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Ms. Brucker 

Ms. Habarakada 

Mr. O'Connor

5th Grade

Ms. Brucker, Ms. Habarakada and Mrs. Wise in the Nature Area

Welcome to 5th Grade!

We are excited to be your teachers this year. 5th grade is a year for maturing and independence. We will work hard to prepare all students for success in middle school.

Here are some curriculum highlights for 5th grade:

Reader's Workshop

  • Studying characters and making interpretations in fiction stories
  • Strategies for reading complex nonfiction
  • Informational research projects
  • Book clubs
  • Exciting classroom read-alouds

Writer's Workshop

  • Personal narratives
  • Opinion debate and essays
  • Literary essays
  • Informational essays
  • Poetry


  • Math Talks to help build number sense and confidence
  • Problem solving skills and strategies
  • Number sense
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals
  • Place value
  • Algebra
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Graphing

Social Studies: United States History

  • North American Native Americans
  • Early Explorers
  • 13 Colonies
  • Revolutionary War
  • United States government


  • Living Systems
  • Mixtures and Solutions
  • Earth and Moon
  • FOSS Science Investigations and regular science labs
  • Work in the school garden

Character Education

  • ThinkFirst/Second Step: district adopted character education and bullying prevention programs
  • Kid Power: Empowering students to make wise choices behaviorally, socially, and academically


  • 40 minutes of art a week with the art teacher
  • 30 minutes of music a week with the music teacher
  • Two, 30 minute P.E. classes a week with our P.E. Teacher. Students also receive an additional 40 minutes a week of class P.E. with their classroom teacher
  • 30 minutes of library a week with librarian
  • 1 hour in the garden every two weeks

Student Resources

5th Grade Standards

Tips for Families