Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 344 Courses In the upper elementary grades, students study a variety of subjects. In addition to the core subjects (math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies), students may take art, music, and physical educa- tion classes. Students may also have the opportunity to do some work in a computer lab or media center. The topics and concepts presented in the upper elementary grades are designed to be developmentally appropriate for the students in that age group. Some students, however, may find that the coursework is too difficult. Others may find that it isn’t challenging enough. Some students have learning problems that make it difficult for them to master certain subjects or skills. Schools have various ways to address the needs of all types of learn- ers. Intervention specialists and resource rooms are generally available to help students with identified learning disabilities. These interven- tion specialists provide extra help to ensure that struggling students are successful. Gifted and Talented Programs may also be offered to provide accelerated or enrichment opportunities. To ensure that students are making satisfactory academic progress, most elementary schools have academic standards that students must meet in order to advance to the next grade level. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic progress, talk to your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal. Teachers Students in the upper elementary grades often have more than one teacher. Students may, in fact, have a team of two, three, or four teachers. Having different teachers means that students must learn how to adapt to different teaching styles and expectations. Having more than one teacher also helps prepare students for middle school, where they are likely to have a different teacher for each subject. “I have three teachers this year. Having different teachers makes school a lot more interesting and fun.” Jennifer, 5th grade