Stratford fifth graders examine the mass and volume of matter, learn about weight and its relation to gravity, and how density is affected when an object’s mass or volume is altered.

They dig deeper to understand how their own mass might change if not subjected to the earth’s gravitational pull.

They examine liquids of different densities, and learn to predict what will happen when these liquids are combined; they then use their newly acquired knowledge of density to determine the appropriateness of different building materials for a variety of products.

In all fifth grade classes at Stratford School, students are challenged to think beyond the lesson, to ask questions to deepen their understanding of a proposed problem, and to work collaboratively to benefit from their classmates’ unique approach to the same problem.