Fifth Grade

In fifth grade the children begin to study the plant kingdom as well as ancient history and some of its most influential people.  Topics Include:

Language Arts:

    • Ancient Civilizations of India, Persia, Mesopotamia and Egypt
    • Greek Mythology and Ancient Greek History
    • North American Geography and History


vocabulary building, parts of speech, subject/predicate/object, prepositional phrases, synonyms/antonyms, homonyms/homophones, direct/indirect speech, passive/active voice, self and peer editing, letter writing, writing reports: research and note taking, poetry: rhythm and meter


    • Ancient Mathematics of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece
    • Freehand and Compass Geometry
    • Biography of Pythagoras and other mathematicians


Number and operations: fractions, decimals, place value, base ten
Measurement: conversions, volume, surface area,
Geometry: lines, angle, coordinates, shapes
Algebra: order of operations, mathematical properties


    • Botany


Identification of plants, plant lifecycle, plant habitat


    • Strings: violin, viola or cello
    • Choir: singing in parts and rounds
    • Flute: playing in parts and rounds
    • Major and minor scale studies


    • Arts are interwoven in all above disciplines
    • Painting
    • Clay modeling


Hillary Lowenberg

Hillary is originally from Washington, D.C. She studied global environmental policy and media at the University of Vermont and the International Honors Program, which took her to England, Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico. It was through her travels abroad that she fully realized the importance of public education to support the local community.

Hillary began working with children through farm and garden-based education. She believes in teaching to the whole child through the arts and place-based education.

She moved to Oregon to attend Southern Oregon University’s Masters of environmental education program and now holds a MS and Oregon teaching license.

Hillary connected deeply with Waldorf education because of its emphasis in teaching children reverence, love, and gratitude through stories, art, music, environmental education, and building relationships. She feels blessed to be a part of the Madrone Trail staff and live in the beautiful Rogue Valley with her family.