5th Grade

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome to the 5th grade info page!  Here you will find information on our curriculum as well as 5th grade specific information.  You can also find information regarding 5th grade on our Classroom pages:

Jennifer Thompson
Annie Wise
Dr. Ann Adkins
Carin Andrew

Curriculum / Learning Goals


Our goal in Reading is to develop a love for literature.  The students enjoy reading class novels and short stories.  Skills include: reading for meaning, recognizing and developing story elements, and making predictions and inferences.


Our goal in English is to help each student communicate effectively through the written and spoken word.  We study and reinforce grammar, punctuation, and usage.  We use the 6-trait writing process.  A written and oral speech is a new and challenging project for the 5th graders.


Fifth grade Religion focuses on growing in the knowledge of Who Jesus Is.  We study the New Testament stories of Jesus.  The gospels tell of Jesus as Teacher, Healer, Prayer, and Son of God.  This leads to our main focus of the seven Sacraments.  The Sacraments bring us to Jesus and build community.


We use the scientific process to investigate and conduct experiments.  The units studied include: Electricity, Chemistry, Earth and Space, Weather, and Animals.  We use small group, cooperative learning as a part of their exploration.


The 5th grade focuses on long division and working with fractions.  Other topics include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, and measurement.  The students will also keep progress of their times tables mastery through a program called “Otter Creek”.

Social Studies

The 5th grade focuses on American History.  The students will learn note taking skills while learning about their country’s history, explorers to the 21st century.  There will also be different hands-on projects for the students to engage in.  The students will gain a better understanding of how our country came to be and the difficulties and triumphs along the way.


Students learn about and create major classifications of art such as: landscape, seascape, cityscape, portraits, and others, using a variety of media and techniques.  Emphasis is also placed on the elements of and principles of Art.


During the 5th grade, we perform a major musical production.  We review the recorders by playing fun Christmas tunes.  We study a variety of song styles.  The students illustrate the song “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and create our own book.  We study ballads and explore the history of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, as well as Novelty Songs and Bobby Socks Songs.  We end with the 17th century tale of Rigoletto.

Physical Education

Included in the curriculum is a brief exercise and aerobic program.  Some of the units that will be covered are softball, volleyball, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, ping pong, lacrosse, badminton, flag football, yoga, dance, and Tae Bo, as well as cooperative activities.


In 5th grade Spanish, the students have class once a week.  We learn the alphabet and practice vowel pronunciation.  Students study greetings, numbers, writing the days and months, colors, and clothes.  Students are introduced to genders of nouns and adjective agreement.

Grading Scale and PowerSchool

The grading scale for 5th grade is as follows:

A+  =  99, 100
A  =  95-98
A-  =  93, 94
B+  =  91, 92
B  =  89, 90
B-  =  87, 88
C+  =  85, 86
C  =  79 – 84
C-  =  77, 78
D+  =  75, 76
D  =  74, 73, 72
D-  =  71, 70
F  =  69 and below

You can check your child’s grades online with PowerSchool with your specific password. Email Mary Kay Nelson at [email protected] if you need your login information.


Students in 5th grade can have up to 50 minutes of homework each night in religion, literature, english, science, social studies, or math.  The students are given time to work on homework during the day but may need to finish up at home.

Mass / Reconciliation

5th grade attends Mass every week on Thursday.  You are welcome to attend. Please check the monthly calendar for dates. All of the 5th grade students will be going to Reconciliation once during the school year.

Friday Folders

Every Friday (or Thursday on short weeks) your 5th grader will bring home a Friday Folder with work from the week and items that need to be sent home.  We also are available anytime via our emails and are happy to call during plan times.  Communication is so important and we have an “open door” policy in 5th grade.

Discipline System

5th grade does Stop-and-Thinks to help shape behavior.  However, these are only one tool in the behavior toolbox.  If a child earns a stop and think they earn some reflection time to write and think about their actions and how that action impacted others.  The stop and think reflection would also come with some one on one conferencing with the teacher who they earned the stop and think from.  Three stop and thinks in a month would earn a personalized behavior modification plan.  When a student earns no stop and thinks for the month, they can earn a no homework pass and a reward recess.  We also are big believers in positive reinforcement and effective praise in 5th grade.

Birthday Treats and Party Invitations

Students may bring a treat to school for their classmates to enjoy on or close to their birthday.  Please make sure the treats are peanut and tree nut free.  Please provide napkins or necessary utensils for the treat to make it quick and easy to serve at school.  Students are not allowed to pass out invitations in school.