St. James Episcopal Day School

Class Pages

5th Grade

Teachers

Emma Achorn

Emma Achorn

Fifth Grade Teacher

225-344-0805
eachorn@stjamesbr.org

Marian Castille

Marian Castille

Fifth Grade Teacher

225-344-0805
mcastille@stjamesbr.org


Overview

In fifth grade, we focus on developing personal responsibility, organizational and problem solving skills, leadership skills and building independent thinkers. Fifth grade is filled with many hands-on activities, projects and field trips. Our students are over-prepared for middle school when they graduate.

Experiences To Look Forward To

  • Greek Gods and Goddesses Project
  • Annual Trip to Houston
  • Star on the Daily Broadcast 
     

Room Mom & Dad

  •  Liz Noland
  • Heather Schuber
  • Lisa Winchester

Grade Level Rep

Nicole Tarleton


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English and Language Arts:

  • Through a novel-based curriculum, students will enjoy a variety of literary genres and develop reading skills such as comprehension, inferences, sequence, cause and effect, and summarizing. 
  • Students will engage in shared reading, independent reading, and literature circles.  Class novels include The Landry News, The Lightning Thief, Number the Stars, The Upstairs Room, Walk Two Moons, A Wrinkle in Time, and Hoot.  Each novel will involve specific areas of study, including the U.S. Constitution, Greek mythology, World War II, Poetry, Drama and will incorporate some area of technology. 
  • Students will independently read several books of their choosing each quarter within a variety of genres.
  • ​Students will understand the rules of grammar and apply those rules in speaking and writing. 
  • They will learn to recognize the parts of speech and use proper capitalization and punctuation, including commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, semi-colons, and end punctuation. 
  • Fifth grade students will engage in all modes of writing during Writer’s Workshop, including persuasive, descriptive, expository, and narrative writing.   

Mathematics:

  • Topis covered in fifth grade include: 
    • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    • Ratio, Proportions and Probability
    • Geometric Figures and Concepts
    • Perimeter, Area, Circumference and Volume
    • Measurement, Data and Graphs
    • Pre-Algebra

Social Science:

  • Fifth graders will study American history, including colonial America, and the Revolutionary War, World War II, and Louisiana. 
  • Students will use and understand maps and globes through use of Daily Geography.  This will include reading different types of maps, latitude and longitude, and directional terms. 
  • Students will also study the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and their importance to us as American citizens.  
  • Primary areas of focus in the fifth grade social studies curriculum include note taking and study skills that will benefit students in the lifelong learning process.  
  • Science topics covered in fifth grade include:
    • Rotation of the Earth
    • Flight
    • Sink and Float - Buoyancy
    • Sound, Tone and Pitch
    • Wetlands
    • Disappearing LA Coast and other Impacts from Erosion
    • Environmental Impact of Oil Spills

Art:

  • The art room is a hub of creativity. All lessons begin with an artist study or study of a technique or style. Then students create work in that style.  Students work in a variety of mediums including tempera paint, watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and clay.
  • In younger grades, students spend time practicing their fine motor skills in cutting, drawing, and painting with large brushes.  As students grow, they begin fine tuning their work by adding creative details and using more sophisticated tools to express their art.  Over time, students are able to begin focusing on the elements of art and learn specific techniques.
  • The goal of the art program is to instill life-long knowledge, skills, and techniques that can be built upon in developing a true sense of appreciation for art for years to come.

Christian Education:

  • Our Christian Education program meets with all students once per week. During class the children learn about the liturgy, Sacraments, prayer, bible verses, and much more! Our lessons follow the liturgical calendar of the church. Monthly we focus on a different virtue such as thankfulness, truthfulness, kindness, and patience. The Guidance Counselor and I collaborate on these virtues so that the students learn about them from a Christian perspective and a social perspective.
  • Our Christian Education program is designed so that the Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students receive a basic introduction into the topics covered all the way through 5th Grade but every year we build upon what is previously learned. 
  • Our lessons follow the Liturgical Calendar and include prayers, Parables of Jesus, parts of the Bible/Bible navigation, Miracles of Jesus, and Old Testament study. We also focus on one virtue per month and the School Counselor and I collaborate so that she teaches it from a social perspective and I teach it from a Christian perspective. 
  • Here at St. James we are fortunate to have technology as an added resource in our classrooms. Students are able to use their iPads to enhance the covered topics along with using a hard copy bible to locate and read bible verses by book, chapter and verse. 3rd-5th Graders use technology to research and create projects using Apps such as iMovie, Sock Puppets,and Thinglink to teach their classmates and younger students about a specific bible story or subject.

