Welcome to the Fifth Grade

Teacher: Lynn Dowdell

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Announcements

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Room Parent Announcements

 

Rube Goldberg Projects - 2016/17

 

RUBE GOLDBERG PROJECTS - 2014/15

2015-16

To view the 2015-16 projects, visit www.techgeneral.com.  The password is Teacher2140.

2015-15 Projects

HOMEWORK

For homework and calendared assignments in academic classes, please visit the St. Michael's Haiku Site: https://smeds.haikulearning.com.

 

Important Dates

 

Forms & Handouts

Middle School Orientation Forms and Documents

OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM

History

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.

 

Physical Education

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.

 
In the first quarter our units will include flag football and our first racket sport: pickleball. Students will have daily physical fitness activities, and one day a week the concentration will be on cardiovascular fitness thru middle distance endurance as well as circuit training targeting agility, balance, and coordination.
 
Nutrition and heart rate monitoring will be an ongoing discussion during our school year.

 

Language Arts

 

Spanish

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.

 

Math

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.
https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/login.jsp

 

Science

Helpful Science Links for further study and exploration:

 

Library

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
https://sites.google.com/site/stmichaelsschoollibrary/
Stop by and say hello to Ms. Martha Rowland, Librarian
HAPPY READING!

 

Computers

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
lynndowdell@smeds.com

Mr. Jeremy Bolt
Music/Instruments
jeremybolt@smeds.com

Ms. Kami Davis
Music and Chorus
kamidavis@smeds.com

Mr. Steve Grialou
P.E.
stevegrialou@smeds.com

Ms. Leslie Hackard
Art
lesliehackard@smeds.com

Mr. Rick Hauch
Computers
rickhauch@smeds.com

Mrs. Jane McArdle
Science
janemcardle@smeds.com

Ms. Marnee Ramos
Math
marneeramos@smeds.com

Ms. Martha Rowland
Library
martharowland@smeds.com

Mrs. Lia Sioukas
Spanish
liasioukas@smeds.com

Chaplain Lynell Walker
Religion
lwalker@smeds.com

Accreditations and Memberships