The fifth grade curriculum is one of great majesty. In the fall students complete main lesson blocks of ancient cultures in which they meditate in India, cultivate land in Persia and build the first cities in Mesopotamia. They gradually travel westward to discover the roots of civilization. In Egypt they study pharaohs and pyramids. In Greece, the cradle of democracy, they see the birth of an extraordinary culture and listen to the much anticipated Greek myths with rapt attention. Fifth graders learn about the ancient Greek Olympics and organize their own festivities. Most of the events in the fifth grade Greek Olympics—the javelin, discus, long jump, wrestling and running events are individual sports. It is about cultivating one’s personal best and taking risks—supporting each athlete to try new things and find their strengths.