Grade 5 Month 8 The Wonder of Freehand Geometry
Geometry, the study of earth and measure, is brought through the wonder of shapes and designs. Observing nature and patterns in our lives, the everyday shapes we are surrounded by are brought to life in their full glory. Students practice their drawings freehand for the final time.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: Your child will be reading a version of the Iliad, by the ancient Greek poet, Homer.
Math: Concept: Closed shapes have area and perimeter that can be described, measured, and compared.
Connection: Your child will work with area and perimeter of squares and rectangles. They will learn about square numbers.
Concept: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger (multi-digit) numbers.
Connection: Your child will continue regular review of previously learned math skills.
At the same time, your child will read The Adventures of Achilles by Hugh Lupton (a child-friendly version of The Iliad). This story about the Trojan War describes a ten year battle, where each side is assisted by different gods, but neither side can win. Finally, crafty Odysseus, one of the Greeks, comes up with a brilliant plan that wins them the war. This is the most important story from that time period because it marks the change in consciousness that occurred during the Greek civilization where humans began to rely on their own mental powers instead of pleading to the gods. The Golden Age of Greece then began, and it was a flowering of the minds, hearts and deeds: it saw the growth of philosophy, science, medicine, drama, poetry, art, sculpture, architecture, democracy and more. It was witness to the genius of Homer, Aristophanes, Euclid, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and many more. It showed the world what human beings could achieve. These stories show your child that they can be whatever they wish to be and that each person’s uniqueness should be expressed and celebrated.
The Adventures of Odysseus, which is a child-friendly version of The Odyssey, is the sequel that your child will read during The Wonder of Ancient Greece coming up.