Fifth Grade Facts

Miss Brockway, Mrs. Fox, & Mrs. Swihart

August 29, 2019

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We’ve made it through the first week of school! Hooray! It’s time for a few classroom updates.

Just a reminder that our school main number is 815-444-4800. Our attendance line is 815-444-4807. Miss Brockway's voicemal number is 815-444-4036, Mrs. Fox’s voicemail number is 815-444-4038, and Mrs. Swihart’s voicemail number is 815-444- 4093. We do not have a phone in our classroom, but we can listen to your messages at our desks before or after school and return your phone call within 24 hours, in most instances. Please keep in mind that you should not use voicemail for reporting any absences or information that your child needs to know that day. We will only listen to these messages before or after school.

As always, please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions. Have a terrific Thursday!

Books We've Read

  • Each Kindness
  • The Birchbark House
  • Re-Start (Fifth Grade Read Aloud)

Curriculum Corner


In math, our classes just started unit 1, where we have been comparing fractions & finding equivalent fractions. We will also practice adding & subtracting fractions. Please make sure students consistently practice their basic facts. We have many students that are still counting on their fingers or don’t know their multiplication and division facts. This is an essential skill to be successful in fifth grade math. It would also be VERY beneficial for you to check over your child’s homework each night to make sure their work is complete & accurate.

Language Arts (ELA)

In language arts we will begin guided reading groups in a couple of weeks. We have been explaining our routines & procedures so students know when they will be meeting with us in reading group, or doing an independent activity. We’re SUPER excited that each student will be able to use their own Chromebook during this time!

In shared reading, students have already learned about different points of view & we are just beginning to discuss the theme of a shared text. For example, in Each Kindness, students were able to tell us the theme could be friendship, acceptance, or regret.

Our students have been very busy writing this first week of school! You will see a few short pieces when you come for Parent Night on September 12th (6:30-7:15 or 7:30-8:15). Next we will be writing about things we can’t imagine our lives without.


We have just begun our first science unit, called Variables. Students will learn the basics of how to set up a controlled experiment using pendulums, lifeboats, and flippers. Let’s just say it’s a fun, interactive unit that all students really enjoy!

Social Studies

In social studies our students are beginning to study 7 Native American cultural regions. They will learn about each region, the climate, and the artifacts Native Americans used for survival.

Dates to Remember

Thursday, August 29-Picture Day

Monday, September 2-Labor Day, No School

Thursday, September 5-Reading MAP Testing (1:45-3:15)

Friday, September 6-Math MAP Testing (1:45-3:15)

Friday, September 6-School Spirit Day

Thursday, September 12-Parent Night (6:30-7:15 or 7:30-8:15 pm)

Monday, September 16-Board of Education Meeting (7:00 pm CORE)

Wednesday, September 25-Early Release Day (2 pm dismissal)