Gail, it depends on a lot of things. The curriculum/standards are obviously different. I think how different the students are depends on your school set up and culture. My school ends at 5th grade, so our 5th graders have a little bit of a "big man on campus" mentality. I think in a school where elementary goes up to 6th grade, there would be less of that at 5th grade. Does that make sense?
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I completely agree with Brian. Many fifth graders have a bit of an attitude.
I moved from third to fifth grade this past school year and found the differences to be minimal. There are the obvious differences in curriculum, but even those are mostly a matter of depth. Your background in 4th will be a great help to you because you know exactly what the students learned in 4th. As for the 5th grade attitude, I believe that teachers set the stage for that to occur. I didn't have that problem at all. Best of luck.
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