5th Grade (and 7th Grade Social Studies)

5th Grade: (see 7th Grade at bottom of page)

Daily Homework / Assessments:

General News:

  • Thank you for attending conferences! We can still set one up for next week, if desired.
  • Walking field trip to the Carleton Arb: Friday, Oct. 27th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to learn about native and non native species for science. What do humans do to benefit or harm our environment through the introduction of native and non native species?

Other Information:

  • “Early adolescence begins around the age of 11, and this brings along its own challenges.” If you are seeking some answers to why your child’s behaviors are changing, check out this Parent Toolkit with a TON of information and resources on typical 5th grade social-emotional development.


5th Grade Math:

Mrs. Beumer’s contact: loribeumer@schoolofstdominic.org

6th Grade Math:

Mrs. Helgeson’s contact: kellihelgeson@schoolofstdominic.org

See Mrs. Helgeson in the morning if you need help.


  • 5th Grade Reading Challenge.
  • Reading Comprehension Skill: Character development and plot
  • Writing Genre/Skill: Personal Narrative
  • Words Their Way: see letter below

Dear Parents,

Please practice sorts with your 5th grader Monday-Thursday nights.

Here is a video of a good overview of the program and sorting words.

Monday: Sort the words (your child should say the words aloud as they sort and explain why the words are sorted in a particular way)

Tuesday: Blind Sort <–Click on video link or read these directions:

Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud, one by one. For each word, your child must indicate where the word goes without looking at the word. Lay the word down and let your child move it under the correct heading. Repeat if your child makes more than one error.)

WednesdayWriting Sort <–Click on video link or read these directions:

As your child picks out words in random order, they will write each word in its categories. Check their work and repeat any words that your child misspells a second or third time.

Thursday: Blind Writing Sort <–Click on video link or read these directions:

As you call out the words in random order, your child will write them in categories. Check their work and repeat any words that your child misspells a second or third time.

Friday: Test

Students will be given 10 random words from their sort to be tested on. If a student receives less than 80% on a test, they will retake the test on the following Monday and must receive at least 80% before moving onto the next sort.

Extra Credit: Word Hunt

Your child will look in a book that he/she is reading for words that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Find at least two for each category.


  • Essential Question: How do humans impact our environment?
  • Topics: native vs. nonnative species

Social Studies:

  • Essential Question: What was the land and life like before European settlers?
  • Topics: Native Americans Pre-European colonization


  • Walk by Faith: Reverence
  • Pray in times of struggle and give thanks in times of joy!

7th Grade Social Studies:

  • This Day in U.S. History project: FINAL drafts due Monday, Oct. 23rd.
  • The American Civil War: What divided our country? Is our country divided today? In what ways? What causes a civil war? What are the results? How do countries reunite?