5th Grade Handbook

Everything you need to thrive and survive 5th Grade!

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An Introduction:

This handbook is available to help you understand some general information about our classroom and how it will work this year. We believe that your child will be most successful if there is a strong partnership between school and home. Towards that end, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions throughout the year.


In a PBL classroom, the schedule might change from project to project. We do know that 5th graders, while they enjoy freedom, they also like to know what the boundaries are and fixed items in our schedule provides this structure. Below you will find a general schedule, but please know that the schedule might shift slightly from day to day depending on what we are working on in class.

8:10-9:00 Students enter and personalization time

9:00-10:15 English Language Arts Block--PBL

10:30-11:05 Social Studies PBL

11:05-11:25 Lunch

11:25-12:00Personalization Time

12:00-12:35 Recess

12:35-1:15 Math

1:15-1:55 Science

1:55-2:45 Specials

2:45-2:55 Pack up & get ready to go home


In our classroom, we expect for students to show respect for one another and care for one another's belongings and hearts. We will talk to each other with kindness and will encourage students to participate in the collaborative culture of our classroom. We are going to spend time developing classroom rules that we will use as a guidepost throughout the year. We also believe that each day starts brand new and allows each child an opportunity to make new choices. For the most part we will be trying to resolve school problems at school, but if behaviors continue to occur, we will be contacting you and work together to try to resolve the issues quickly and collaboratively.



We will try very hard to have 30 minutes or less of actual homework each night. Assigned homework might include flipped classroom assignments where students watch a video or read a text in preparation for the next days activities, time on one of our digital personalization tools, or subject practice work. There might be occasions where students will be bringing home other work, but most of the time that will be due to not using class time wisely. We want to protect your child's opportunity to spend time with family and participate in after school activities. Please let us know if amount of time necessary for work outside of school becomes an issue.


We use a standards-based grading system on all assessments. Students will earn a score of 1-4 based on mastery of the learning goal. A score of 3 means that they have shown proficiency of the goal. Earning a 3 is the expectation for all learning goals by the end of 5th grade. There will be opportunities to earn a 4, which will involve higher level thinking and evidence of truly deep understanding of a concept. A 4 is not the expectation-- a 3 is!

Score meanings:

4= Higher level understanding/application of a skill; above and beyond!

3 = Mastered the standard

2 = Understands the basics, still working towards mastery

1 = Needs further instruction and practice; working on the basics

We will use rubrics for most projects that will include learning concepts. Rubrics will always be given to the students at the beginning of each project.