Guidance:

  • The school counseling program cultivates and encourages the academic, personal/social, and career development of each child, as well as supports every students’ unique gifts through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling.
  • The Guidance curriculum works in conjunction with the Christian Education curriculum to teach monthly virtues to the students. These virtues are part of the program “Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue”. The guidance aspect of these lessons focuses on the social aspect behind each virtue. Some of the virtues that are covered are goodness, tolerance, perseverance, and thankfulness, among many others.
  • 4th and 5th grade students continue to build on their understanding of tolerance, kindness, respect, goal-setting, and bullying prevention. Students are encouraged to be creative and think outside-of-the-box by creating skits and songs as a culminating lesson at the end of each unit. These performances are recorded on their iPads, and iMovie is used to further enhance their message. These movies are shown to younger grades to bring a student teaching perspective to the virtues they are learning.
  • 5th Grade students, who are our “seniors”, also do special lessons regarding the legacy they want to leave after their time at St. James in complete. Students create individual legacies as well as a class legacy they would like to be remembered as during their time here. Throughout the year, the 5th grade teachers and school counselor discuss the students’ progress and decide if they are living up to their legacy. It is a great accountability tool for the students!

Library:

  • The library is a dynamic, exciting place for exploration, reading, thinking, learning, creating, growing, showcasing student work, and coding on the iPad. The library strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, parents and faculty by ensuring a balanced, up-to-date collection of print and non-print resources are available for in-school and home use. Our library follows the professional standards of the American Library Association (ALA) for library instruction and collection development.

Music:

  • Music at St. James Episcopal Day School is to provide our students with an opportunity to create and respond to music expressively.  They will experience a variety of musical styles and genres through performance, technology, imitation and movement in the classroom.  Children are taught the basics of music theory along with the works of great composers. It is our hope that they will discover the value and enjoyment of music.
  • 5th Grade will:
    • Explore the influence of music on society and culture
    • Distinguish between major and minor modes
    • Explore music associated with different decades
    • Be able to read a lead sheet
    • Practice singing correct notes and their values

Physical Education:

  • Physical Education is more than recess and a time to play. It is a time for learning. One of my primary goals as a physical educator at St. James is to teach every child how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime.  Our physical education program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that teach children how to be physically active in ways that foster creativity and self-expression, increase physical competence and self-esteem, and promote joy through lifelong physical activity.   
  • Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of body management, locomotor movement, manipulative skills, and rhythms/dance experiences. These units are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child in a safe learning environment.  
  • We provide experiences that encourage children to question, integrate, analyze, communicate, and apply cognitive concepts.  
  • Activities are taught throughout the year that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, thereby fostering an understanding of themselves and the acceptance of others.  
  • On-going fitness assessments are used to help children understand, enjoy, improve, and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.  
  • Class activities designed for maximum student participation, success, and fun.

Spanish:

  • The Spanish program exposes our students to a world language, providing them with basic receptive and expressive language skills needed to communicate in Spanish as well as respect for other cultures. Physical response activities are used for the students to listen to and carry out spoken commands in a safe and fun environment, where the students feel free to take risks and participate.
  • Fifth grade students learn to express feelings and states of emotion and to use personal pronouns and verbs. They create some fun projects like "My Family" and "The Restaurant," and they perform in the Spanish Movie.

STEM:

  • STEM Education at St. James Episcopal Day School is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content of skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. St. James students will participate in STEM activities that are inquiry-based, that involve teamwork, and that involve collaboration. 
  • Upper elementary classes will cover topics, such as the properties of magnets, ecosystems, weather and climate, forces and interactions, earth's systems, energy, the structure and properties of matter, and space systems. 
  • In each unit, the students will conduct a short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of a topic. 
  • The students will be actively engaged in the engineering process. Constructing explanations and designing solutions in 3-5 builds on K-2 experiences and progresses to the use of evidence in constructing explanations that specify variables that describe or predict phenomena. 
  • iPads and a 3D printer will be used to enhance the study of engineering. iPads will be used to teach CAD programs, such as "Makerbot Printshop" and "123D Design."

Art:

  • Fifth graders have been very busy in the studio. First, they showed their knowledge of line variety and positive & negative space using oil pastels. Next, in conjunction with their Native American Social Studies unit, they created Kachina Dolls, and finally they created a self portrait collage using painters’ tape.

Christian Education:

  • Students began this nine weeks with a review of the procedures to serve as an Acolyte, Reader, or Usher for our Day School services. We reviewed stories from the Old Testament and began a unit on Apostles vs. Disciples. The students are taking an in-depth look at each of the Twelve Apostles.

Guidance:

  • In fifth grade, the students and I read the short story "Whatever", which is about a fifth grade boy who has forgotten how to express his feelings. He learns throughout the story that it is ok to share how he’s feeling with people he is close to, like his parents, and that it is always best to talk about your feelings instead of keeping them bottled up. When the story was over, the students were separated into groups to perform feelings raps. The students filmed their raps on their iPads and edited them in iMovie to share with the class. They did such a great job! If you would like to see their raps, they will be available on their Schoology app under the "Guidance" tab.

Library:

  • If a student in fifth grade wishes to swap out their library book before their assigned class time they are always welcome to come to the library from 7:50-8:10 a.m. each morning. If I am not with a class during recess, the library is available for student use. Parents of fith graders, please be on the look out for information on how to keep track of your child’s reading progress through "AR Home Connect." The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students learned how to access the "Destiny OPAC" system to locate materials in the library. I would like to encourage all students to check out the link pelicanlibrary.follettdestiny.com to search for St. James Episcopal Day School library books at any time.

