As 5th grade teachers our mission is to encourage students to have a life-long love of learning and teach them the academic and social skills needed to lead a productive life. In fifth grade, school work gets more difficult, and teachers challenge students with long-term projects that require planning and organization. The social life of fifth graders is very important to them. Who their friends are and what they think is extrememly important for them. Parents, guardians and teachers can play a critical role in listening, reassuring and supporting the new individuals that are starting to emerge.