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,
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.
Pens (blue & black ink only)
Crayons (24 count or more)
Markers or colored pencils
2-3 Glue sticks
1 single subject notebook
2 three-subject notebooks (Preferably different
1 folder (with pockets)
2 boxes of Kleenex
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
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.