  • All of our students were wowed by the wonderful library update! We are so blessed to have such a fresh and renewed facility. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the remodeled library please do so soon! Please mark your calendars for the book fair November 12-17, 2017.  

Music:

  • Fifth graders have been learning about rhythms using "Chrome Music Lab." We also learned about the Beatles and their music. It was fun contrasting the differences between “Here comes the Sun” and “Surfin USA” by the Beach Boys. We have been reviewing some of our classical music that we have learned in the lower grades.

Physical Education:

  • Fifth grade started the year working on sportsmanship and teamwork; learning how to communicate and cooperate together to complete various small and large group challenges. Our first skill unit was on striking and the importance of the "ready position" to improve hand eye coordination, reaction time, and agility while playing "Fitness Four Square."

  • Recently, students have been completing a pre-assessment for the Fitnessgram, a national based health-related test of muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and cardio-respiratory endurance. When the pre-test is completed, students will go through a goal-setting and planning process to improve their fitness levels. Post-tests will be done in the spring. Our new heartrate monitors and "Bring Your Parent to P.E. Week" have been the highlights for the first nine weeks.

Spanish:

  • Fifth grade is learning the uses and conjugation of the Verb “SER” (to be). They made a "Puppet Edu" presentation describing members of their family, and a Keynote presentation about a Spanish Speaking Country.

STEM:

  • Our fifth grade classes were so excited to use the "Sky View" app during their visit inside the Star Lab. They were amazed at how fun and informative it was. The students enjoyed learning how hurricanes are formed, and each engineering group designed a new beach-house prototype that was tested against high wind speeds using a fan.

Art:

Fifth Graders learned basics of photography and took shots around our campus. After becoming familiar with using the iPad camera, Jeannie Frey Rhodes was able to visit and talk about portrait photography. Students enjoyed taking “headshots” of each other for the art show. Students also are enjoying creating textured Wisemen for their Christmas art.

Christian Education:

Fifth Students began the Nine Weeks with a lesson on Apostles vs. Disciples. The children learned about each of the 12 disciples, their shields, feast days, etc. We discussed All Saint’s Day, the book of Psalms, reviewed the Liturgical Calendar, the season of Advent, Advent wreaths, and the Nativity.

Guidance:

Fifth grade students rewrote the lyrics to the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” after listening to the updated version of the song by Jack Johnson. In Johnson’s version, Rudolph stands up for himself when the reindeer make fun of him. It is a very different ending than the original, but an ending that is very though-provoking! Many students don’t like the song the first time they hear it because it’s different, but like it much more the second time they listen to it. After a discussion about the change of the lyrics at the end, the students wrote their own ending to the song, with the same theme of standing up for themselves and others when people are mean. It is so fun to see their creativity come through during these assignments!

Library:

Students in fifth grade participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week, December 4-10. They learned what a QR code is and how to read one using the ipad. The students were given a bookmark that highlights programs that will allow them to practice this exciting language not just at school but anywhere they have access to a device and  the internet. Parents are encouraged to try coding too! Visit https://hourofcode.com/us to learn more. 

There were 71 second through fifth students, who were invited to the firstnine weeks reading celebration. The students learned how to make slime just in time for Halloween. The next celebration will take place in January. The goal for all of our students is consistent daily reading!

Music:

The students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have have spent most of their time in music learning the songs for Christmas musical “Sheep, Shepherds and a Savior”.  Each student is given a folder with the  music and we are  learning the finer points of music reading as we prepare for the program.  The students have done a fabulous job. 

Physical Education:

Fifth graders have been working on throwing for power. The critical elements of how to overhand throw was reviewed and practiced over several weeks. The hardest critical element to master has been to step with the opposite foot. We are now putting our skill to the test by playing a fun and dynamic game called Tchoukball that involves teams throwing and catching against two nets.  

They have also been finishing up their first semester Fitnessgram testing. Scores will be handed out to each student when we come back to school after the holidays. Based on their scores students will develop fitness goals and a “action plan” in January. A post-test will be conducted at the end of the year to see if they reached their goal!

Spanish:

Fifth grade learned the uses and conjugations of the verb ESTAR. They took pictures representing prepositions and created a Keynote presentation. They made a Green Screen Movie representing their feelings.

STEM:

Mrs. Castille’s fifth grade science classes enjoyed learning about force and motion during the second nine weeks. Mrs. Feduccia had them to perform an experiment where they created a zip line and used a straw, tape, and a balloon to observe force and motion. They really enjoyed this activity. Mrs. Feduccia taught them that solar energy is a radiant light and heat from the sun that is harnessed using a solar panel. We were blessed to have professors from the LSU department of engineering to bring solar materials to St. James and to work with the fifth grade classes on solar energy. The students were excited to go outside to harness the sun’s energy. Our fifth graders participated in the Hour of Code week. The classes learned that swift playground now offers a program that allows students to program the robots Dash, Sphere spark, and the Parrot Mamba drone. The fifth graders learned how to create a mixture using flour, salt, and water. They worked in their fifth grade social studies groups to create an artifact out of salt dough. Their designs were amazing!