The fifth grade is part of a looping classroom with fourth grade. The students follow their fourth grade teacher to fifth grade, allowing a continuous learning experience. While in fourth grade, the students switch classes with the fifth grade for language arts. This allows the students to gain responsibility while becoming independent learners.
The language arts program promotes understanding of skills, such as cause and effect, plot and theme through the literature series Fantastic Voyage by Scott Foresman. The students work on grammar and English skills through an understanding of the five step writing process. They hone their vocabulary and spelling skills through the Sadlier- Oxford Vocabulary Workshop series.
The math program is part of the Progress in Mathematics series by Sadlier-Oxford. It focuses on an understanding of the operations of mathematics and in-depth study of fractions, decimals, place value, problem solving and measurement.
Social studies is a continuation of the fourth grade curriculum- where students learn about the regions of the United States. In fifth grade, they learn how America became the country it is today through a study of its colonization, its fight for independence and the development of a democracy. Special focus is given to Rhode Island history which is taught once a week by Mr. Corry, the principal.
Science focuses on understanding life science and physical science through lecture, guided inquiry, and experimentation.
The religion program is focused on the Sacraments. Through study, lecture, guest speakers, and practice of the faith through mass and Adoration, the students learn much about Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Anointing of the Sick.
Mrs. Susan Vargas – Fifth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Vargas is a cum laude graduate of Rhode Island College. She has been teaching at Saint Paul School since 1998. While at St. Paul, she taught in the middle school for three years. She works alongside her good friend, Ms. Higg in our grade 4/5 looping program. Mrs. Vargas is also the volleyball coach. She is youth minister for the Office of Comprehensive Youth Ministry (formerly known as CYO) of the Diocese of Providence and the Senior Counselor at the Mother of Hope Day Camp during the summer. She is a member of Saint Matthew Parish where she lectors at Mass.
Pens (blue & black ink only)
Crayons (24 count or more)
Markers or colored pencils
2-3 Glue sticks
1 single subject notebook
2 three-subject notebooks (Preferably different colors)
1 folder (with pockets)
2 boxes of Kleenex
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter (series)
Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon
Fleischman, Sid. McBroom's Almanac
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic
Morey, Walt. The Wolf Dog
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing
Sauer, Julia L. Fog Magic
Bunting, Eve. The In-Between Days
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
Banks, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard
George, Jean Craighead. Julie
George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves
Read two books in the course of the summer. Be ready to be tested on the books in September.
Happy reading! Have a safe and fun-filled summer!<