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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


95 Westminster Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-521-0110
Fax: 860-561-1492

Kristi Laverty, Principal 

About Fifth Grade

Homework In 5th Grade      

  • 45 to 60 minutes (does not include test study or ongoing projects/reports)
  • Independent practice for presented concepts
  • Students are responsible for incomplete or missing assignments



  • Mornings – Do not arrive before 8:20, after 8:40 students are tardy
  • Lunch – 11:00-11:30
  • Recess – 11:30-12:00 – wear appropriate clothing
  • Check in at office if tardy or coming in after school.
  • After school – Notes for change in standard plan.

Parent Support In 5th Grade

  • Help with class events
  • Chaperone field trips

Field Studies

  • Historical Society
  • Noah Webster House
  • Outdoor Adventure: Teamwork & Problem solving; Embracing change and adventure
  • Outreach Science Labs


Language Arts


Coming Up In Fifth Grade


Unit 1: Comparing Story Elements (comparing two or more characters, settings or events within a story or drama, point of view, narrative writing, preparing for discussions)


Unit 2: What’s It All About? (Multiple main ideas, using reasons to support a point, informative writing following discussion rules)


Unit 3: Colonization (integrating information from multiple sources, expository & opinion writing, short research projects and note-taking)


Unit 4: The Great Debate (analyzing multiple accounts of an event or topic, content vocabulary, text structure, opinion writing, expanding on another’s ideas in discussions)


Unit 5: Theme & Author’s Language (theme, character response to challenges, summary, illustrations, narrative writing)


Unit 6. The Butler Did It! ( Comparing books in a genre, such as mystery & adventures, point of view, poetry, opinion writing , reviewing others’ comments in a discussion)



  • Creating a Community of Writers
  • Narrative
  • Informational
  • Opinion


  • Grammar                                                         
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary


Units we cover


Beginning of year: Creating a Community of mathematicians


Unit 1: What’s the Point of Place Value? (Place value and decimals as well as computation with decimals)


Unit 2: Operation computation (Numerical expressions, order of operations)


Unit 3: Fraction Fundamentals (conceptual development and addition & subtraction of fractions) 


Unit 4: Fill ‘er Up! (Volume) 


Unit 5: Fraction Action (Multiplication of fractions and fractions as division/application using line plots)  


Unit 6: Figure It Out and Plot It (Classification of 2 dimensional figures and coordinate planes)


Unit 7: Splitting Hairs (Division with unit fractions and whole numbers)





Algebraic Operations

  • Write and interpret numerical expressions
  • Analyze patterns and relationships

Numbers and operations in base 10

  • Understand the place value system
  • Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to the hundredth


  • Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions
  • Apply and extend previous understandings to multiply and divide fractions

Measurement and Data

  • Convert like measurement units with a given measurement system
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication

Science and Health


Tools to Enhance our Vision

  • Lenses 
  • Cameras
  • Microscopes
  • Magnifying lenses


  • Nutrition
  • Internet Safety
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Human Growth & Development

Physical Science

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism

Earth Science

  • Earth, Sun, Moon relationship

Scientific Process and Attitude

  • Observe
  • Classify
  • Hypothesize
  • Experiment

Social Studies



  • Constitution 
  • Branches of government
  • Exploration
  • Colonization 
  • Maps
  • Globes
  • Graphs
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Second Step
   Current Affairs
  • Local, state, national and global

Links and Resouces

  • Colonial Williamsburg is one of the best history sites around. Besides having a great colonial history section, their multimedia area is overflowing with tremendously useful and engaging tools and resources. This area of their website contain a daily jigsaw puzzle, webcams from Williamsburg, today in history, and blogs. There is a download section with wallpaper, screen savers, and even ringtones. Students can learn about life in Williamsburg with their collection of videos, podcasts, and their audio section. Finally, you can send a greeting from their e-postcard section. When visiting the Colonial Williamsburg website, be sure to stop by their multimedia section and enjoy all it has to offer.

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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