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5th Grade

Fifth grade at Colfax Charter is an academically challenging and eventful year. Not only are we ensuring that our students meet the state standards, we are also preparing them for the transition into middle school. We engage in a rigorous curriculum, that promotes independent learning and strong study skills. We also focus on the development of the whole child, so that each student leaves Colfax feeling self-confident, compassionate toward others, and motivated to succeed.


The fifth grade curriculum consists of an in-depth study of Language Arts and Math with an integration of Social Studies, Science, Health, Technology, Art and Physical Education. Language Arts encompasses vocabulary development, writing, and the reading and analyzing of literature and informational text. Mathematics, at the fifth grade level, covers a broad range of concepts, including basic computation, number sense with whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and a problem solving.


In fifth grade, we know that not every student is the same, and we strive to meet each student’s individual needs. Our team teaching rotational approach for Social Studies, Science, PE and Technology allows the students to experience different teaching styles and classroom environments. Cognitively guided instruction, involving Depth of Knowledge questioning and discussion, provides students in the classroom with the ability to think without limitations. Differentiation through flexible grouping and project-based learning encourages students to purposefully engage and communicate with one another in learning activities.


Last but not least, there are many exciting events that occur during this last year of elementary school. Colfax fifth graders get the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the Science curriculum with a fun-filled overnight trip to Pali Camp in Running Springs, CA. They research, plan and execute on their own, an Earth Day Celebration, teaching younger students how to take care of the Earth through lessons, games and activities. They involve themselves in many campus-wide activities, including Student Government, Science Olympiad, Turning Pages, Spelling Bee, and performances. Finally, they get to say goodbye to their beloved Colfax by being a part of a thoughtfully planned and orchestrated culmination ceremony. 

5th Grade Teachers
Colfax 5th Grade Teachers 2021-22: Ms. Craven, Ms. Alexander & Ms. Hanlon
Staff Directory
  Erin Alexander Teacher
  Gail Craven Teacher
  Meghan Hanlon Teacher / GATE Coordinator