Fifth grade is an exciting and rigorous academic year to prepare students for the transition to middle school. Here is a glimpse of what we will work on broken down by subject area. To read more about the specific learning targets covered, click on "5th Grade Learning Targets" below.
In reading, students will continue to work on fluency and comprehension
skills. An emphasis will be placed on making deeper meaning from text,
developing skills to infer and make connections with the reading.
The focus in writing will be to use the writing process to develop
skills in development of ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word
choice, creating a strong voice, and conventions.
In the area of mathematics, students will focus in five areas: Algebra, Geometry, Number & Quantity, and Statistics & Probability. Students will work not
only to solve problems, but explain strategies and thinking.
We will learn about Space and
using the scientific method to conduct experiments, analyze data, and
Social Studies: Students will learn about the history and geography of the United States; how to interpret, construct, and labels maps; the relationship between the regions of the United States, and how where people choose to live/settle impacts how they work, play, and interact.
South Portland School district is committed to help students develop as
Quality Producers, Critical Thinkers, Lifelong Learners, Effective
Communicators, Involved Citizens and Collaborative Workers. The development of productive work habits and strong social skills is important,
therefore students will practice and be assessed in these areas. We will focus on establishing strong habits of work and practice using 21st Century Skills.
- Mrs. Maxwell's Fifth Grade Class
- I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.