main characters in the school plays and act in two school musicals as well as a fifth- and sixth- grade play at the end of the year. They also take on greater responsibility for the maintenance of the school by raising the flag in the morning, cleaning up after hot lunch and taking out the trash at the end of the day. In sixth grade, students prepare for middle school by raising funds and organizing for their trip to Nature’s Classroom, a weeklong trip where they will meet students from surrounding schools.
Here we are on the second day of school.