Grade 5

February 2020


We just finished our Esperanza Rising novel study and we are beginning our grammar unit. We will be creating an interactive notebook that focuses on the parts of speech, specifically how to write complete sentences with subject and verb agreement. Our spelling words are also becoming more challenging. Many of our weeks focus on silent letters or commonly misspelled words!  


We are just beginning module 3 in math! Module 3 introduces fractions for the first time this year. Throughout February, we will be learning how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Please have your child practice multiplication facts - they are so important for success with fractions! Students also have access to XtraMath to practice multiplication facts and IXL and Prodigy. 

Social Studies

We are just beginning our study of Mesoamerica (Middle America). Throughout this unit, we will be completing an interactive notebook about the first settlers in the Western Hemisphere – the Olmecs – followed by the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. These civilizations established cities with governments and had many developments that are still used today. For example, the Mayas are responsible for creating chocolate from cacao! 


We are just beginning our study of the third sacrament, the Eucharist. We will spend the majority of February discussing this important sacrament. We will also discuss sacramentals and how some are used in the church. One important sacramental we will be discussing this month is ash in preparation for Ash Wednesday (2/26).


For the month of February, fifth graders will learn how plants grow and reproduce. Students will learn about the differences between nonvascular and vascular plants. Also, that plants such as mosses, liverworts, and ferns are examples of plants that grow from spores. Lastly, they will distinguish the differences between angiosperms (produce seeds in flowers) and gymnosperms (produce seeds on cones).


Throughout this school year, your child will look to you for support and guidance as you and I work as a team to help your child be successful. I encourage you to take an active interest in what your child is doing. Take a few minutes each day and ask your child, “How was school today?” and, “What did you learn today?” and listen to their response.





Ms. Diana Moore - Grade 5