Fifth Grade News

Welcome to 5th Grade Cafe!


In Math, we began setting up the routines and structures that we will use in Math. We practiced Numbered Heads Together and Showdown. This preparation will help our math run smoothly and efficiently. The students also created an All About Me in Math page which was an awesome activity! They used numbers to describe themselves in whatever way they could. For example, they mentioned their height, address, and number of siblings. Ask your child what numbers they used to represent themselves!


A large component of our reading workshop this year will be independent reading time. This allows for students to take the skills taught during our mini lesson and practice them on their own. We discussed this concept in great detail and created a chart outlining what the students and teacher should be doing during each part of the reading workshop. In order for our students to be successful, we have been practicing reading stamina. This is a skill that we will continue to practice.


This week in writing we did an activity listing 50 things we love. The students used this to generate ideas and begin writing for the year.

Reading Log

We will send a Reading Log home with the students on MONDAYS (this is a change from what we said at Curriculum Night). It will be due on the following Monday.

Caine's Arcade

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Curriculum Night

If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night and would like the paperwork that was discussed, please email your child's teacher.

If you have any lingering questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you to all of the parents that showed up to support us! We are excited for this year with you and your kids!

A Peek into Next Week

Writing: Next week we will be diving into our narrative unit. The students will focus on small moments and generate ideas for narrative stories. We will also give the students the narrative pre-assessment which is strictly used to show student growth throughout the unit.

Math: We will begin our first module by looking at the relationship between place values and the digits.

Reading: In reading we are going to continue practicing building stamina and applying the skills acquired during our mini-lessons while reading independently.

Covenant Harbor

We currently have a list of several volunteers for this trip that signed up during Curriculum Night. If you were not able to attend the meeting and are interested in adding your name to our chaperone list, please contact your child's teacher by Wednesday, August 29th.

Outdoor Education information and forms will be coming home next week in Friday Folders to those families who could not make our meeting this past Thursday. Please be sure to begin reading through and filling out this important packet.


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District Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.

5th Grade

Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Kraabel