Fifth Grade Horizons
Please refer to the program offerings below to learn more about your child's program.
A central focus for ELA Horizons is to encourage divergent thinking among students while they demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills. Students will read a variety of literary genres with an approach that encourages depth, complexity and creativity. At times throughout the year, students will learn the skills to use the Harkness Model which is a discussion based model that places students at the forefront of their learning while the teacher performs the role of a facilitator.
Please use the links below to learn more about the Harkness Model:
An instructional priority for Math Horizons is to foster innovative and creative mathematicians. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of math by using creative and investigative math thinking. Students will be encouraged to think creatively about math and to share their thinking with each other. Using Common Core Standards, students will be challenged with Project Based Learning (PBL). Project Based Learning provides students with a real life problem, and students work together to creatively solve the challenge.
Please use the link below to learn about Project Based Learning:
Stanford Professor of Math Education Jo Boaler has a research based approach to math that is demonstrating overwhelming student growth. Students in the Horizon's classroom will be taking part in activities from Professor Boaler's teachings. Please check out the resource below to learn more about Professor Boaler's approach.
Free online student course:
The concept of Tier III services comes from Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis' Schoolwide Enrichment Model, which was the original model for York's Gifted and Talented program. According to the University of Connecticut's School of Education, "The School Enrichment Model provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals; developing talents in all children, providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests. The SEM focuses on enrichment for all students through high levels of engagement and the use of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences that are constructed around students’ interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression." Tier III services are intended to provide individual and small group investigations of real-world problems. At YMS, Type III allows for student to learn the research process and apply it to projects of their choice.
Thirty years ago, Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, began researching how student learning can be impacted by self perception and the willingness to see failure and mistakes as a way to improve and learn more. Dweck has coined the phrase "growth mindset versus fixed mindset." In the Horizon's classroom, a growth mindset is celebrated as students discover that Albert Einstein was right when he said, "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Please check out the website below to learn more about growth mindset.