5th Grade


In 5th grade, students not only focus on our specific curriculum, we also help them get ready for middle school with a lot of opportunities to practice their organization and independence.

In math (Math in Focus), students learn new skills such as fractions, decimals, percentages, and measurement; while still practicing skills from previous grades like multiplication and division.

In our CKLA curriculum (Core Knowledge Language Arts), students learn to read informative text through the topics of Ancient Civilizations, the Renaissance, Reformation, and Native Americans. Students read rich literature such as Don Quixote and Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as several other fictional novels.

Through social studies, students learn about geography throughout the world, especially the United States; the history of rulers and explorers in Europe, as well as the time before and during the Civil War.

In science, students also learn about Earth’s systems, space systems, properties of matter, ecosystems, and the engineering process. Students also conduct their own science project to present during our annual Science Fair.

Writing skills are practiced throughout all subjects. 5th grade is a busy place!

5th Grade Teachers:
Amy DeLarm: As a teacher who has taught most grades in the past, I see 5th grade as a great home to teach students how to apply skills they have learned in previous years. I spent many years in the business world, but started teaching in 2004, and have been at Manitou Springs Elementary since 2008. I build an environment in the classroom where students are comfortable discussing and making mistakes in order to strengthen their learning. Teaching with scaffolding from groups to partners to independence has worked well. I blend writing within all subjects so practice is continual. We have a good balance with testing and projects to show our learning. Relationships are key to the learning process here.

Rachel Embery: Hello Mustangs! My name is Rachel Embery and I am thrilled to be a Mustang. I’ve been teaching since 1999. I have taught both fourth and fifth grades throughout my past 20+ years! I have a spouse, Mark and son Jack (2023 future MSHS grad). We also have 2 fluffy kiddos, a 95 pound sheepdog and an awnry cat. I implement the wonderful Responsive Classroom curriculum in my class. We will form a trusting and nurturing environment that benefits everyone who steps foot in our room. I love to teach with enthusiasm and inspire “my kiddos'' to take risks in their learning. Fifth grade is a key year where preparing students for success in middle school is key! Building on the skills learned from prior years, we go deeper into many curricular subjects while learning new things too! We work on building independent skills needed for the future! Differentiated education is key in our classroom so that every student gets what they need to ensure success!

Lisa Mussi: Teaching is both a calling and a career for me and Manitou Springs is a great place to be able to fulfill that calling. I have been teaching for more than 25 years and have taught students ranging in age from kindergarten through adults. Helping kids grow in all academic and social areas is my number one goal, with science of special interest to me. My background includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Spring Hill College and a M. Ed. in Technology Integration from Graceland University. I also have a graduate certificate in meteorological studies from California University of Pennsylvania. I am a “CAT” (Certified American Meteorological Society Teacher), a program that keeps me learning about cutting edge Earth Sciences which I can then share with the kids. I have served as the Science Coordinator for MSES since 2015. It is also my honor to lead the MSES Stream Team and Imagineers--both after school clubs that focus on stewardship and the environment.

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