In our fifth grade CBG Academy, we focus on problem-based education with an emphasis on meaningful projects. We have a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to learning. Students are engaged in self-directed activities with the majority of projects completed in school. We employ the Depth & Complexity strands as thinking strategies engaging the students in work with a purpose. We encourage and foster critical thinking with a deeper understanding.
In fourth grade, all students, even those in accelerated math and in CBG, take the fourth grade math SOL test. In fifth grade, however, we take the 6th grade SOL test. We have a lot of material to cover in math in 5th grade CBG.
In science, we participate in discovery learning labs for most of our units of study. With each unit of study, students are provided with several study guides and notes as well as enrichment/extension activities.
In social studies, we leave Virginia and explore the world! We study the history, culture, and geography of the continents as well as learn the states and capitals of the U.S. We also examine our Constitution and discuss current events as they apply to us as citizens of our state, our nation, and the world.
21st Century Skills
We emphasize the importance of 21st century learning skills in our blended learning environment. The teachers keep the parents and students informed of all announcements, assignments, and curriculum through a weekly update, shared each Friday.. Teachers and parents communicate via email.