5th Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: May & June 2016


Some groups in fifth grade are still putting the final touches on their Egyptian Canopic Jars. Once finished, students will be investigating the world of pop art. Students will be drawing, painting, sculpting, and collaging their own popular culture pieces, putting a new and more modern twist on an old favorite!


This month in Latin, 5CE will continue our work with present tense verbs. We will master conjugation, learning a fun song to help us remember which Latin verb endings correspond to specific English subject pronouns. We will also work on analyzing the person and number of verbs in the context of sentences. This ability will help us make our way through Ursus et Porcus, the Latin storybook we have started to read. As the end of the school year approaches, we will start to take a look at other sentence components, such as subjects, direct objects, and prepositional phrases.


Fifth grade will review digital citizenship, playing several online games to reinforce their knowledge of online safety. We will play Newbery Medal ​Bingo, and cap off the year with Café Dewey, a hilarious test of their cumulative library knowledge. Students take turns being customers, waiters, and chefs --with costumes and props, of course. The customers order books from the menu. The chefs use Destiny library catalog to find the call numbers of the books and the waiters must locate the books and serve them to the customers.


I have had such a wonderful time working with this fifth grade class. They had a wonderful show last week! I am so proud of them. We will be ending the year researching new Monday assembly songs and making presentations to go with them. Thank you for sharing your child with me this year!


The month of May will begin with the continuation of our hockey unit. Game play with skill work and offense/defense strategies will be the emphasis. Then we will review some of our Field Day activities along with the introduction of a few new activities to get ready for the big day. Following Field Day, the class will participate in outdoor sports that include games involving baseball/softball/kickball type activities as well as large group games that can be played on the fields. The rock wall will be used one last time, along with the newly learned activity, speed cup stacking. At the end of the school year, students will have the opportunity to choose a few of their favorite games and activities that were played during the year and repeat these activities one final time before summer vacation begins.


Fifth graders continue to explore their eco columns and observe the changes that take place over the month. We will also learn how the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere interact with each other. Students will learn how much of the earth’s water is fresh and how much is salty. Finally, we will complete the year by learning about day and night, the seasons, and the moon. Students will also explore size and proportion of celestial bodies and experiment to understand why the moon and sun seem to be the same size in the sky when they are actually very different in scale. We also explore the challenge question: If the Earth is the size of a mustard seed and the Moon is as big as a grain of sand, how big is the Sun? Students are given the choice of a marble, golf ball, tennis ball, or basketball. You’ll have to find out from them what the final answer is.


Spanish students in 5MM will practice and apply the present tense conjugation, using singular and plural forms. They will learn the four variations of “you” due to the social distinctions in Spanish speaking countries between the two ways to address others. Previously, the class read the daily activities of Celia Castillo, a young Cuban girl. The reading will serve as a model for students to begin to describe their activities using -ar verbs like practicar, preparar, desayunar, estudiar, trabajar and usar. The class will then study -er and -ir verbs and their conjugations. Students' mastery of conjugations will be determined using digital applications and traditional written assessments.