Dear Families,

We hope that your summer was filled with time spent creating new memories and engaging in new learning opportunities. We are excited to partner with you as we collaborate to ensure a successful academic year for your child and family.

It is our goal to ensure that every student feels valued and appreciated. This year we hope to create a classroom environment that is warm and welcoming, one in which students feel confident enough to take risks, explore new ideas, push each other’s thinking, grapple with difficult questions and engage in productive struggle as part of the everyday learning process.

We will push our students to find the power that lives within their voice, develop their advocacy skills and develop their sense of autonomy and agency that will prepare them to successfully navigate the world around them. We are committed to providing a robust curriculum that will support the development of your child’s skills and content knowledge to ensure that they are well prepared to demonstrate their readiness for life beyond the classroom and contribute to their community and the world in ways that have a lasting impact.

We are eager to join with you as our partners in this work and welcome any feedback and support you can provide us as we work together to ensure the success of your child during this school year. In addition, we welcome questions you may have about resources you may need as we navigate this school year together.

We look forward to meeting with you during our “Back to School Night” which will be held Wednesday September 13th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m..

Throughout the course of the school year, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us via e-mail or phone using either of the following methods:

E-mail: Ms. Allen –

Ms. Michael –

Phone:  (718) 574-2381 (please leave your name, the best phone number to reach you at and the best time to reach you).

In partnership,

Mrs. Allen & Ms. Michael


5th Grade School Supply List 2017-2018:

-Wide-Ruled Composition Notebooks (minimum of 7)
-Double Pocket Folders (minimum of 6)
-No. 2 pencils (mechanical pencils not allowed)
-Black or Blue Ink Pens (gel pens/ colored pens not allowed)
-Highlighters (minimum 1 pk.)
-Index cards (minimum of 1 pk.)
-Pencil Sharpener
-Pencil Case
-Glue Sticks
-Post-It notes (minimum 4 pks.)
-Ruler (for use at home)
-Wide-Ruled Looseleaf paper (minimum of 2 pks.)
-Plain White Copy paper (minimum of 1 pk.)
-Graph paper (minimum of 1 pk.)
-Hand Sanitizer




Unit I Module A : Depending On Each Other

Vocabulary: Claimed , Experiment , Species, Ecosystems, Biomes, Wry , Baffled, Deflated , Marvel,Vernal , Extinct , Careens , Straggle, Welling, Dwindled,  Feebly, Inherited , Query, Sinister, Murky, Gestures,  pleading, Interfere , Lurches , Clenches,  Trudges, Treading , Skitter , Exasperated , Wheedle, Undergrowth 


Common core shifts 3,4,5: Staircase of complexity, writing from sources and text based answers.

Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.1,Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.2,Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.3,Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.



In Ready Gen, during the week of 9/18 , students will continue to read the anchor text, Night of the Spadefoot Toads written by Bill Harley. They will be  comparing and contrasting settings and characters in the text. As they read,  students use various scaffolds and discussions to promote deep understanding of the narrative.Please encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes nightly.