5th Grade Team Page

“If your wings are your own, they say, you can never soar too high.”

– Bill Kloefkorn


5th Grade at Kloefkorn Elementary School is an exciting year!  Students will be experiencing an engaging curriculum while also learning to prepare for the middle school environment.  We will participate in many different field trips to enrich our curriculum.   Students will have the opportunity to take a leadership role at Kloefkorn School by having a  partnership with Kindergarten Buddies.  Buddies will meet once a month to work collaboratively on learning projects.  Finally, students have the opportunity to participate in band, strings, and chorus.


Specials Rotation:

Riley: P.E., Music, Art, Computer Science

Schutte: Art, Computer Science, P.E., Music

Van Gelder: Music, Art, Computer Science, P.E.

Curriculum Overview

Language Arts:

We use the  McGraw-Hill Wonders in Language Arts.

Reading Units: Eureka! I’ve Got It, Taking the Next Step, Getting From Here to There, It’s Up to You, What’s Next?, Linked In

Spelling: Students will take a pretest of 25 words on the first day of the week, with a post test on the last day of the week.  Each student takes an individualized test based on skill level.

Writing Genres: Descriptive Paragraph and Poetry, Personal Narrative/Memoir, Personal Essay, National Park Research

MathHoughton Mifflin math website

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals

Addition and Subtraction of Integers

Data analysis, probability, and measurement


Unit Studies:

Social Studies Units: Tribal Nations, European Exploration, Colonial Heritage, Stories of Americans Who Worked for Freedom and Equality

Science Units: Rocks and Minerals, Scientific Investigations, Chemistry, Water and Wetlands

Health Units: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Emotional, Family, and Social Health; Nutrition; Growth and Development

Student Expectations

Students are expected to be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible


Students are responsible for organizing and caring for their own supplies.  Students will also be responsible for tracking given assignments in their daily planner.  Planners are expected to be signed by an adult every night for the first quarter.


Students will be expected to complete homework on a daily basis.  All of the assignments written in the students’ planners are homework.  Additionally, students can always personal read, practice math facts, and practice spelling words.

Goal Setting

This year in 5th grade students will be working on setting personal goals in addition to meeting 5th Grade S.M.A.R.T. Goals.


August 15 – First day of 5th grade!

August 15-17 – PLC Schedule (Dismiss @ 1:33)

August 24 – Saltdogs Field Trip

August 30 – PLC Early Release

September 5 – No School/Labor Day

September 27 – PLC Early Release

October 11 & 13 – Parent Teacher Conferences

October 14 – No School/End of Quarter 1





Links for Home Practice

Algebraic Expressions

Balancing Equations

Ordering Numbers

Math Education Place

Fruit Splat – Decimals to Fractions