Fifth graders apply and integrate all of their prior learning at Bear Creek to dive deeply into topics ranging from social justice and climate change to writing multi-paragraph essays and multiplying mixed numbers. They participate in a variety of project based learning activities; they may work independently or on a team, they could work with their hands or with technology, they might present written arguments or share their ideas aurally. Our year together is spent addressing the needs of the whole child. We appreciate each student's creative problem solving abilities, make thinking visible and build strong, long lasting memories. We also value social-emotional learning and laughter! We work hard to send our students off to middle school with a strong sense of self, an excellent toolkit of academic skills and a broader awareness of the larger world that they live in.