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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.

Welcome to 5M

Dear Families,

Hello, my name is Sally Mitchell.  I would like to welcome you and your child to the fifth grade. Let me tell you a little about our year ahead.

I will be your child’s teacher for Homeroom, Religion, Spelling, Reading, and Science.  Mrs. Emond teaches Math, Miss Wefers teaches Social Studies, and Mrs. Viola teaches English.

Different genres and styles of literature such as adventure, mystery, biography, plays, informational, etc. will be available to them through our literature series (Reading Street) and reading books. Reading consistently and often is how they will be successful readers.  They will need the tools necessary to comprehend all the genres and styles.  As adults, most of their reading and writing will be informational and I would like to help guide them on their journey towards learning.  Book reports will be a monthly project for them as part of their reading, this goes along with them reading for twenty minutes each night.   Some of the ways that you as parents can help are by reading with or to your child, writing notes to them and having them write back to you.  Having them see you read is also very important.  You are your child’s greatest role model.

Also, don't forget to get started on Number The Stars by Lois Lowry (summer reading).  We will be going over different parts of the book such as characters, plot, and setting in the first few days of school.

Don't forget spellingcity.com. When you get to the website find Teacher: Sally Mitchell, St. Christopher School, and then find the lesson you would like to review (look for Reading Street and the lesson number).

We will be covering many subjects in Science starting with a chapter about Classifying Organisms, Growth and Survival, Structure and Function of the human body, Ecosystems, and the Earth. We will also get ready for STEM Day in March by learning about the Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method.We will explore these different concepts by conducting experiments, reading, games, in school projects and at home projects, etc. They will work in groups in school or sometimes individually.  These concepts will also be reinforced with their homework.  We also will be using the science magazine "SuperScience" from Scholastic.  Fridays will become "SuperScience" day.

Religion will consist of learning more about the seven Sacraments, Holy Days and their connection to the Sacraments, how we can live like Jesus wants us to, and prayer in our lives.

They will need to adjust to the fifth grade and it usually takes until the end of the first quarter.  They will be moving between four classrooms for their core subjects.  They will need to learn to get organized and take all their supplies, homework, notebooks, and whatever else they need with them as they move about the classes.  Their backpacks may be heavy at the beginning of the year as they are tweaking their routines.  They may seem overwhelmed as they get used to their new schedules but as I said they will adjust to it.

The behavior that is expected is what you would want at home, respect for themselves, other children, and the adults in their lives.  I want them to put their best effort into everything they do, and be proud of their results when they have worked to their potential.

If you have any questions or problems you can call or email me at school ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and when time permits I will get back to you.

I look forward to our year ahead and getting to know your children as we enter our new adventure.

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Sincerely,

Mrs. Mitchell

 

Jumping into June

IMG_0117Did this year go as fast as I think it did?  We were so busy learning that it just flew by!  I will miss this class but luckily I'll be their 6th grade Science teacher.

We learned more about all the Sacraments, about Mary and how we honor her through the year, and how our church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.  The students are making a "Sacrament Book" using the textbook. They will be cutting out text and pictures that they think are important to convey what is important to them about the sacraments.

They learned about the Scientific Method, the Engineering Design Process, the Classification of different organisms, cells, the human body systems, growth and survival of plants and animals, ecosystems, and weather and climate. They made some really wonderful projects for the bodies systems and for STEM day. It was a very successful year.

The 6th grade was just as busy as they studied the water in our atmosphere which included the oceans, fresh water, and weather.  They explored about Earth, the Moon and Sun and how they are connected to each other.  They delved into the Earth and the forces that make it work.

Spelling was quite the challenge with lots of new and some review words from 4th grade.  Spellingcity was a big help to them especially for their tests on the iPads.  We finished all 30 lessons and the review lessons after every 5 lessons.

The students produced many interesting bookreports monthly that included different genres such as biographies, humor, and historical fiction.

We enjoyed visits with out buddies in 2J.  We are looking forward to a picnic with them on June 3rd.

As you can see fifth grade was a very busy year.  We wish everyone a long relaxing summer to get ready for next year in the 6th grade.

Mrs. Mitchell, Pierce, Charlie, Maryfei, Josh, Krystal, Joe, Madelynn, Brenna, Anna, Nathan, Polina, Derek, Madison, Trevor, Emily, Matt, Kelechi, Cam, Ambrose, Bella, Rohan, Kaylie, Kavin, Jamie, and Annika.

 

April News From 5M

springWelcome to Spring!  It has been long awaited.  The fifth grade was busy this past  month as we waited for more nice weather. They finished their Engineering Design Process project for The STEM Fair. They were a huge success. The students then presented their projects to their class. They all did very well.


The 6th grade is learning about the  Solar System they live in and then we will focus on the planet that we live on.  They will learn about Earth's structure and the forces that make it seem almost alive.


The book report for this month is Humor.  They will be making their own "comic strip" to tell their story. It will be due April 20, 2016.


The spelling lessons to be covered this month are  25, and review of lessons 21-25,and 26.  Don't forget to practice on spellingcity.com.


In religion we will be learning about the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders.



The students will be writing some poetry for the Poetry Slam at the end of the month.  Hopefully you'll be able to join us.


5M would like to wish you a very happy Spring and a great vacation,

Mrs. Mitchell, Pierce, Charlie, Maryfei, Josh, Krystal, Joe, Madelynn, Brenna, Anna, Nathan, Polina, Derek, Madison, Trevor, Emily, Matt, Kelechi, Cam, Ambrose, Bella, Rohan, Kaylie, Kavin, Jamie, and Annika

 

 
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