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5th Grade Capstone Projects

On April 26, 5th Grade girls held presentations of their Capstone Projects in the Lower School. The 5th Grade Capstone project is a GFS signature program where girls spend the month of December exploring areas of personal interest that could lead to a research question and project. In the months to follow, they use NoodleTools to collect information and develop an outline before creating a formal research paper.


Each year, GFS faculty and staff in and beyond the Lower School serve as mentors for the girls on their Capstone Projects. Mentors support the girls in researching topics, developing papers and preparing speeches. Their work culminates with a "5th Grade Signature Event" in the Lower School where students present to GFS faculty, staff, 5th Grade families and Lower School students in a seminar-style format.

Find their wide-ranging list of topics below:

  • Presidential elections in the US (focus on 2 party system and how it has changed over time).
  • History of Google
  • The Olympics
  • Narwhals
  • Titanic
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Milton Hershey
  • Steve Jobs
  • History of the United States Government
  • The Chicago Fire
  • History of Computers
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Greek Mythology
  • Stonehenge
  • The Berlin Wall
  • Global Warming
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Title 9
  • Michael Jordan
  • Mark Twain
  • History of Polo
  • The NFL
  • Earthquakes
  • Edgar Degas
  • Eventing
  • Electronic Waste
  • Lyme Disease
  • Volcanoes
  • Misty Copeland
  • The Vatican
  • GFS Now

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