The Sacred Heart fifth graders begin to practice their critical thinking skills by wading into the complexities of each subject. Through rich dialogue, analysis, and activities, students dig deeper into mathematical patterns, engaging storytelling, interconnected etymology, and modern-day ethics. In this way, fifth graders synthesize the skills and concepts they have learned in previous years while preparing for the demands of middle school.
There are two fifth grade homeroom classes. In addition to the two homeroom teachers, the fifth grade has two, full time, dedicated instructional aides.
Fifth graders can choose to participate in our Bring Your Own Device program. This is a 1;1 device program in which students are each required to purchase a Microsoft Surface device which they will use during their years at Sacred Heart School. All middle school students participate in this program, which is optional for fifth grade students in 2019-2020, and will be required for fifth grade students in 2020-2021.
Focus: Leveled Book Clubs, Christmas around the world, research with non-fiction texts, two novel studies, monthly creative book reports (January – May)
Textbook: Lucy Calkins workshop curriculum
- Works with small groups of students who need extra support for two 30-minute sessions each week
- Reinforces decoding strategies, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills taught in class with instructional level text
- Uses a guided reading model
- Assesses progress and monitors students instructional reading level three times per year using Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System; communicate growth & goals to parents
Textbooks: Reinforce Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading curriculum
Novels: Use a variety of novels based on students’ Fountas & Pinnell instructional reading level. For example, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Focus: A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.
Textbook: Credo: I Believe
Fifth Grade students serve on Safety Patrol and Flag Duty