Grade 5

Grade 5










The fifth grade is part of a looping classroom with fourth grade. The students follow their fourth grade teacher to fifth grade, allowing a continuous learning experience. While in fourth grade, the students switch classes with the fifth grade for language arts. This allows the students to gain responsibility while becoming independent learners.
The language arts program promotes understanding of skills, such as cause and effect, plot and theme through the literature series Fantastic Voyage by Scott Foresman. The students work on grammar and English skills through an understanding of the five step writing process. They hone their vocabulary and spelling skills through the Sadlier- Oxford Vocabulary Workshop series.
The math program is part of the Progress in Mathematics series by Sadlier-Oxford. It focuses on an understanding of the operations of mathematics and in-depth study of fractions, decimals, place value, problem solving and measurement.
Social studies is a continuation of the fourth grade curriculum- where students learn about the regions of the United States. In fifth grade, they learn how America became the country it is today through a study of its colonization, its fight for independence and the development of a democracy. Special focus is given to Rhode Island history which is taught once a week by Mr. Corry, the principal.
Science focuses on understanding life science and physical science through lecture, guided inquiry, and experimentation.
The religion program is focused on the Sacraments. Through study, lecture, guest speakers, and practice of the faith through mass and Adoration, the students learn much about Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Anointing of the Sick.



#2 Pencils
Pencil box
Pens (blue & black ink only)
Crayons (24 count or more)
Markers or colored pencils
2-3 Glue sticks
Loose-leaf paper
1 single subject notebook
2 three-subject notebooks (Preferably different colors)
1 folder (with pockets)
2 boxes of Kleenex
Index cards
Required Reading List



Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter (series)
Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon
Fleischman, Sid. McBroom's Almanac
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic
Morey, Walt. The Wolf Dog
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing
Sauer, Julia L. Fog Magic
Bunting, Eve. The In-Between Days
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard
George, Jean Craighead. Julie
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves

Read two books in the course of the summer.

Be ready to be tested on the books in September.
Happy reading! Have a safe and fun-filled summer!




Ms. Meg Higginbotham

Ms. Higginbotham is our Grade 5 Teacher. In 2010 ?Ms. Higg? as she is often known, returned to St. Paul School where she once began. Ms. Higg is a graduate of Salve Regina College and had taught Grade 1 at St. Matthew School. Ms. Higg is certified by the RI Department of Education and works alongside her good friend, Mrs. Vargas in our grade 4/5 looping program.