Queens Explorers Magnet School For Global Conservation and Service Learning
90-07 101st Ave
Ozone Park, Ny 11416
Telephone    718-558-7088
Fax Number 718-558-7091

 Class 501 

Teacher: Ms. Stutz


 Class 502 

Teacher: Ms. Realmuto


Paraprofessional: Ms. Mauritsen


Teacher: Ms. Finnerty


Fifth Grade Happenings

ELA: This month, we will continue our unit on the Renaissance.  We will study the geography of the time period, learning about the influence of three important Italian cities in the growth and rebirth of Ancient Greek and Roman ideas, art, and science.  The students will also learn about important people of the Renaissance, studying artists, scientists, and playwright of the Renaissance, with a focus on their accomplishments and contribution to the rebirth of ancient ideas.

Math: We will be completing Module 3 in January and beginning Module 4! We are ending Module 3 with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Module 4 continues with fraction work. We will be working on multiplying and dividing fractions and whole numbers. We will then move into multiplying and dividing fractions and fractions. Lastly, we will put all of these skills together to work to complete fraction story problems! Remember to ALWAYS right the fraction in simplest form!

Reading: The students will continue in their Guided Reading groups, reading books aligned to their independent reading levels and discussing their books/texts with their classmates and teachers in small groups.  Students will work on a variety of skills, such as summarizing, character traits, and thinking beyond the text. Within ELA reteach, the students will work in small groups to complete various learning stations, practicing skills such as utilizing context clues, determining themes in fiction/nonfiction, writing coherent paragraphs and finding the main idea of a passage.

Writing: In writing, the students will continue working on narrative writing.  The students will write historical-fiction narrative stories, focused on the setting of the Renaissance.  We will use fictional stories about the Renaissance as anchor texts to model narrative writing techniques and moves.  The students will include various narrative features, such as dialogue, vivid language, figurative language, symbolism, and imagery.  Additionally, we will review the story mountain structure of narrative stories, considering the rising actions of their story, the development of the plot towards the climax, the lesson that the characters learn and falling action as the story wraps up at the end.


Important Dates:  

  • January 1, 2020 - No School

  • January 20, 2020 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 21, 2020 - NYC Aquarium Trip

  • February 4, 2020 - Museum of Math Trip

February 11, 2020 - SPARK Trip - Riddle of the Trilobites

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