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Grade 5 - Mrs. Mitchell

Sally MitchellWelcome to Fifth Grade! My name is Sally Mitchell. I am looking forward to another great year teaching fifth grade. If you have any questions or concerns, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I teach Science to all fifth and sixth grade students. Before that, I was a Special Ed. Asst. / Instructional Asst. in Londonderry for five years. I have four children -- the oldest is also a teacher.

5M November Highlights

turkeyWow, we are already to begin the second quarter of the school year.  The students have been busy learning all sorts of things in Religion, Science, Math, Social Studies, and English.  They have led one Mass, met with our buddies in 2J for Vocation Day, and adjusted to having 4 different teachers everyday.

In Religion they have learned about our "common vocation" and about being part of God's family tree.  Next we will use Art to learn more about the Sacrament of Baptism.

The students have covered the first 7 Spelling lessons.  They have taken tests on the iPads, highlighted tests where they choose one word out of four (it helps with standardized testing), and the old fashioned way too.  This month Lessons 8, 9, 10, and a review will be covered.  Plesase make sure that your child is practicing on spellingcity.com.  It's great for practice and keyboarding.

We finished learning about the Classification System for living organisms.  We had two fun projects  to put into practice their recent knowledge.  They used a Dichotomous Key to classify "jelly beans".  It is a "sweet" learning tool.  Then they will identify a "new" organism using all the steps in the Classification System.  Check them out during conferences while you wait.  Next they will tackle the "Growth and Survival" of plants and animals. In particular physical structures of living things, adaptations of plants and animals, and life cycles of some animals. Then we will move on to cells and the Human Body Systems.

The sixth graders are still learning about "Earth's Structure". Right now they are leaning about Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics, and Volcanoes. Next we move to "Astronomy and Space Science".

The book report theme for November is Historical Fiction.  The rubric will go home the first week of the month and it is due on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.  In class we are reading short stories in the Reading Street series.  This week we are reading about a day "At The Beach". It deals with the consequences of lying.

Important dates to remember:

November 1-All Saints Day Mass at 9:15, 4T preparing

November 5- Daylight Savings Time begins (turn back your clock)

November 7- Voting Day-National and Student Council at St. Christopher, and Barnes and Noble Night

November 9- Report cards go home

November 10- Veteran's Day, NO school

November 14-Field trip to Boston Museum of Science

November 15 Report cards due back

November 16- Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 17- Annie Jr. at Nashua Catholic

November 21- Thanksgiving Prayer Service, Crazy Sock Day

November 22- No School- Day to prepare for Thanksgiving

November 23- Happy Thanksgiving

November 24- NO School (sleep in)

5M would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Mitchell, Johnny, Scarlett, Ava, Ben, Blayne, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Isabel, Emma, Alicia, Brayden, Gavin, Michaela, Mary, Karina, Siena, and Ryan



autumn_picWell we made it through our first month of school.  The students are still learning the routines of four teachers as they move from class to class.  They are getting into the routine of gathering their supplies for each class too. This month they will continue to perfect this routine.

In Science, they just completed their first test on Chapter 3.   This month they learned about the classification of organisms and why scientists  classify different animals, insects, and one celled orgainisms the way that they do.  One of the culminating activities for this unit is to classify jelly beans.  Always a fun way to learn how a dichotomous key works.  The sixth grade will be learning about the Earth and its structure, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes.


In Spelling we will start Lesson 5 and then we have the review of the first five lessons.  After that we will continue with Lessons 6 , 7, and 8.  Please have your child use spellingcity.com as a study aid since they have the majority of their tests on the iPads using spellingcity.com.


In Religion we will be exploring the meaning of vocations in our church.  This will lead us to Vocation Day which is on October 24.  5M will be leading the Mass that day so I hope you are able to join us for the 9:15 Mass.

The October bookreport, Mystery, is due on October 25. The rubric and directions will go home on Monday, October 2.  We will also be reading some of the stories in the anthology series Reading Street.









Some special days to remember:

October 6- First Quarter Progress Reports

October 9-Columbus Day no school

October 18- Picture Day

October 13- early release-12:30, no aftercare

October 24- Vocation Day- Mass at 9:15

October 31- Halloween- Free dress and party :)

If you have any questions don't forget to call or email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mrs. Mitchell




Welcome to 5M

Dear Families,

Hello, my name is Sally Mitchell.  I would like to welcome you and your child to the fifth grade. Let me tell you a little about our year ahead.

I will be your child’s teacher for Homeroom, Religion, Spelling, Reading, and Science.  Mrs. Emond teaches Math, Miss Wefers teaches Social Studies, and Mrs. Viola teaches English.

Different genres and styles of literature such as adventure, mystery, biography, plays, informational, etc. will be available to them through our literature series (Reading Street) and reading books. Reading consistently and often is how they will be successful readers.  They will need the tools necessary to comprehend all the genres and styles.  As adults, most of their reading and writing will be informational and I would like to help guide them on their journey towards learning.  Book reports will be a monthly project for them as part of their reading, this goes along with them reading for twenty minutes each night.   Some of the ways that you as parents can help are by reading with or to your child, writing notes to them and having them write back to you.  Having them see you read is also very important.  You are your child’s greatest role model.

Also, don't forget to get started on Number The Stars by Lois Lowry (summer reading).  We will be going over different parts of the book such as characters, plot, and setting in the first few days of school.

Don't forget spellingcity.com. When you get to the website find Teacher: Sally Mitchell, St. Christopher School, and then find the lesson you would like to review (look for Reading Street and the lesson number).

We will be covering many subjects in Science starting with a chapter about Classifying Organisms, Growth and Survival, Structure and Function of the human body, Ecosystems, and the Earth. We will also get ready for STEM Day in March by learning about the Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method.We will explore these different concepts by conducting experiments, reading, games, in school projects and at home projects, etc. They will work in groups in school or sometimes individually.  These concepts will also be reinforced with their homework.  We also will be using the science magazine "SuperScience" from Scholastic.  Fridays will become "SuperScience" day.

Religion will consist of learning more about the seven Sacraments, Holy Days and their connection to the Sacraments, how we can live like Jesus wants us to, and prayer in our lives.

They will need to adjust to the fifth grade and it usually takes until the end of the first quarter.  They will be moving between four classrooms for their core subjects.  They will need to learn to get organized and take all their supplies, homework, notebooks, and whatever else they need with them as they move about the classes.  Their backpacks may be heavy at the beginning of the year as they are tweaking their routines.  They may seem overwhelmed as they get used to their new schedules but as I said they will adjust to it.

The behavior that is expected is what you would want at home, respect for themselves, other children, and the adults in their lives.  I want them to put their best effort into everything they do, and be proud of their results when they have worked to their potential.

If you have any questions or problems you can call or email me at school ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and when time permits I will get back to you.

I look forward to our year ahead and getting to know your children as we enter our new adventure.



Mrs. Mitchell

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