Teacher: Ms. Alexandra Martello
Welcome to fifth grade! My name is Ms. Martello. I am very excited to start school and look forward to a wonderful year together. My goal is for ALL my students to experience success and learn as much as possible. Every student can learn and will learn in my class. I celebrate everyone’s differences as an asset and hope to instill a LOVE for learning, not only at school, but also forever in life.
What to Expect in Fifth Grade!
Unit Plans & Common Core Curriculum
The Common Core Curriculum allows integration of all subjects. Each subject will be taught under a theme that ties each subject together called a Unit Plan. Students' learning of material will be constantly reinforced throughout each subject. The learning standards of the fifth grade curriculum are designed to expand on students’ prior knowledge and lay the foundation of what students should know and be able to do in each grade. These standards ensure that all children are prepared to move forward to the next grade.
Students use “Reading Street” textbook to reinforce skills from the overall unit plan as well as learn vocabulary/spelling words. Students will participate in reading from leveled readers, individually leveled books and in a daily read aloud.
Students use “Writing Matters” program to develop strong writing skills and write about topics connecting to the overall unit plan. Students will also complete work from their grammar workbooks.
“enVision Math” will be used for the math curriculum. Topics to be covered will fall under the domains of: Number and Operations in Base Ten, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry.
Scott Foresman science textbooks will be used for the science curriculum as well as many supplemental materials.
Religious education in grade five focuses on the sacraments of the Church. Our study looks very specifically at their origin, their importance in our life of faith and in their actual rites and rituals.
We look, too, at the liturgical year and the seasons of the Church.
Students attend Mass as a class three times a month, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during the Advent and Lenten seasons, and attend many prayer services to mark important events. We have daily devotions at the beginning and end of the day as well as school wide prayers to honor the Blessed Mother or for other specific intentions.
Having parental support and open lines of communication is an essential part of any successful school year. Feel free to email me at any time with concerns you may have. I check my email daily and will get back to you in a timely manner.