Welcome to Fifth Grade!
Dear Parent(s) and Students,
Welcome to 5th Grade! You are about to begin an important year in your elementary education. Fifth grade is a transition grade in which you will mature and prepare to become a Middle School Student! Together, we will learn lots of interesting concepts and skills to enable you to be successful. You will learn about people, places and cultures of long ago in Social Studies, about nature and energy in Science, and the Sacraments and the mass in Religion class.
We have found that students who practice their math skills on IXL over the summer are more likely to remember them. Therefore, we ask that you complete an hour of practice a week for each week this summer. Select areas of skills that you need the practice in, not skills that you already perform well in. Also, you should practice your Multiplication and Division Facts at the start of fifth grade as we will use them every day in Math. They will assist you complete your best work! We will have Multiplication and Division Facts drills during the first weeks of school! Be sure to practice your math skills on IXL.com as they are outlined. Remember, we can see what and how much you do!
We hope that you will still read for pleasure, but we will read two novels this summer. Frindle is a humorous fiction story about a fifth grade boy's antics at school. The book was written by Andrew Clements. We will use this story to learn how to write a compare and contrast essay. The second novel that I ask you to read is The Island of the Blue Dolphins, which is a story about a girl who survives tragic events. It was written by Scott O’ Dell, is a classic story that ties into 5th Grade Social Studies and was made into a movie. This is a story in our reader. They are available at most bookstores. Please complete the essay comparing the main character of Frindle with the main character of the novels as outlined in the attached hand out. You should be prepared to complete assignments, and to talk about the two book. The grades earned on these activities will be part of your Reading grade for the first trimester report card.
You can access another copy of this Welcome Packet on my class Weebly page at Gr5sjs.weebly.com. Go to More. Click on Welcome Letter. You may reach me at my email address: email@example.com. I look forward to seeing you in August and to having you in my class next year! Have a terrific summer with family and friends! I look forward to seeing you in August!
Fifth Grade Supplies for 2022-23:
1. Erasable pens (blue/ black and red ink)*
2. Pack of #2 pencils and eraser*
3. 2 pocket plastic folder for homework
4. Three 1-Subject spiral notebook/wide ruled
5. 2 Ream of photocopy paper
6. 2 packages of wide ruled lined paper
7. Red 2 pocket folder (Spanish)
8. Book covers (nonstick, texts are to be covered at all times)*
9. Glue stick & bottle*
10. 2 Rolls of Scotch Tape
11. Crayons & Markers*
12. Colored pencils (for art)
13. Small pencil case for your desk
14. Ruler -standard and metric
15. Safety scissors
16. Small hand held pencil sharpener
17. Watercolor paints (Art)
19. 2 boxes of tissue*
20. 1 Roll paper towels*
21. Book to read for free time*
22. Package of black dri erase markers
*Replace as needed Bring in as directed by the teacher Be sure to label all items and clothing with child’s name.
Large binders, Trapper Keepers, & over-sized notebooks are not allowed/ WILL BE SENT HOME; they DO NOT FIT IN the desk.
The kids collect junk in them anyway! To Maximize Use of Space … Put some loose-leaf paper a folder.
Minimize the number of crayons, markers and miscellaneous supplies.
Crayons, scissors, and glue stick will be put in a pencil box/stored outside desk.
Have school supplies at home so the child does not carry them back/ forth.
The use of white out is not permitted in 5th grade.
Reminders: Students are required to…
Have their Agenda Book/ Homework folder in class each day.
Write homework in the Agenda Book.
Have PE clothes for PE day/ Regular or Dress Uniform as required.
Return library books each week.
Have Tuesday Envelopes signed & returned the next day.
Find a box/ bin at home in which to put graded papers for parents to examine.
Show parents Homework and Notes stapled in the Agenda Book each night.
Please cover your textbooks
All textbooks should be covered upon our return from Labor Day weekend!
St. Joseph School Policy requires students to cover their textbooks.
Books are rented, not purchased by students.
They must return the book in good condition at the end of the school year.
