Fifth Grade

Welcome to 5th Grade! 

Teacher Web Pages

Ms. Garelick

Mrs. Korenshtein

Homework Policy

Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. If a project or report is due the following week, your child may need the weekend to work on it. Assignments will be written on the board each day for students to copy into their Student Planners . Please check to see that your child is copying his/her homework, as well as completing each assignment. Students are responsible for all assignments. If your child is absent and you would like to request work, leave a message with the school secretary as early in the day as possible. Let me know whether to send work home with a sibling, neighbor, or if you will pick it up. Students will have a Homework Buddy to call if necessary.

Extra Help

Extra help will be provided two mornings a week, unless the teacher has morning duty. We will let the children know ahead of time and they will be invited in for extra help.


Your child will have two important folders:

  1. Daily Folder-Please check this folder each night. One side will have homework and the other will have important school or class notes/handouts.
  2. Friday Folder-Will only be sent home on Fridays and will include; tests, quizzes, projects, etc. Please sign the folder each week and attempt to make test corrections with your child. If there is content that both of you continue to question, please send it back (in the Friday Folder) with a note; and I will invite your child in for extra help.
  3. Email-You may also reach us through school email. Please be aware that we can only check this email account during certain times of the day; so please be patient with responses. In addition, feel free to email with concerns and/or questions regarding your child. Please include a time and number you can be reached.

Academic Policy

Grades will be based on an average of test scores, quizzes, writing assignments, homework, and projects. Class participation, class work, and overall attitude will also count toward a student's average. All tests are announced in advance, quizzes are unannounced, and reports/projects are long-term assignments, which will be completed at home with classroom planning and support.

Independent Reading

As part of the Common Core Reading Standard, all students are required to read a variety of genres, subjects, and authors. Although we will spend a block of time each day in reading, it is important for your child to read at home for at least 30 minutes a night. Students will receive a reading log that they will have to complete. You will sign off that it was completed. We will make recommendations for independent reading, based on the subjects or authors we are learning about in class. By fifth grade, students should have public library cards and they should be visiting the library often. We encourage students to read "just right" books that are appropriate for their reading level. It is even okay for children to struggle a little bit with their reading. This is how we all become better readers!

State Exams

As most of you are already aware, our students are being tested more and more. In addition to our district wide MAP test (given in the fall and the spring), fifth graders have two state exams: English Language Arts and Math (both given in the spring). We will spend a rigorous amount of time preparing the children for these exams. The difficult part is to make sure the children are being taught the curriculum, in conjunction with test prep strategies. We will do our best to infuse test preparation into our daily class work and homework.


It can be difficult for children to grow up in today's world. That is why we like to make our students aware of themselves and what is appropriate behavior for a fifth grader. When it comes to discipline, we like to provide students with opportunities to become aware of their actions so that a positive attitude may be developed. After our class creates a set of classroom rules, we will encourage positive behavior by rewarding students with class points, tokens for prizes, as well as verbal accolade. In addition, we will maintain communication with families through notes/memos and phone calls home. Please make us aware of successful strategies you use at home.

A Successful Year for Us!!!

We anticipate we will have a successful year full of hard work, learning, and fun. We are open to any questions or concerns you have. Please keep in touch with us either through notes, emails, or by calling the school. We are here to help your child in any way that can be made possible. Thank you for this opportunity to spend with your children.

English Language Arts - Grade 5


The New York State Education Department has established learning standards that are summarized in a series of documents that make up the Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy . The full text of the Common Core learning standards and accompanying appendices for English Language Arts and Literacy can be found at: Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy is also available through the English department page on the district's website.

Mathematics - Grade 5


The New York State Education Department has adopted a new set of learning standards that are summarized in a series of documents that make up the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics. The full text of the Common Core learning standards and accompanying appendices for Mathematics can be found at: The concepts along with the standards associated with them are posted on the school district website on the following link: These standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics. The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. They include:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  4. Model with mathematics
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically
  6. Attend to precision
  7. Look for and make use of structure
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Social Studies - Grade 5


Grade 5 Social Studies is based on the history and geography of the Western Hemisphere, including the development of cultures, civilizations, and empires; interaction between societies; and the comparison of the government and economic systems of modern nations. It also incorporates elements of archaeology. The course is divided into seven Key Ideas that cover a time span from prehistory into modern times.

Science - Grade 5


In accordance with the Common Core and New York State Science Learning Standards, the science program at each grade level promotes the processes of scientific inquiry to prepare students to participate fully in an ever-changing world. Students are given the opportunity to exercise their curiosity and questioning spirit. Inquiry is a critical component of the science program at all levels and in every domain of science. Scientific inquiry involves a variety of skills and information gathering and analysis. Using processing skills for science inquiry allow our students to demonstrate safety in science, use the scientific method to develop and test hypotheses, define control and variable in scientific investigations, use appropriate lab equipment for scientific investigation and communicate concepts learned through written, verbal, and constructed models.

Science Websites:

Math Websites:

Social Studies Websites:

Current Events:

Immigration Websites:

Angel Island: From 1910to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants:

US Immigration before 1965:

Arab Immigrants to America Are Part of Ellis Island History:

The Rush of Immigrants:

Interviews with Immigrants from different locations. You can select which region you wish to view:

America's first immigration center. You can search for a specific person in their database:

Search for a specific person in their database:

US History of Immigration:

Chart with the number of immigrants per country from 1820-present day:

A Historic Overview of Latino Immigration:

German Immigration to America: & catId=&documentId=GALE%7CCX3436800018 &userGroupName=gray02935&jsid=f6ef0c62ec142c368bfc2a12c90b49ea

English Language Arts:

Please visit
for information on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). - You will need to complete a free registration for this site with your email address. It will allow you to choose a grade level, a subject, and a skill. Read the article, answer the questions, and then check your own work (the answers are at the bottom). - Amazing site filled with grammar, writing, reading exercises.

Interdisciplinary Websites covering several subjects: (Sites for math and ELA test prep) (the username is Hicksville_6 and the password is brainpop )