In 5th/6th grade we use focused investigations to teach the Idaho Core Standards. Each year we have three major investigations, one in each of the subjects of literature, science, and social studies. We rotate each year between Fantasy/Biography, Our Changing Earth/Forensics, and American Revolution/13 Colonies. During our focused investigations we use a project based approach to foster collaboration, creativity, and in-depth understanding of subject matter. With a focus on the arts, we explore topics through dramatizations, visual art, music, dance, and technology. As well as our focused investigations, our curriculum includes Sitton Spelling, Greek and Latin roots, Shurley English, novel units, Scholastic News, Math Connections, Math Investigations, and Engage New York (English Language Arts).