Grade 5 Room 133

                                                                                      September 2020              

I’d like to welcome you and your child to the Junior High School and the 2020-2021 school year! These certainly are strange times, but I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive year. We will take this one step at a time!

To begin, your child should have come home with a folder containing important school information and dates along with an agenda notebook that s/he will use to write down all assignments, homework, reminders, etc. This agenda is an excellent tool to help students stay organized and for them to keep on top of all of their work. Also contained in this agenda notebook, are school rules, policies, and the code of conduct. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it. Your child will be required to have his/her agenda with him/her at all times and checked and signed by you each weeknight. Please ask to see it each night as it should contain all homework assignments, notes from me, and any missing work. You should expect your child to have homework every weeknight, particularly in math, grammar, and spelling. Students should plan on using recess as a contact time if the agenda is not signed or homework/classwork is not finished/passed in.

Fifth-grade students will be required to read a novel and keep track of that reading by minutes/chapters, nightly. Although there will be opportunities for choice novels, students will have required reading as well. We are continuing the Reading Street program (K-6) and StoryWorks. You and your child will have online access at In math, there will be homework nightly. Before each test, be on the lookout for a review packet. We are using Eureka Math formerly called Engaged NewYork at

In the event that you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your child, it is best to contact me at  If you need to call for late, or absent, or for changes in dismissal**please leave a message with the secretary in the office at 646-5142 and not in my voice mailbox and not by email.** I usually cannot check my email or phone until the end of the day.

We will continue to use JupiterGrades which will allow for parents, students, and teachers to monitor and communicate students’ progress online. I am looking forward to working with you and your child to ensure a successful year!

Cheryl A. Turner

The Daily Schedule: I have provided this schedule to give you an idea of what the day looks like and to be of assistance when making appointments for your child. This first trimester schedule may be altered or revised as the year goes on, depending on the circumstances.
- 10:20 (50)
 8:30- 9:30 ELA Reading (Turner)
 9:30-10:20 First 1/2 year Social Studies (Turner) / Second 1/2 year Science (Potter)
 10:20-10:45 Recess/Mask Break
 10:45- 11:45 MATH (Quint)
11:45-12:15 Lunch/Mask Break
12:15-1:00  ELA 2 (Turner)/
 MATH 2   (Quint)
1:00- 2:00  Allied Arts   


1:00 -2:00 (60)

                                                            Course Descriptions:
Math - We will continue the program this year in 5th-grade math, known as Eureka Math. 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. 
Language Arts-Although reading and writing are interconnected, grade 5 language arts has two blocks. One block is primarily for writing, reading, and vocabulary. Our second block will be a focus group on spelling and grammar. We continue to use the Story Works and Scott Foresman Reading Street program. 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.
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 makeup and workings of Earth. In our astronomy unit, we look at Earth's place in the universe.