Welcome to the Fifth Grade
Teacher: Lynn Dowdell
Welcome to Fifth Grade!
Room Parent Announcements
Scholastic Book Orders - May 5th: There will be a Scholastic book order going out this week. The due date to order is Friday, May 5th. This is a great time to stock up on books for summer reading!
Aerospace Museum Field Trip - Thursday, May 11th @ 9:30 a.m. / 1 p.m.: The class will visit the Aerospace Museum as part of their science program on May 11th. I sent a separate email to the drivers tonight. Please respond to confirm that you are still able to drive and how many students you can transport.
Spring Concert 5th-8th Grade - May 24th @ 8:15 a.m.: The 5th grade class with perform songs and instrumental pieces in the May 24th spring concert. They should wear their uniforms to the event.
End of the Year Celebration - June 8th: There are only 7 weeks to school left. That's crazy. Right now we don't have a plan for our class's end of the year celebration, or a coordinator. I'm up to plan the event but we still need a host family. Or would you prefer an off-site event (Arden Hills / Sky High Sports / etc.) with a per-student cost?
Rube Goldberg Projects - 2016/17
RUBE GOLDBERG PROJECTS - 2014/15
To view the 2015-16 projects, visit www.techgeneral.com. The password is Teacher2140.
- Dylan (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Kathryn (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Andrew (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Zach S
- Olivia S (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
- Zach W
- Olivia W
- Mitchell (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Test Video
For homework and calendared assignments in academic classes, please visit the St. Michael's Haiku Site: https://smeds.haikulearning.com.
Forms & Handouts
Middle School Orientation Forms and Documents
- 5th Grade Supply List (2016-17)
- Middle School Check List (2016-17) - sign and return
- Middle School Intramural Contract (2016-17)- sign and return
- Cell Phone Policy (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy Signature Page (2016-17) - sign and return
- Parent Letter and Middle School Student Handbook (2016-17)
- Middle School Homework Policy (2016-17)
- What is Bullying (2016-17)
- Tardy Form (2016-17)
OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM
Fifth Grade Grammar Synopsis
Over the course of the 5th grade year, the students will be learning the fundamentals of correct grammar. This includes parts of speech, correct usage, and mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, spelling). Students will have the foundation on which to craft their work, creating the meaning and style they like, whether it is to inform, entertain or persuade. Students will practice sentence modeling using inventive syntax from the novels they are reading and from mentor texts. They will learn to embed details, imagery, and figurative language by using various types of phrasing and will practice sentence construction techniques that include specific grammatical structures.
Classes will focus on health-related fitness: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally skill-related fitness concepts such as agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed will be incorporated into daily activities.
Listening + Speaking + Reading + Writing
Spanish class will follow an immersive approach that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit will include activities, homework assignments, projects or assessments that will incorporate one or more of these elements. Verbs and simple sentence structure will be taught along with each unit so that students’ writing, reading and speaking develop simultaneously. Grades will be based on homework, participation, projects, tests and quizzes.
The middle school math curriculum at St. Michael's is designed to ensure that the majority of our students complete Algebra 1 in their eighth grade year. In fifth through eighth grade students are split into differentiated math groups. There is an accelerated group and a grade level group as well as differentiation within each group. Math sections vary by the pace at which the concepts are presented and by the degree of rigor. The two math groups allow for students to be among like learners and work at an appropriate pace. Each group will be presented with a core curriculum where the topics covered are typically the same but will vary in breadth and depth.
Students have been placed based on standardized test results, previous teacher recommendation and beginning of the year diagnostic assessment. Because math is developmental, students acquire mathematical reasoning at different times in their chronological and cognitive maturation, so their math placement is fluid. Placement is evaluated on a regular basis.
Please refer the the below link for information about 5th grade math. Log on is the same username and password that you have for the envision math program.
Helpful Science Links for further study and exploration:
Fifth graders go to the library once a week for an introduction to engaging books, library skills, and checking out books to support assignments and for leisure reading. Literature and library activites are selected to support the unit themes of Imagine It, social studies, science, and other curriculum.
Visit the St. Michael's Library Website at
Stop by and say hello to Ms. Martha Rowland, Librarian
This year fourth graders will be creating slideshows and multimedia presentations for their Endangered Animals Project. They’ll also utilize PIXLR Editor as they manipulate one to several images to develop unique works. Another focus will be touch typing, as students will have respective minutes to be completed based on in-class words-per-minute tests.
Students will also learn what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They’ll openly discuss within groups and the class about the best practices and the actions they will take in certain situations. Common Sense Media, a research-based organization promoting digital responsibility, will be utilized for lesson content.
Field Trips, Class Parties, Lunchroom & Volunteers
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Fifth Grade Teachers
Mrs. Lynn Dowdell
Homeroom, Language Arts and History
Mr. Jeremy Bolt
Ms. Kami Davis
Music and Chorus
Mr. Steve Grialou
Ms. Leslie Hackard
Mrs. Lia Sioukas
Chaplain Lynell Walker