Fifth Grade Facts

Miss Brockway, Mrs. Fox, & Mrs. Swihart

September 26, 2019

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Fall has arrived and it’s time for a few classroom updates.

Please send a note with any changes in dismissal routines. We had a lot of confusion in regards to audition training for June B. Jones last week. As teachers, we want to make sure that your child is getting to where they need to safely. If your child is staying for a future audition, or another after school activity, please be sure to send a note.

Also, thank you for all of your GENEROUS donations to Orange Ruler! Our school raised over $36,000!!! Our Woods Creek families are THE BEST!!!

Curriculum Corner


In math, our classes have just started or are getting ready to begin unit 2, which covers adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals. We will also practice rounding and review place value. This unit will last approximately two and half to three weeks.

Language Arts (ELA)

Our guided reading groups are in full swing and students will soon begin working on their Genius Hour projects. We plan for students to have their projects finished by early November. We can't wait to see their finished products!

In shared reading and writing we have been working on first person point of view. We have completed three first person rewrites, where we rewrite part of a story from a different character's point of view. We have also been comparing and contrasting two characters in a story and discussing their traits.

Our students are writing their first narrative pieces of the year. It's exciting to see them include the five story elements in their stories. We've also focused on transition words, similes, metaphors, vivid verbs, and more descriptive words for "said."


Mrs. Fox & Mrs. Swihart's class have already had our first test, and Miss Brockway will be testing soon. Hopefully you have seen the black and white notebooks coming home! The test covered all vocabulary and analyzing data in a picture graph. Students should also know the relationship between the length of the string and the number of swings it makes in fifteen seconds. For example, the shorter the string, the more swings a pendulum will make, and the longer the string, the fewer the swings a pendulum will make.

Social Studies

In social studies our students have become underwater archaeologists as they discovered what types of artifacts European explorers used as they traveled to the New World. They are working with a partner to research different artifacts and why they were important to the explorers. It’s a fun and very interactive chapter! Next up we will focus on the first European explorers and the motives for sailing to the New World.

Books We've Read

  • The Summer My Father Was Ten
  • Elisa's Diary
  • Off and Running
  • Re-Start (Fifth Grade Read Aloud)

Dates to Remember

Friday, September 27-Orange Ruler Fun Run

Friday, September 27-Dance Audition (3:30-6:30 pm)

Friday, October 4-Boys Audition (3:30-6:30 pm)

Wednesday, October 9-Girls Audition 1 (3:30-6:30 pm)

Friday, October 4-School Spirit Day

Friday, October 11-Picture Retakes

Friday, October 11-Girls Audition 2 (3:30-6:30 pm)

Monday, October 14-Columbus Day (No School)

Tuesday, October 15-Callbacks (select students only 3:30-6:30 pm)

Wednesday, October 23-Early Release (2:00 pm dismisal)

Thursday, October 24-Family Skate Night (6:00-8:00 pm at Extreme Wheels)

Thursday, October 31-Halloween Parties (2:30pm)