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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.

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



autumn_picWell we made it through our first month of school.  The students are still learning the routines of four teachers as they move from class to class.  They are getting into the routine of gathering their supplies for each class too. This month they will continue to perfect this routine.

In Science, they just completed their first test on Chapter 3.   This month they learned about the classification of organisms and why scientists  classify different animals, insects, and one celled orgainisms the way that they do.  One of the culminating activities for this unit is to classify jelly beans.  Always a fun way to learn how a dichotomous key works.  The sixth grade will be learning about the Earth and its structure, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes.


In Spelling we will start Lesson 5 and then we have the review of the first five lessons.  After that we will continue with Lessons 6 , 7, and 8.  Please have your child use spellingcity.com as a study aid since they have the majority of their tests on the iPads using spellingcity.com.


In Religion we will be exploring the meaning of vocations in our church.  This will lead us to Vocation Day which is on October 24.  5M will be leading the Mass that day so I hope you are able to join us for the 9:15 Mass.

The October bookreport, Mystery, is due on October 25. The rubric and directions will go home on Monday, October 2.  We will also be reading some of the stories in the anthology series Reading Street.









Some special days to remember:

October 6- First Quarter Progress Reports

October 9-Columbus Day no school

October 18- Picture Day

October 13- early release-12:30, no aftercare

October 24- Vocation Day- Mass at 9:15

October 31- Halloween- Free dress and party :)

If you have any questions don't forget to call or email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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