Fifth Grade Notes
Each day, your child will need notebook paper, graph paper, pencil, eraser, and planner. Your child will be issued a Math book and workbook. We will be using the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley series. We will begin by reviewing place value and work our way through the SOLs following Roanoke County’s pacing guide. The vast majority of the SOLs will focus on mastering the basic facts. Please work with your child on the basic multiplication tables 0-9. It is imperative that they know their facts completely.
Homework will be written on the board daily, and it will be the responsibility of your child to write assignments for each class in his/her planner. All work must be shown on the homework paper. A homework paper showing only answers will not be accepted as a completed assignment. It will also be important to have a neat and organized paper.
A weekly review will be assigned most weeks. These are given on the first day of the week and due the last day (Friday). All work must be shown on separate paper.
In science class, students will be engaged in learning and conducting several experiments using a variety of lab equipment and materials. Six major units of study will be covered in fifth grade science class. These units include: scientists in training (study of scientific method, reasoning, and logic), force, motion, and energy (specifically related to the study of light and sound), matter (properties of matter, mixtures, and reactions), living systems (cell structure and function, classification of organisms), interrelationships in Earth/space systems (understanding the ocean), and Earth’s patterns, cycles, and changes (rocks, minerals, earth structure).
Each student will be provided with a Study Guide for each unit. This Study Guide should be kept in their science folder and reviewed each night. Tests/quizzes will be announced to students ahead of time in order for them to prepare an adequate study schedule. Once they have tested on a specific unit, students will empty their science folder and keep the materials at home for SOL review. Students will be responsible for all material taught in 4th and 5th grade science class on their SOL test in May.
The goal in class this year is for students to gain a better command of the English language by using writing as a tool to communicate. The 5th graders will write for a variety of purposes: to entertain, describe, inform, persuade, and explain. They will learn to see writing as a process that can yield a powerful product when executed in an expressive and organized way. We plan to have fun, share our thoughts and ideas, and become confident that all of us have something worthwhile to say.
Most of the writings we do this year will be done in class and limited to one formally graded paper per 9-week period. These papers will be scored on the student’s effective use of writing components as they relate to composition, written expression, and grammar. They will keep these writings in their portfolios until the end of the school at which time the writing samples will be forwarded to the middle school.
Global Studies is a year-long course in World Geography with an emphasis on geographical skills and world cultures. Our textbook will be kept in the classroom. The goals of the course include:
- to improve the students’ ability to use and interpret maps, charts, and graphs
- to recognize that the world is made up of many unique cultures, allowing students to develop “mental pictures” of world regions
- to learn the foundations of US geography in preparation for the US geography component of the 6th grade US History to 1877
The curriculum focus for reading will be on the Word Analysis (SOL 5.4) and Comprehension Skills (SOL 5.5, 5.6, 5.7). A goal this year is for students to become independent readers of a variety of materials. Students will have a designated independent reading period most days. It is important that students bring good reading material to class EVERY day. Reading fluency skills, word analysis and phonics skills, comprehension, and vocabulary will be reinforced with daily literacy stations and novel studies. Students will work in both small groups and whole class to complete tasks and individual assignments. Please review your child's reading/writing Notebooks each evening.
Veterans Day Celebration 2019
PFES Fifth Grade
November 12, 2019
The fifth grade students of Penn Forest would like to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day 2018. Family members and any guests who have served in the military are invited to join us.
To help make our celebration meaningful, please share photographs of family members who have served so that we may use them in a very special presentation.
Directions for sharing photos for the program:
October 31st is the deadline for sending photographs.
Please use a .JPG format if you are sending photos through email.
Please include the following information on the envelope or in email:
Name of Veteran
Relationship to student
Please email any photos to email@example.com. If you use email, please include the student name in the subject line.
You may also send them to school in a labeled envelope (information written on the outside of the envelope).
Photos will be returned as soon as possible.
**Fifth graders are being asked to wear jeans (dark if possible) and a solid color t-shirt in red, white, or blue.
- Special Units
- World Geography
- Earth Movements
- Light and Sound
- Rocks and Minerals
- Basic Operations
- Higher Level Thinking Skills
- Multi-Step Problems
- Problem Solving
- Whole Numbers
- Data Base
- Word Processing
- Spread Sheets