Fifth Grade


    Ms. E. Conroy     Ms. Conroy's Website
    Ms. J. Palmer       Ms. Palmer's Website  

    Ms. D. Wetzel     Ms. Wetzel's Website

    The 5th grade program encourages students to assume increased responsibility and independence for their learning. It is our goal as fifth grade teachers to provide instruction that is appropriate to all abilities and interests. We want to encourage students to think critically and independently. We want them to be considerate to all members of the school community and to take pride in their work and achievement.


    Communication with Your Child's Teacher

    If you need to reach us, please leave a telephone message and we will reach you at our earliest convenience.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    There are two parent teacher conferences scheduled during the year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

    Homework Guidelines

    Homework is regularly assigned Mondays through Thursdays. Occasionally, a weekend assignment will be given. Certain specific projects or long-term assignments may also require some time over the weekend.

    Reading independently is an important daily habit. Each student is expected to read for 40 minutes a night—and this should continue through the weekend!

    Individual homework policies have been outlined and explained in each classroom.


    • The New York State English Language Arts exam

    • The New York State Math exam


    English Language Arts


    The fifth grade reading curriculum is geared toward developing genre studies in which students read poetry, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction. Encouraged to read as writers, students will also learn how to analyze, evaluate, and appreciate literature and the writing connection. Discussions are directed toward a more critical analysis of authors’ styles, character analysis, and recognition of descriptive language. Many selections relate to social studies themes, problem solving, and peer relationships.


    The goal of the fifth grade writing curriculum is to enable students to communicate their ideas through written expression. The process includes students’:

    • modeling their writing practices after published authors

    • cultivating ideas that may be generated into a form of written expression (memoir, nonfiction, poetry, editorial, essay, expository, research paper)

    • writing about topics that are meaningful and important to them

    • exploring conventions, craft, and conferring

    • assessing their progress by conferring with the teacher

    It is expected that the fifth grade student understands that good writing is coherent, expressive, organized, and well crafted with attention to conventions.


    The emphasis in the mathematics program is on problem solving and analytical and critical thinking skills. Hands-on activities and games are incorporated into the program to bring the most meaning to the skill being developed.

    Areas of study are expanded multiplication and long division of whole numbers, operations with fractions including decimals to percentages to fractions and related word problems, probability and statistics (range, mean, average, and prediction reliability), geometry, and measurement. Math is explored in terms of its practical application in everyday living.

    Social Studies

    The fifth grade social studies program builds on the American history explored in fourth grade and expands to our neighbors, Latin America and Canada. The fifth grade American history dateline includes westward expansion, immigration, the Civil War, and industrialization at the turn of the century. The geography of the Western Hemisphere (climate, topography, population) is studied. Reading and interpreting maps is an integral aspect of each unit of study.