Beyond Five In A Row

Literature-Based Unit Studies for Grades 4-6

Is your child feeling burned out with the monotony of school work day in and day out? Let’s help them rediscover the richness and joy of learning with Beyond Five in a Row!

Building on the foundation of Five in a Row, Beyond Five in a Row will continue to foster a love for learning and discovery in older students through entertaining chapter books and inspiring biographies. Using quality literature as our guide, we will explore a number of subjects that are sure to intrigue your child (previous involvement in FIAR is not required). Each week we will read 1-2 chapters in one of the books below. Then, using the topics that present themselves in the literature, we will incorporate cross-curricular activities during our class time.

Examples of activities your child will participate in: conduct an experiment to learn why and how soap works, discuss why salt water makes objects float and prove it using an egg, create an art project of your choice using recycled material, discuss how to create an element of mystery in writing and practice the technique with your classmates, and study several historical sources of shelter and create your own.

Each book will take 6-8 weeks to complete. In addition to covering your child’s reading requirement for the year, this class will supplement your child’s curriculum in writing, science, history, geography, vocabulary and more.

Books We Will Read (provided by supply fee):

  • Boxcar Children (Book 1) by Gertrude Warner
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
  • Thomas Edison (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Sue Guthridge
  • Betsy Ross (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Ann Weil

Homework Requirements: Students will be expected to read the assigned chapter(s) and complete one engaging activity weekly. *If your child will also be attending my Books that Build class offered at 9 am on Tuesday, the reading each week will be the same for both classes.


Time: 10:45 am-12:15 pm
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $85 (all books will be provided), $60 if also registering for my Books that Build class
Tutor: Kelli Brazier

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom,  I will make the following adjustments to this class. Teacher and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves