Among 5th graders and middle schoolers in general, the fantasy genre reigns supreme. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series continues to top lists of kids' favorite books and series. Wizards, mythological creatures, and adventuresome plots draw kids into these books in ways that historical fiction doesn't always seem to manage. Of course, the trend for fantasy books among grade schoolers isn't exactly new and certainly wasn't begun my Ms. Rowling. Writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis produced book series (The Lord of the Rings and the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe respectively) that have been popular with young readers for decades. If you visit today's public libraries and bookstores, be sure to visit the junior section; you'll see that its studded with fantastical reads!
How long has it been since you sat in a classroom — specifically, a 5th-grade classroom? Many adults complain about “kids today,” so it’s time to back up that complaint with some self-reflection. Do you have the academic skills and knowledge to compete with today’s fifth-graders and what they’re expected to know? Thanks to advances in school curriculum plans, students are learning far more than the basics of reading and math. While core subjects remain essential for progressing through each grade, students are also expected to develop computer skills, read maps, and tune in to current events. Today’s fifth-graders typically get less than 30 minutes to eat lunch — and are lucky if they get 15 minutes of recess. Their school days are highly structured to ensure they get as much instruction as possible. Think you have the skills to compete with today’s youngsters? Take our quiz and see how you manage!
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