5th Grade

October 2022

Quote of the Month. . .

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King

Book of the Month…

We are Water Protectors,

by Carole Lindstrom.


The Themes for October are

Kindness and Speaking Up for What is Right.


The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus for October is goal setting: setting a goal, making a plan, tracking your progress, changing your plan if necessary, and reflecting on your goals.

For more information about October's themes, click here.


In reading…     

     This month we will be reading/exploring reading genres.  Students will identify the two major genres, fiction and nonfiction.  Then, we will dive deeper and study subgenres. Some examples are realistic fiction, historical fiction, biographies and historical texts.  Students will also write responses on the books read.

     By the end of the month all students will have their reading levels and resources to help them while reading those levels independently.

     Be sure to have active conversations with your child about their reading.  Ask them, “What are you reading?, “What is happening in the book?, “What genre is the book?” and “What is the sub-genre?”


In writing…

     Based on the books they read, the students will write a book review. In this unit the students will do the following: 

  1. Brainstorm ideas and choose a text to write about

  2. Making a plan (outline for book review)

  3. Draft step by step using our model and checklist

  4. Publish their work

     Most of the writing will be completed in class, but there may be times they will work on it at home.

     You can help your child by asking them about their writing.  Ask them, “What book did you choose to write a review?”, “What genre is the book? How do you know?”, and “Did you read over your writing for capitalization, punctuation and spelling?”

In Art…

     Fifth graders will be learning about American artist, Georgia O’Keefe while basing an artwork after her painting “Autumn Leaves, Lake George 1924”.   They will be exploring the principles of design: unity and variety, as they draw detailed fall leaves and arrange them into an image of falling leaves.


In technology we are learning how to log into our chromebooks and use our G Suite accounts. We will also be learning how to create a slideshow using google slides.

In Health and Gym…

Students are reviewing gross motor skill activities in fun exercise stations.


In Music…

Fifth graders are exploring composition and vocal performance.   We will also be exploring song structure and different musical genres, from hip-hop to classical.   As this month is 'Rocktober,' we will emphasize rock history.

Upcoming Dates

  • October 5  School Closed (Yom Kippur)  
  • October 10 School Closed ( Columbus/Indigenous Day) 

  • October 11  PTA Holiday Sale Begins 

  • October 17 and 18  PTA Picture Days

  • October 21 PS 230 Hoe Down 

  • October 25  5th Grade Parent Meeting:  Middle School!
  • October 31  Character Day Parade 

Middle School

The Deadline to submit your Middle School Application in myschools.com is December 1

Do you know what schools you want to apply to?

Use the Middle School Choice page to help you research schools.


If you have questions, speak to Mr. Scrubb, PS 230 Guidance Counselor

or Ms. Jill Reinier, PS 230 Parent Coordinator