5th Grade

Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Fifth grade is an exciting time when students continue to grow socially and academically. They become more independent as they prepare to move forward to middle school. Some of the exciting events we look forward to in fifth-grade: Camp Atwood outdoor educational trip; the annual play; Peace Day; Civil War Days; Kite Day; a mock trial; and various speakers.

Goals for subject areas are listed below:

Language Arts: 

We begin the year with a study of realistic fiction through group activities, guided reading, and literature circles. We also write a personal narrative. As the year progresses, we study themes, author’s purpose, influence of character and setting on plot, making connections, main idea and details, summarizing, visualizing, and drawing conclusions from text. We also study and analyze non-fiction. Our writing curriculum includes literature letters, memoirs, research papers, comparative essays, and poetry.


Our Envision Math program integrates technology and manipulatives into the Math program. Our year begins with number theory and multiplying/dividing whole numbers and decimals. We continue throughout the year with the order of expressions and simplifying expression, probability and statistics, fractions (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing), geometric shapes, solids and volume, measurement, analyzing and recording data, and graphing.

Social Studies: 

The fifth-grade focus is United States History from the early discoveries through the Civil War. We start the year with an introduction into Early North American Civilizations and a review of Native Americans. We then study the colonial period, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. We use a variety of hands on learning through technology, collaboration and field trips.


During fifth grade we introduce and utilize many forms of technology including Power Point, Prezi, Glogster, Kahoot and Google Drive tools.

My goal is to help students love learning and

begin developing leadership skills.


Elizabeth McGraw

Fifth Grade
B.S. in Elementary Education from Rockford University

Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with middle school endorsements from Rockford University. Since graduating, she has been working as a substitute teacher and long-term teacher at Poplar Grove Elementary School. Elizabeth’s primary goal is to push her students to the highest levels of academic excellence. She believes that educating a child is one of the greatest honors and responsibilities one can be given. She wants to give her students the tools to think critically and contribute to the world around them to truly develop their thriving young minds. She attempts to make academic work challenging through real world connections. A challenging work environment can be expected in her classroom. In her free time, she is an avid fitness advocate, and teaches classes at local fitness centers. She enjoys being active and takes as many classes as she can to improve personal talents and skills.

Email: elizabeth.mcgraw@keithschool.net

5th Grade 6 Day Schedule