5th Grade


Our focus on academic, religious education and spiritual development balanced with extracurricular activities, support our mission to develop well-rounded students.

Increased focus on organization and student responsibility allows for more collaborative group work while differentiating the learning.  Switching classes for two subjects promotes these skills to  encourage personal growth among our students.

5th graders are inventors!  With our winter invention fair, students use their STEM skills to create inventions with a cross curricular process.  The planning starts with research and writing before the buying and inventing begins!

Extracurricular activities, for the first time at school, provide our students with the ability to participate in sports while still managing an academic work load.

RELIGION (Sadlier)
This year the children will be studying the Sacraments of the Church and how they are based on Scripture. The students will also be working on applying the Scripture messages and prayer to daily living. Sunday readings are prepared weekly and special emphasis is given to the Advent and Lenten seasons. Second Step, a violence prevention curriculum, will supplement our religion text twice a week.

SOCIAL STUDIES (Scott Foresman)
American History is the topic of study this year. The fifth graders will explore how our nation developed with emphasis on the first explorers, colonial period, and American Revolution. Students will be working on several research and Internet based projects. Geography is stressed within our studies. Humanities, citizenship, and economics are integrated into their studies.

LANGUAGE ARTS English (Shurley English,), Spelling (Spelling Connections), Reading (ReadyGen/Pearson Realize)
Students will increase reading stamina and comprehension reading several novels to increase vocabulary, comprehension and have exposure to award-winning authors. Creative writing is a focus. Extra emphasis is given to grammar using Shurley English. Spelling words will be given each week, with an assignment mid-week, and a test on friday.

MATH (Houghton Mifflin-Go Math): Ms. Russel
Students will develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions as well as multiplication and division of fractions. They will extend division to two digit divisors, review place value and learn all operations of decimals. Students will develop an understanding of volume through algebra patterns and graphing, units of measure and geometry. Mastery of these skills will be aided by our supplemental math text, Simple Solutions.

SCIENCE (Houghton Mifflin-Science Fusion):
We will be using Science Fusion in the form of consumable workbooks. During the year we will focus on engineering and technology, learning science concepts and vocabulary, and building inquiry, STEM, and 21st Century skills. Some of the units we will be exploring include: how scientists work, the engineering process, cells to body systems, how living things grow and reproduce, ecosystems, oceans, and the solar system and universe.

Twice a week we will be talking about character traits that we need to have a successful and meaningful life. We will be discussing such topics which include: Empathy, Kindness, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Generosity, Self-Control, Responsibility, Cooperation, Ambition…etc. It will include activities that are cross-curricular, and reinforce the overall curriculum.

Monday – Art
Tuesday – Gym & Spanish
Wednesday – TLC
Thursday – Spanish
Friday – Gym


Each student will have their own Chromebook this year. Students are responsible for bringing their Chromebooks to school daily and making sure it is charged. Students are not allowed to charge Chromebooks during school hours. Students will be expected to access different programs on their Chromebooks for homework. If there is an issue with the Chromebook, please notify me immediately, so we can fix the problem. I expect students to handle these devices with respect at all times.


As stated in our school handbook, homework is a practice or extension of class work. If at any time your child does not understand their homework, or it is excessive, please encourage your child to inform me with a note, e-mail, or by talking to me in class. I will help your child with the concept without a homework consequence. Feel free to send a follow up email.
Late and missing work affects your child’s progress. Points will be deducted if assignments are turned in late. The goal is to stress the importance of timeliness. This will be vital to your child’s success in junior high.


We have snacks in 5th grade. Please make sure you send a healthy snack daily for your child (i.e. fruit or veggies). We typically have snacks mid-morning. We also encourage your child to have their own water bottle in class when the weather is above 75 degrees.


Material taught will be assessed regularly. Students will be informed of upcoming tests several days in advance. We review in class and sometimes prepare study guidelines to help review. During the first half of the year, students who earned a 69% or lower are expected to complete test corrections. You will be notified when this happens. All students are able to complete test corrections to earn a higher grade. Tests corrections are always due the day after a test is handed back.

Handbook Reminders

After reading the handbook with your child, please remember and understand that in fifth grade we do not let them call home if they have forgotten something, unless it is their lunch. The consequence is never that harsh and, instead, will be helping them to become organized, responsible young adults.


As you can probably predict, teaching responsibility is one of our goals in fifth grade. If we can work side-by-side following the guidelines above, I hope that your child will become a more responsible student. Again, the consequences are never too harsh that you should feel the need to bail your child out. I understand there can be extenuating circumstances and emergencies. Please just inform me, and I will do the same.

Monthly newsletters will be posted on the school website detailing material being studied, school activities, and important, upcoming dates.

Weekly News 2/1

Happy Catholic Schools’ Week! This week will be full of FUN in addition to learning. Science: We are continuing to learn about ecosystems, and how different situations change the environment (fire/volcanic eruption/pollution/humans). On Friday we will be researching an endangered species. Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about the events leading up to the...
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New Year – 5th Grade News

Hello and Happy 2021! I hope everyone is well after a month of festivities. In 5th grade we are… Science: Invention Convention is this week and we have started presenting to the class. As the inventions are being presented, it is so awesome to see how creative the Inventions are! We have a classful of...
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Weekly News 10/26

This Week in 5th Grade: Happy Red Ribbon Week! This year’s theme is Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free!  To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, we made monsters to decorate our door! We are talking about the effects of drugs on our minds and bodies.  We can be happy without the use of drugs, and...
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Weekly News 10/19

This Week in 5th Grade: Science – We are presenting our cell model projects! Each student made a 3D model of an animal and plant cell, and must present their models to the class. I must say, all of them did a Fantastic job! Social Studies – We are learning about the early European Explorers,...
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Weekly News 9/21

This week in 5th Grade: Science: We continue to go through Unit 2 about Engineering and Technology. We will be talking about how Technology has improved our lives. However, we will also talk about how some Technology does come with a risk. Social Studies: We will be wrapping up Chapter 1 about the Early Civilizations...
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Weekly News 9/14

This week in 5th grade, we are learning: Science – About the Design Process! From problem, to prototype, to design. We will be making our own boat designs on Friday. Let’s hope they float! Social Studies – The early North American civilizations, for example, the Mound Builders of Cahokia. Reading/Language Arts – We are to...
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Welcome to 5th Grade!

Hello! I’m Mrs. Witkowski, and I’ll be the 5th Grade teacher this year. I’m so excited to learn with you this year, either from home with remote learning or in-person at St. Cletus. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at A little bit about Me: I live in Plainfield,...
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