MCPS Students Impress with Knowledge of Curriculum at Fifth Grade Challenge

April 2016

MCPS fifth graders are up to the challenge. Not only are they excited to earn money for their schools, but they are enthusiastic  to show off what they have learned in the classroom. The kids were almost always able to figure out the correct answer of the rather difficult game show questions, and eloquently explained how they collaboratively came to an answer.

I really enjoyed the math part and solving the problems,” said Aziza from North Chevy Chase Elementary.

“It was really cool to see how the adults did and how much they knew about the curriculum,” said Eli, also from North Chevy Chase Elementary. “They did pretty good.”

Contestant and Councilmember Craig Rice found the kid’s participation to be enlightening, inspiring and promising, especially being able to see their eagerness to answer the questions to show what they’ve learned.

“I definitely learned something new tonight,” said Samantha from Judith A. Resnick. For many of the kids, the very first question of the night, which was about the Constitution, seemed to be the hardest.  Rice was tripped up on his final question, about science, but through process of elimination, was able to figure out the answer and double his earnings for the county.

The schools’ principals nominated the students, who then submitted a brief application about why they would like to participate.

The kids were treated to pizza from Potomac Pizza before the event, received a certificate of participation and goodie bags, and a dessert reception with their families afterward at Discovery.

The following schools were represented at the Fifth Grade Challenge on April 11.


Brooke Grove  


Cedar Grove          



Fox Chapel

Garret Park

Harmony Hills

JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres  

North Chevy Chase       

Judith A. Resnick     

Dr. Sally K. Ride     


Wheaton Woods