Mrs. Costanzo's 5th Grade Class

Welcome to Mrs. Costanzo's Fifth Grade Humanities Class

I am excited to partner with Mrs. Wissell for science and math this year, and to co-teach part of the day with Mrs. Spadaccini!

Fifth grade is filled with amazing learning experiences. Students work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems and to connect their learning to the real world. Our goals are consistent throughout each content area - to think deeply, work hard, be self-directed, and to become truly independent. Students work to reach their goals in an inquiry-based environment, where they acquire knowledge, create meaning, and successfully transfer their learning.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats

June Unit Updates


Our reading unit on character will take us to the end of the year. Students have been working on character complexity and have been having fun learning about how characters are created from Pixar storyboard artists. Students will continue to use evidence from their book club books to support ideas about character change and development. They will also continue to work on developing theories about characters and on uncovering theme. As students read, they are pulled to work on specific strategies and instruction is differentiated according to individual needs and goals. Homework is consistent throughout the year and students are expected to read 40 minutes each night


In writing, students are using mentor texts to guide them in selecting the structure for their own memoirs. They are taking literary risks as they plan & craft their own work. As always, the focus is on process, and the goal is to transfer what they learn when they write independently.

Social Studies:

We are continuing to study Ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy and the home of some of the world’s most famous philosophers. Students are working on connecting what they learn with their “heads” to what they feel with their “hearts”. They will work on developing questions and conversation starters to prepare to participate in a Socratic Seminar. They will create discussion questions designed to support higher-level thinking and conversation. We will move on to study Ancient Rome, and we are excited to participate in our Roman Day celebration on Friday, June 16!

Upcoming Events

June 2 - Spirit Day & visit to Smith School - please wear your new Smith School t-shirts!

June 13 - Field Day

June 16 - Roman Day

June 22 - Last day of school & Moving-Up ceremony for fifth grade

June 22 - Progress Reports are posted