You may not use adhesive book covers.
You may not tape the cover directly to the book. Book Socks must be the right size for the book.
Do not break the bindings of the book by placing a cover that is too tight on a book.
Students will be billed for damaged and lost books
The Reading book is 10 inches by 8 inches and 11/4 inches thick.
The Science book is 11 inches by 83/4 inches and 1 inch thick.
The Social Studies book is 11 inches by 81/2 inches and 3/4 inches thick.
Fourth to Fifth Grade IXL Math Practice for the Summer
We hope you will practice your math skills on ixl.com this summer!
We have found practicing skills makes a difference in the SUMMER SLIDE and the MAPS for Growth testing you will take when we return.
Practice these suggested skills on 4th grade Level IXL.com,, or if you feel like a challenge, practice them on the section on 5th grade IXL
Each week select a few skills from the suggested list and work on the skills where you need the Practice for not more than 1 hour per week for the 4 weeks prior to school beginning again. As always, you may do more, but don't forget to have some fun with your family this summer. You have been working very hard with remote learning.
Suggested skills: These are links and will bring you to IXL, but don't forget to log in for credit and out when you are done.
Week 1 Number Sense A. Place Value
10. Writing numbers up to 100,000 in words: convert digits to words
11. Writing numbers up to 1 million in words: convert words to digits
12. Writing numbers up to 1 million in words: convert digits to words
13. Writing numbers up to 1 billion in words: convert words to digits
14. Writing numbers up to 1 billion in words: convert digits to words
15. Spell word names for numbers up to one million
Number Sense A. Place Value
20 Rounding: up to millions place 21. Rounding input/output tables
22. Even or odd: arithmetic rules 23. Inequalities with number lines
24. Compare numbers up to one hundred thousand
25. Compare numbers up to one million 26. Compare numbers up to one billion
Week 2 Number Sense B. Addition
3. Add two numbers up to seven digits 4. Add two numbers up to seven digits: word problems
5. Addition: fill in the missing digits 6. Properties of addition
7. Add 3 or more numbers up to millions 8. Addition patterns over increasing place values
9. Choose numbers with a particular sum 10. Estimate sums 11. Estimate sums: word problems
4. Subtract numbers up to seven digits: word problems 5. Subtraction: fill in the missing digits
6. Subtraction patterns over increasing place values 7. Choose numbers with a particular difference
8. Estimate differences 9. Estimate differences: word problems
Week 3 Part D Multiplication
16. Multiply 1-digit numbers by 3-digit or 4-digit numbers 17. Multiply 1-digit numbers by larger numbers
18. Multiplication patterns over increasing place values 19. Properties of multiplication
20. Distributive property: find the missing factor 21. Multiply using the distributive property
New! Use one multiplication fact to complete another problem
Continue practicing some of these skills
23. Estimate products: multiply by 2-digit numbers
24. Estimate products: word problems
25. Multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using area models I
26. Multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using area models
New! Multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using partial products
27. Box multiplication 28. Lattice multiplication 29. Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: complete the missing steps
30. Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number 31. Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: word problems
32. Multiply a 2-digit number by a larger number: complete the missing steps 33. Multiply a 2-digit number by a larger number
34. Multiply a 2-digit number by a larger number: word problems
Week 3 Part E Division
10. Divide larger numbers by 1-digit numbers 11. Divide larger numbers by 1-digit numbers: word problems
12. Divide larger numbers by1-digit numbers: complete table 13. Divide larger #s by 1-digit numbers: interpret remainders
14. Choose numbers with a particular quotient 15. Division patterns over increasing place values
16. Divide numbers ending in zeroes by 1-digit numbers 17. New Estimate quotients use compatible #s: 1-digit divisors
18. Divide by 1-digit numbers: pick the better estimate 19. Divisibility rules/ Divisibility rules: word problems
Part E Division Continued
20. Divide numbers ending in zeroes by multi-digit numbers
21. Divide numbers ending in zeroes by multi-digit numbers: word problems
22. Divide 2-digit numbers by multiples of 10 23. Divide by 2-digit numbers
24. Divide by 2-digit numbers: word problems 25. Divide larger numbers by 2-digit numbers
26. Divide larger numbers by 2-digit numbers: word problems 27. Inequalities with division
28. Estimate quotients
Week 4 Part F Mixed operations
1. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide 2. Comparison word problems: addition or multiplication?
