Fifth Grade
Teaching Team
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Mrs. Collins,
Mrs. Fisher,
Mrs. Gurzo,
Mrs. Hernon,
Mrs. Kobesky,
Mrs. Runge,
Miss Russo,
Miss Trulby,


Language Arts
Language Arts, what a novel idea! Yes, fifth graders will be reading novels, short stories, plays, and poems, learning vocabulary, and spelling and grammar rules. Reading and writing go hand in hand, each skill developing the other. By creating personal narratives, persuasive and expository essays, and explanatory writings, the students become better communicators in both written and spoken form. Write on!

The acclaimed literacy expert, Richard Allington, noted in his 2011 article “ What Really Matters for Struggling Readers,” that readers need three things to be successful: access to books they find fascinating, time to read and expert instruction. At the Point Pleasant Borough School District, we strive to provide students with these three key elements to foster a life-long love of reading. In Fifth Grade, students travel through a variety of genres, such as fiction, non-fiction and fantasy, to hone their skills while developing their comprehension.  Students continue to read more complex books, which exposes them to more literary elements and story structures. Often, students will meet in book clubs to collaborate on ideas and hold authentic discussions around the text to grow theories. Teachers scaffold their instruction through explicit mini-lessons, one-on-one conferencing and small group instruction. Word study, which includes vocabulary, phonics and grammar, are embedded within the English Language Arts block. Students also have opportunities to write narratives, informational and argumentative pieces while using mentor texts, direct and small group instruction to guide their writing skills.

Fifth grade students in Point Pleasant Borough follow the Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum, a research based program.  Learning activities lay the foundation for your child’s math education through concrete experiences and games to build understanding of mathematics.  Your child will experience a problem-solving approach to learning based on everyday situations, with reinforcement through frequent practice of basic skills.  The teaching process involves revisiting concepts regularly to build mastery while drawing connections to new concepts, and the curriculum is designed to allow for exploration of mathematical content and practices in a rich problem-solving environment.  The lessons are specifically designed to build upon concepts and skills rather than treating topics as isolated sections to produce a well-rounded and robust educational experience.  

A key feature of your child’s learning in fifth grade is a focus on providing the knowledge and skills necessary to be a mathematically proficient and critically thinking adult.  The concepts studied to meet this robust goal include operations with algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, number and operations with fractions, measurement and data, and geometry.  These lessons will be extended and supplemented through the “Family Letters” provided in the program, which keep you informed of the content your child is learning, and through “Home Link” assignments, which offer the chance to help enrich that learning at home.

Are blue eyes a recessive trait or a dominant trait? Do our classroom lights work on parallel circuits or series circuits? Find out these answers and more in fifth grade science class. Be a scientist and explore hands on activities. Discover how to use the scientific method while discovering the wonders of the human body and the fascinating world of energy. From single cells to body systems, from forms of energy to how people use energy, fifth grade science has it all. Fifth grade science is exciting!

Social Studies
From the woolly mammoth crossing the Beringia Bridge to George Washington crossing the Delaware, fifth grade social studies classes learn how our country has come to be the great nation it is. We learn about the many Native American cultures living on North and South America and European exploration. Colonial development, the fight for our independence, and the development of our government are the other areas of study in fifth grade social studies. The trip back in time will amaze you!

Study Skills
Take note! Should you hire an assistant to organize you, or is it time to take control of your study strategies and habits? Organizing a notebook, learning how to learn, reading for information, and preparing for a test are just some of the important features of study skills. Fifth graders will become critical thinkers and life-long learners who are equipped with the essential skills necessary to acquire knowledge and understanding. So grab your highlighter, it’s time to study!

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