5th Grade Math

by Casey
In math, 5th graders began the year investigating the concept of creating like terms for addition, addressing questions like “How do we know if we can add certain terms together?” and “How can we change a term in order to make it like the others?” Building off of that, students examined equivalent fractions, fractions with common and uncommon denominators, and how creating like terms allows them to change the denominator for addition. In the last two weeks, students have been practicing with fraction and decimal equivalents. This has included being able to change fractions to decimals, and decimals to fractions for adding!

5th graders have been exploring approaching math both collaboratively and independently, with a focus on growth mindset. Students are always given the opportunity to challenge by choice, with question options that include various skill levels. 5th graders have been rising to the challenge, pushing themselves to do new things and grow as mathematicians!
Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.