5th Grade

The Fifth Grade Teachers
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Mrs. Horn Send an Email
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Mrs. Schmitt Send an Email
At fifth grade, students are becoming more responsible. The balance of rotating classes, completing and returning homework, and the opportunity to participate in Extracurricular Activities is new to them. The skills practiced in earlier grades can now be put to use and enhanced. In 5th grade we focus on being leaders and using the 7 habits daily.

School Day

8:00 am-Playground Supervised
8:15 am-Entrance bell
8:30 am-Classes begin
12:25 - 12:50 pm - Lunch
12:50 - 1:10 pm - Noon Recess
2:45 - 3:00 pm - Afternoon Recess
3:20 pm - Dismissal (Wednesday at 2:20 pm)

Special Area Classes

Band - Tuesday and Thursday P.M
Physical Education

Leadership Notebooks: Students use these to track academic and personal progress throughout the year. They are also used as a way to communicate with parents on a daily basis.

Agendas: Each student needs to buy an agenda for $4.00, payable to their classroom teacher. Mr. Swartzendruber has requested that agendas be signed daily by both teachers and parents. This assures communication between home and school. Our plan is to have the child call you each time the agenda comes back without a signature.

Homework Policy: Each class period your child will copy that day's lesson and assignment into their agenda. A line through the assignment in the agenda indicates that the assignment has been completed during that school day, and is ready to hand in. If the assignment doesn't have a line through it that assignment must be completed at home. Your signature in the agenda indicates that you know the assignments have been completed. If the assignment is not turned in the next day, your child will be expected to attend an extra study hall.

Ways you can help your fifth grader do well in school

Encourage your child and praise his/her efforts in school.
Discuss with your child what he/she learns each day.
Practice spelling words and math facts with your child.
Ask your child's opinion. Provide opportunities for discussion.
Provide a quiet place for your child to study.
Take trips to the library.
Watch and discuss television shows about nature, foreign lands, or history.
Visit museums, historical sites, markets, and local businesses. Talk about what you see.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep. (Children work best when they receive 9 hours of sleep on a consistent schedule going to bed and getting up at the same time.)
Provide your child with a nourishing breakfast. (School does have a breakfast program if needed)
Make sure your child has school supplies, and replenish them when needed.
Have your child dress appropriately for the season. (Long or short sleeves, jackets, winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, etc.)
Help your child to understand the viewpoints and interests of others.
Make all kinds of reading materials available.
Be supportive of your child's interest in being part of a group. Group experiences can help your child learn the important life skills of sharing ideas, working out conflicts, and taking leadership positions.

(Adapted from Scott Foresman - Home School Connection)

Fifth Grade Courses of Study
Six Traits + 1 of Writing

Iowa Core Math:
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Number and Operations - Fractions
Measurement and Data

Special Projects:
Trip to the Capitol and Iowa Supreme Court
Volksmarch - local history unit

Science Studies Units:
Scientific Method

Iowa Core Reading:
Key Ideas and Details
Craft and Structure
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Range of Reading and Complex Text

Web sites for Kids and Parents
Math Sites
Math Practice
Math practice and activities
Interactive math games
Great site for kids A+ Math
Ask Dr. Math
On line math help
Interactive tangrams
Math Measurement and Calculation Tools
Help for all subjects
Language Arts games and more
Merriam Webster Word Game of the Day
Vocabulary activities
Vocabulary builders
English help
Interactive Language Arts and Journalism
Lexile Framework