Welcome to Fifth Grade PEAK

Mrs. Turner's PEAK Class

Welcome Back

Now that our PEAK year is officially underway, I'll be sending home monthly newsletters. These will include photos, important reminders, curriculum updates (so you know what were working on each month), and links to articles about parenting gifted kiddos.

Our Schedule:

Curricular Areas:


5th grade students began with a look at how the brain works. We were fascinated by the concepts of plasticity, emotion, and intellect (especially genius). This month, we will dig deeper into a variety of other brain topics. We will also review how to find reliable resources for research and how to take good notes. Students will learn electronic note taking methods but may select notecards as an option.


5th graders will use math (and some science as well) to solve word problems. These "brain boggling" problems will also connect directly to our Theme study.

Topic Study:

5th graders took an interest inventory and chose a topic for research. This month, they will begin collecting resources, write an essential question, and take notes. Mrs. Mann and I are teaming up for topic study this year. We are excited for the benefits of collaboration not only between us as teachers, but between the kids as well! The Tuesday class will work directly with the students of Mrs. Mann's class and the Monday and Wednesday class will have virtual opportunities.


Science will commence after 15 sessions of math and be integrated into our theme study. I have found from our research that gifted students benefit when the day flows and the curriculum is interdisciplinary. This allows for more in-depth learning. I am piloting this new schedule to increase student engagement and depth of learning.

Schedule Reminders:

No PEAK September 7 - due to Labor Day.

Some DOs and DONTs for Raising Gifted Kids

It seems many people believe raising a gifted kid is easy, but the truth is, it can be really difficult and exhausting! This article has some good tips and reminders!


Personal Growth and Development

As we study the brain we will also learn more about ourselves. Students will take a variety of Personality Style Inventories this month:

  • Optimist vs. Pessimist
  • Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic
  • Left brain vs. Right brain