3.Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems
4.Estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients: word problems
5.Word problems with extra or missing information 6.Solve word problems using guess-and-check
7.New! Multi-step word problems involving subtraction 8.Multi-step word problems
9.Multi-step word problems involving remainders 10. Multi-step word problems: identify reasonable answers
Week 5 Continued Practice on these skills
11. Mentally add and subtract numbers ending in zeroes 12.Write numerical expressions: one operation
.Write numerical expressions: two operations 14.Perform multiple operations with whole numbers
15.Inequalities involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Week 6 Part N Units of Measurement
1.Measure using an inch ruler
2.Measurement word problems
3.New! Measurement word problems with fractions
4.Which customary unit is appropriate?
5.Compare and convert customary units of length
6.Compare and convert customary units of weight
7.Compare and convert customary units of volume
8.Compare and convert customary units
9.Conversion tables - customary units
10.Compare customary units by multiplying
Week 7 Continued Practice of these skills
11.Add and subtract mixed customary units 12.Which metric unit is appropriate?
13.Compare and convert metric units of length 14.Compare and convert metric units of weight
15. Compare and convert metric units of volume 16.Compare and convert metric units 17.Conversion tables - metric units
18.Convert metric mixed units 19.Add and subtract metric mixed units 20. Convert between metric and customary units
Week 8 Areas of skills that you select
Summer Writing Assignment
Your summer writing assignment is to compare the main character of Frindle to the main character of a novel you read in 4th grade. Please tell how they are alike and different. You will write this in paragraphs using proper form, topic and detail sentences, complete thoughts, capitals, and punctuation. You should check your spelling and grammar, too. You can type it on a Google doc and share it with me, or type it on a word document and attachment in an email.
Use this table as a planning guide to help you plan your essay. (I could not copy/ paste the table here.)
Use these items as a guideline to compare the characters.
Find detail in the stories and write them here to use them in your essay.
Nick Allen compared to the character from your story
Family or family group
Type of home or place they live in
Chores or jobs they do
Nick Allen in comparison to the character from the novel you chose continued
Problem(s) and difficult situations they must face
How do they problem-solve?
Helpful or lazy
well behaved or troublemaker
How do they learn things?
What do they learn?
Who teaches them?
Independent or dependent?
Responsible or irresponsible
What happens to them in the end?
Something you find
Something you find
Guidelines to Writing the Paragraphs
You need a topic sentence for your essay’s first paragraph.
Something like- I will tell you how Nick Allen and (your character) are similar and different. Or
Nick Allen and ________________ are two characters with similarities and differences.
Your first paragraph should name who the characters are that you are comparing and what story they are in.
You may want to tell their gender, their age and where they lived.
You may want to write a sentence for each story giving the main story line. Example:
Nick Allen is a 5th grader who says that a pen is a “frindle.”
Your second paragraph may want to tell how the 2 characters are alike in many ways. You will need a topic sentence that says this.
Use examples from your table/ the 2 stories in several detail sentences to explain this.
Your third paragraph may want to tell how the 2 characters are different in many ways.
You will need a topic sentence to say this.
Use examples from your table/ the 2 stories in several detail sentences to explain this.
You may use more than 3 paragraphs if you need to.
When you are done go back and reread your essay.
Did you: Use proper paragraph form?
Organize your thoughts into at least 3 paragraphs?
Use topic and detail sentences?
Use complete thoughts?
Use capitals and punctuation?
Check spelling and grammar?
Use enough detail from the story?
Use enough detail from your table?
Put your name on it?
Neatly type it size 14 font and Times New Roman?
Share it with me on Google docs or an attachment to an email?