Fifth Grade Updates

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

The fifth grade team is off to a great start! Our students are making tremendous strides as we enter the second quarter of their final year in elementary school.  We are excited about the upcoming events planned for the weeks ahead.


Our Schedule

9:00 – 9:20 Opening

9:20 – 10:05 Related Arts

10:05 – 10:35 Spanish

10:35 – 12:35 Session 1*

12:35 – 1:05 Recess

1:05 – 1:35 Lunch

1:35 -3:35 Session 2*


*Students will have two, two-hour sessions each day:  Language Arts/ Social Studies and Math/Science/Health. 


Important Dates

Science Fair Preparation January - March 2017

Philadelphia Field Trip - (extended day trip) March 30, 2017

Simulated Congressional Hearing Kickoff, May 1, 2017

Middle School Visitation Day - May 23, 2017

Simulated Congressional Hearing - June 2, 2017


5th Grade Academics

Language Arts

Reading: We will continue to integrate reading with our Social Studies unit as we focus on informational text reading strategies.  In addition to informational text, students will also be reading biographies and realistic fiction genres. Students will compare the overall structure of events, ideas and concepts in two or more events.  Also, students will continue to develop comprehension skills by analyzing Sign Posts, character traits, character interactions, theme, mood, point of view and main idea.


Writing: This quarter students will focus on writing an informational essay, autobiographical poem, and responding to a variety of text read in class.


Language Conventions: Students will practice their editing skills through student centered, independent Sentence Doctor Program.   Instruction will also focus on conjunctions, prepositions, verb tenses, nouns, interjections, and comma usage.


Vocabulary: Students will continue to work on weekly vocabulary building by learning the meaning of prefixes, roots, and suffixes to increase their world knowledge.


Social Studies:  Students will be learning about choosing a new government for a new nation and the basic purposes of government.



On Grade Level: Students will focus on place value, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, multiplying and dividing multi digit whole numbers, and fractions. Students will continue to work on applying concepts to solve real-world problems, use problem-solving tasks, and assess the reasonableness of answers.


Above Grade Level: Students will understand positive and negative numbers in order to complete a number line, compare, and determine absolute value of rational numbers. In addition to this, students will be solving real world problems by evaluating expressions and equations.



Students will focus on two essential questions related to Patterns in Space: “What interactions can we observe between objects within our solar system?” and, “What patterns are created due to Earth’s rotation and revolution?” In order to develop answers to these two essential questions, students will make claims, explore and investigate several scientific phenomena. gather evidence through investigations and/or research; and evaluate the data to determine if their claim was supported or refuted.



Students will demonstrate the ability to apply prevention and intervention knowledge, skills, and processes to promote safe living in the home, school, and community. This includes potentially dangerous household products, conditions of the environment that affect personal health, and child abuse prevention


5th Grade Home Work

Language Arts


Monday-Wednesday:  Students are to read the text of their choice twenty minutes each night.  Also, students should complete any Sentence Doctor daily sentences that they were not able to complete in class.


Monday:  Write ten sentences using ten of the weekly vocabulary words.  Write descriptive sentences using context clues that provide hints to the word’s meaning.

Tuesday:  Write a cohesive paragraph using five or more vocabulary words. 

Wednesday:  Complete language conventions review activity.

Thursday:  Write a well-developed paragraph demonstrating text comprehension using evidence from the text for an assigned focus question. Also, students also should study for weekly vocabulary quiz and biweekly Sentence Doctor quiz.



Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday by each student's Math teacher.


Science/Social Studies

Occasional homework may be assigned and it will be recorded in the student’s agenda.





Please communicate with your child’s teacher through emails or notes.  You will receive periodic emails from Mrs. Fernande on behalf of the entire team.  Please keep 5th grade advised of any email changes so we can keep you up-to date on what’s happening in Waverly’s 5th Grade.