Fifth graders are usually awesome learners. They are still at an age where they are inquisitive, yet they are a bit older to where they can be trusted with more responsibility. This equals a lot of fun in learning. These young ones can have greater opportunities through doing most of what they are learning. From online math to history and science – take advantage of this great age and let them explore how they can apply what they learn into actual work.
Fifth graders really need this. They are questioning most of what they are learning as to how it applies to the real world. Make examples and then let them apply it. In science, build scale models = or even real models if space allows. In history, allow them to visit some of the historical sites your are studying or learn how to knit or weave when studying colonial times. Make it real… and they will learn through doing!