Welcome to 5th Grade!

We are excited to begin the 2019-20 school year! The grade 5 team is a highly collaborative unit committed to making a smooth transition for all our 5th grade students. We will work hard to make sure that EVERY students' social, emotional, and educational needs are being met. Check back soon for more updates on upcoming news and events concerning Mr. Abbott's class and the 5th grade team!! 

Course Descriptions:

Math - We will be entering year 3 with our EUREKA (ENGAGE NY) MATH PROGRAM. This is an interactive program designed by the state of NY to align to national standards in mathematics. As an added benefit, the program is completely online, allowing teachers, students, and families access to all materials from the internet. 
This program has a strong emphasis on place value, including decimals to the thousandths. Fractions, decimals and percents are examined at a deep level. Geometry concepts of area and volume, as well as properties of shapes and angles are also central to this program. 


Social Studies - Grade 5 Social Studies is a half year course. We begin the journey of American history, covering 3 major units along the way. Unit 1 begins with Native American cultures, followed by Geography terms, and culminating with Early European Explorers. Unit 2 focuses on the founding and settling of the original 13 colonies, with a particular emphasis on what life was like in the New England colonies. Finally, our journey ends in Unit 3 with the study of the major causes and effects leading up to the American Revolution. This year, Mr. Abbott will be taking a different strategy to the delivery of Social Studies content. I will be using a "thematic approach," where each day of the week we will focus on a different area. See below for a weekly outline:

Science - The students have science for half a year in fifth grade. Our focus this year is on ecology, astronomy and Earth science. In ecology we study how organisms interact with their environment. Earth science focuses on the make up and workings of Earth. In our astronomy unit we look at Earth's place in the universe. 

Language Arts-Although reading and writing are interconnected, grade 5 language arts has two blocks. One block is primarily for writing, spelling, and grammar while the 2nd block is primarily reading and vocabulary. We continue to use the Scott Foresman Reading text Reading Street along with the spelling and grammar resources. Our focus on writing will be on narrative and persuasive/informational writing. Reading involves vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency of short stories and novels, both fiction and nonfiction, through skill work as well as discussion and reflection. 

Daily Schedule:

7:20-7:30 - Homeroom

7:30-8:30 - Block 1 Math

8:30-9:30 Block 2 ELA (with Mrs. Zotos)

9:30-9:50 Contact Time

9:50-10:15 Recess


10:55-11:55  BLOCK 3 Social Studies with Mr. Abbott / Science with Ms. Trainor

11:55-12:30 ELA II

12:35-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-1:55 Allied Arts (WHITE BLOCK)

1:55-2:00 Homeroom

2:00 Dismissal