Grade 5

March 2020

ELA: This month we are focusing on our grammar. We have put together an interactive notebook that focuses on the parts of speech. In addition to the different parts of speech, we are focusing on using proper punctuation including comma use and apostrophes. We are also practicing writing complete answers using text-based evidence. I am also reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio as a read-aloud and we should finish the book before spring break. The NYS ELA exams are March 25th and 26th this year. 

Math:  In math, the fifth graders are working on adding and subtracting fractions with regrouping. This is a difficult concept for many fifth graders because of the many different steps and information to remember. It is so important that multiplication and division facts are practiced! We have been and will continue to discuss converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers, finding equivalent fractions, and simplifying fractions. We will cover multiplying and dividing fractions toward the end of March.  

Social Studies: We are continuing to work through our study of Latin American civilizations (The Olmecs, Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas). We will be finishing up this unit in the coming weeks and then begin our discussion of the Age of Exploration, which ties in with the fall of the Latin American civilizations.  

Religion:  We are continuing to study the Seven Sacraments. Throughout March, we will talk about different types of sins and the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. We will also discuss the different parts of the mass. Some of the fifth graders will also receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before Easter.  

Science:  This month, fifth graders will learn how animals grow and reproduce. They will come to understand how vertebrates and invertebrates are classified and be able to identify members of each group. They will recognize that animal growth involves life cycles. Lastly, fifth graders will be able to identify the stages of complete and incomplete metamorphosis. 

Diana Moore


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