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Grade 5 - Mrs. Mitchell

Sally MitchellWelcome to Fifth Grade! My name is Sally Mitchell. I am looking forward to another great year teaching fifth grade. If you have any questions or concerns, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I teach Science to all fifth and sixth grade students. Before that, I was a Special Ed. Asst. / Instructional Asst. in Londonderry for five years. I have four children -- the oldest is also a teacher.

January News from 5M

happy_new_year Happy New Year to one and all!!  Wow! 2017 went so fast.  We made new friends and caught up with old ones and welcomed new students and welcomed back former students. We have grown both physically and educationally. Now we are ready to start the second half of the school year.

Science is going to help the students understand how the body works.  We will go from cells to systems which will lead to the Human Body Project.  This is chapter 5 in their text books. The project is the big project that the students enjoy creating.  Directions will go home January 3rd and will be due on January 18.  The sixth graders are learning about the Earth and Space and our place in there.

Spelling is lessons 14, 15, review of lessons: 11,12,13,14,and 15, and 16.  Make sure your child is practicing on spellingcity.com.

Reading will be the beginning of the class book of Ivan, The One and Only. We will read most of the book in class.  Sometimes I will read a chapter to them, other times they will read in pairs or silently.  They will have different worksheets that go along with the book.  The genre for the book report for the month is Fantasy.  It is due January 24, 2018.  They will be doing a different type book report this month.  They will be making a movie trailer and most of the work will be done in English class and in Computer class.

Religion will cover more of the sacraments and get us ready for Catholic School Week at the end of January.  This is a week where student participation is very high. There are lots of fun things planned and the schedule will be finalized soon. 5M and our buddy class, 2J, will be leading the Mass on January 29 at 9:15.  We hope that you will be able to join us.

January looks to be a busy month:


January 3- Back to school

January 15- No School- Martin Luther King Day

January 18- Fine Arts Festival at 6:00pm

January 24- Book report due

January 26- Reports Cards

January 28- Open House, 11:30-1:00

January 29- Beginning of Catholic School Week, Mass at 9:15- 5M and 2J preparing

5M would like to wish everyone a wonderful New Year,

Mrs. Mitchell, Ryan, Siena, Karina, Mary, Michaela, Gavin, Brayden, Alicia, Emma, Alexandra, Isabel, Elizabeth, Blayne, Ben, Ava, Scarlett, and Johnny


December News From 5M


Welcome to December!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We were very busy in November learning about the sacrament of Baptism, reading about being honest, starting the prep work for the Spelling Bee in January, writing a story  about the Thanksgiving turkey,  our trip to the Museum of Science in Boston, and lots more.

This this month will be just as busy. The students will be learning about  the cell and its parts, and the Human Body in Science. In Spelling we will be covering lessons 11, 12, 13, and 14.  Don't forget to use spellingcity to help with studying. The genre for the book  report is Poetry. The activity that goes along with the poetry will be done in class.  The students will be  given a rubric in class and should be done in one day.  We will be learning more about Advent and the Christmas season in Religion.

We will also be going on a couple of field trips in December.  Our first one is December 8th. We are going to Noel's Tree Farm with our buddies. It should be lots of fun and probably chilly.  We are also going on a school wide field trip to see the movie "The Star", a movie about the Holy Family. That is on December 15th.  Again this should be a lot of fun for the students.

The Christmas party will be on December 20th at about 1:30.  Details will come later in the month.

December 21st will be an early release and no aftercare.

5M Would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Mrs. Mitchell, Johnny, Scarlett, Ava, Ben, Blayne, Elizabeth, Isabel, Alexandra, Emma, Alicia, Brayden, Gavin, Michaela, Mary, Karina, Siena, and Ryan



5M November Highlights

turkeyWow, we are already to begin the second quarter of the school year.  The students have been busy learning all sorts of things in Religion, Science, Math, Social Studies, and English.  They have led one Mass, met with our buddies in 2J for Vocation Day, and adjusted to having 4 different teachers everyday.

In Religion they have learned about our "common vocation" and about being part of God's family tree.  Next we will use Art to learn more about the Sacrament of Baptism.

The students have covered the first 7 Spelling lessons.  They have taken tests on the iPads, highlighted tests where they choose one word out of four (it helps with standardized testing), and the old fashioned way too.  This month Lessons 8, 9, 10, and a review will be covered.  Plesase make sure that your child is practicing on spellingcity.com.  It's great for practice and keyboarding.

We finished learning about the Classification System for living organisms.  We had two fun projects  to put into practice their recent knowledge.  They used a Dichotomous Key to classify "jelly beans".  It is a "sweet" learning tool.  Then they will identify a "new" organism using all the steps in the Classification System.  Check them out during conferences while you wait.  Next they will tackle the "Growth and Survival" of plants and animals. In particular physical structures of living things, adaptations of plants and animals, and life cycles of some animals. Then we will move on to cells and the Human Body Systems.

The sixth graders are still learning about "Earth's Structure". Right now they are leaning about Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics, and Volcanoes. Next we move to "Astronomy and Space Science".

The book report theme for November is Historical Fiction.  The rubric will go home the first week of the month and it is due on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  In class we are reading short stories in the Reading Street series.  This week we are reading about a day "At The Beach". It deals with the consequences of lying.

Important dates to remember:

November 1-All Saints Day Mass at 9:15, 4T preparing

November 5- Daylight Savings Time begins (turn back your clock)

November 7- Voting Day-National and Student Council at St. Christopher, and Barnes and Noble Night

November 9- Report cards go home

November 10- Veteran's Day, NO school

November 14-Field trip to Boston Museum of Science

November 15 Report cards due back

November 16- Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 17- Annie Jr. at Nashua Catholic

November 21- Thanksgiving Prayer Service, Crazy Sock Day

November 22- No School- Day to prepare for Thanksgiving

November 23- Happy Thanksgiving

November 24- NO School (sleep in)

5M would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Mitchell, Johnny, Scarlett, Ava, Ben, Blayne, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Isabel, Emma, Alicia, Brayden, Gavin, Michaela, Mary, Karina, Siena, and Ryan

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