Grade 5



January 2019

We will begin to focus on our writing and spelling skills. We will focus on the structure of a sentence, proper punctuation, and our revision skills. Toward the end of January, we will begin our next novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. The novel is about a boy who becomes stranded in the woods after a plane crash. Gary Paulsen wrote a variety of novels that are loved by students, including Lawn Boy.

We finished our unit on decimals and will now be moving to fractions. This unit on fractions will take us through several of the remaining months of the school year. We will begin with writing fractions, comparing fractions, and writing equivalent fractions. We will then move on to adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. The concept of fractions can be extremely difficult for some students and I continue to stress the importance of mastering basic facts.

Social Studies
We will just briefly review the Paleolithic and Neolothic eras (we put that on hold for our Christmas studies). We will take a test on the topic and then finally start learning about the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas in other parts of the Western Hemisphere.

We took a break from learning about the seven sacraments to focus on how Christmas is celebrated around the world. We will review Baptism and then begin to discuss Confirmation and the Eucharist throughout January.

For the month of January, the fifth graders will begin a new unit on Living Things Grow and Reproduce. Students will learn that all living things have observable characteristics that allow them to be classified. Plants, as well as animals, pass these characteristics on to their offspring.


blood, they will understand how the human body respires and how nutrients and oxygen are obtained and transported through the human body.


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