Hello! My name is Pete Ortiz and I am blessed to be teaching at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. My current homeroom teaching assignment is 5th Grade.
At my grade level, there are certain curricular highlights every year.
In Religion class you can count on concentrated studies of each of the Seven Sacraments. We take an in-depth look at each of the Sacraments, as well as the Beatitudes, God’s Word, and the different seasons within the Liturgical Year.
Math curriculum for Grade 5 highlights are: developing fluency in addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions, converting fractions to mixed numbers, converting fractions to decimals, working with the full range of decimal operations, converting decimals to percent, and developing an understanding of volume. Students will be able to analyze data and graphs, and reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Reading and Language development at this grade level is sure to include a great mix of informational text along with fictional novels to peak the students’ interests! Some of the skills we will be focusing on in 5th grade will be: identifying themes, accurately quoting evidence from a text, determining point of view and how that can affect the story, drawing inferences from a text, identifying the main idea and details of a passage or novel, and being able to create connections between what they are reading to other books, themselves, and the world around them.
5th grade science lessons will emphasize such concepts as earth’s major systems and how they interact, the structure and properties of matter, the solar system, and energy in organisms and ecosystems. We also do several hands-on activities, including those that help us learn about the scientific method.
Social Studies curriculum at this grade level focuses on key concepts such as the Age of Exploration, Imperialism in the New World, the 13 Colonies, and the American Revolution.
There is so much to learn and do in Grade 5. Every year also takes us on its own special journey. There are many traditional events and a few surprises. In the past, our curriculum has led us to such activities as Holes Day, Career Day, Walk Through the American Revolution, and a trip to Riley’s Farm to reenact life in the 13 Colonies.
Come by our campus and I can tell you even more about Grade 5!