5th Grade

Welcome to 5th Grade at Noah Webster Schools!

5th grade at Noah Webster Schools has a rich curriculum and we are excited to share it with you and your child. We are going to reach for the moon; it will be an exciting and memorable time!

Our goal is to work hard for you and ensure that our program exceeds the standard. We will expand on your child’s knowledge by following our STEM curriculum. It will be challenging and fun. Because we believe in each child’s uniqueness and abilities, your child will be expected to excel. Ultimately, parents, students, and teachers working together creates a truly independent, successful student!

As a part of the learning experience at Noah Webster Schools, 5th grade students step away from the traditional classroom setting and discover a new way of learning by attending scheduled field trips. The field trips align with the overall curriculum and subjects learned in the classroom to the outside world and real life experiences. Our 5th grade field trips vary year to year, but have included chaperoned trips to the Halle Heart Museum and the Arizona Science Center & Planetarium.

5th Grade Curriculum

In 5th grade math, our students will apply previous knowledge to solve real world problems and gain new skills through direct instruction by learning;

  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations - Fractions

In 5th grade language arts, your child will learn a range of skills that improve their familiarity with the English literature. Each teacher at Noah Webster Schools works with the students to further their previous learned knowledge in all areas of language arts which includes the study of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. The lesson plan will advance your child’s current understanding of the basic fundamentals of language arts by learning:

  • Reading strategies
  • Descriptive and detailed paragraph writing
  • Different types of sentences
  • Academic vocabulary

Reading

Our teachers utilize different works of literature to progress your child’s comprehension skills for them to meet the 5th grade reading standards. Your child will learn how to process descriptive text and narratives through McGraw-Hill reading and other selective stories in order to:

  • Identify the main character
  • Recognize the problem and solution
  • Summarize the text in order to draw an ending conclusion
  • Make predictions
  • Draw inferences
  • Create their own judgments and decisions about significant events

Each child is different, which is exactly why our teachers take the time to work with your child and build upon the areas that they seem to be struggling with.

Teachers will also work with the students to improve their skills when reading aloud. This involves word accuracy, appropriate pacing and understanding. Your child will build the required reading and comprehensive skills to enhance their ability to analyze more complex literature.

Writing

In the 5th grade, our teachers will continue to work with students to complete descriptive and detailed five paragraph writing. Students will work on personal narrative by successfully completing more advanced poetry and letter writing. Finally, students will learn how to conduct research in order to inform their audience and describe their own thoughts and feelings through words.

Grammar

5th grade grammar involves a more complex understanding of the rules for grammar and its usage. Students will identify different types of sentences and write complete sentences using:

  • Proper verbs
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization

Your child will also understand the meaning of, and learn to use the following:

  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Adverbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Direct objects
  • Appositives

Vocabulary and Spelling

Our 5th graders will improve their vocabulary and spelling by completing our Wordly Wise and Prefix words activities each week. Each activity asks students to define and spell each term correctly and in its proper tense. This helps to enhance our students’ academic vocabulary and prepare them for further learning.

5th grade social studies will cover a multitude of eras from Ancient America to its reconstruction. Your child will learn about the history and lifestyles during the American Revolution, Westward expansions and Civil War. Students will also study world and U.S. geography.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, students will begin Constitution classes and read American Hero stories to help understand history from a more personal standpoint.

Science weekly is a way in which your child will learn a variety of topics within the study of science. Making up the “S” in our essential STEM curriculum, 5th grade students will learn the effects of gravity, friction, motion and the functionality of simple machines. They will also learn about different physical and chemical properties, along with mixtures and compounds that form matter.

Your 5th grader will study the solar system and the rotation of the earth and other planets. Later on in the year, teachers will explain three of the body systems, including the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

During your child’s 5th grade year, students are asked to participate in an individual science fair where they will apply what they have learned to a project, which may be displayed at the school.

One of our most prolific attributes at Noah Webster Schools is our advanced-based technology available to our students. Students complete online lessons which have been individually prescribed to meet individual student needs.

Our Mesa campus is equipped with Polyvision Smartboards, providing a positive work environment by encouraging interactive activities to increase learning in the classroom on a daily basis. Additionally, Mesa students are provided student laptops so that they can work on math and reading using today’s latest technology. The Fuse document cameras at Noah Webster Schools allow every student to become a part of any activity or assignment. Students benefit by having the ability to share their work with the class, all at the click of a button! Each classroom at our Pima campus is equipped with Samsung School, a student-centric classroom environment that empowers students through a 1:1 learning experience. All of our students are provided with Samsung Galaxy tablets, while each classroom receives an interactive whiteboard display to improve learning and engagement within the classroom.

Physical Education

All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.

Music

All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the free band and orchestra program.

Library

Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.

Art

Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.

5th Grade Supply List

Dear Parents,

Remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) with first and last name. This will help locate them should personal items become lost.

  • Payment forNoah Webster Planner, Homework Folder, and Hand Sanitizer
    • Cash or make check payable to Noah Webster Schools
  • Payment forSocial Studies Weekly (for entire year)
    • Cash or make check payable to Noah Webster Schools

Personal Supplies:

  • 1 Ruler (standard & metric markings)
  • 1 Package of red pens/pencils
  • Mechanical pencils (These are much easier)
  • 3 Packages #2 Pencils (Ticonderoga preferred)
  • 1 Small Pencil Sharpener with lid
  • 3 single-subject spiral notebooks (note-taking)
  • 1 Composition Notebook (writing)
  • 2 Heavy Duty Pocket folders
  • 1 Set of Colored Pencils
  • 1 Package of Highlighters
  • Low Odor Dry Erase Markers
  • 1 Pencil Box/Pouch for supplies
  • Headphones/Earbuds for individual laptop/tabletuse
  • Scissors
  • No large binders due to the limited desk space.

Classroom Supplies:

  • 2 pkgs. Pencil top erasers
  • 2 Reams of notebook paper (wide-ruled)
  • 2 Rolls of Paper Towels
  • 3 Large Sized Tissue Boxes

*All donated items must be non-toxic and be labeled as such!

Sincerely,

5th Grade Teaching Team

Noah Webster Schools


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Testimonials

On the first day of school, while I was walking down the hall, I was kind of nervous because it was a new school. But when I walked in the classroom, I recognized some people I already knew, and that made me feel a bit better. I have learned so many things this year, such as integers, Ancient Greece, and oxymorons. I have also learned things that will help me be a better person. I learned that respect is one of the most important qualities to have in life. My teacher is wonderful. She has empathy (most of the time) for us. She knows what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations, she knows how to cheer someone up, or make them feel regretful (when we misbehave). She understands our problems and gives us advice on how to solve them, whether it’s from personal problems to math or reading problems. We went on a lot of field trips this year. My favorite one was the Water Day field trip at the Mesa Campus! We got to go on different water slides. I had so much fun sliding down the 40 foot tall Rhino slide and high-fiving everyone when I reached the bottom! Everyday has been a different day, which I enjoy. I will always remember my experience in 6th grade here at Noah Webster Schools.

–Annika T.

Our son was in Kindergarten this year and he loved it and loved the teacher & assistant teacher. He learned so much through the school year. I am very pleased to have started him at this school. To end this great school year with such a fun water day he so much enjoyed and talked about the whole day.

–Catherine N.