Como Fifth Grade

  •  Student Engagement Survey 2019-20


    Our Teachers:

    Ms. Dudeck    Mr. Brown    Mrs. Halvorson

    Homework Routine

    Students are provided with a homework planner at the beginning of the year and are expected to use it on a daily basis to monitor their homework.  We are providing class support in completing that planner.

    Students are expected to read 40 pages or 40 minutes or more daily, at their own reading level. The amount of time and pages is determined by the teacher and verified with the student. They are expected to achieve a minimum of 2 AR points a week. In January we expect 3 AR points a week.

    Daily written work includes math practice from Everyday Math and supplimental materials. Weekly assignments in Accelerated Math, IXL, or other individualized math practice. The return of a signed "Friday Note" on Monday is considered part of homework.

    Parent / Teacher Communication
    Parent / Teacher communication is crucial to student success in fifth grade. Watch for "Friday Notes" (weekly half page reports which are signed by parents and returned.) 5th grade newsletter that goes out monthly.

    Field Trips

    We participate in several field trips each year that support science, social studies and the arts.  Field trips include Bdote, a day long field trip visiting several Native American sites in the Twin Cities, Belwin Nature Center, Camp St. Croix Overnight, Orchestra Hall Concert, and Big River Journey.  These field trips support our learning and provide exciting experiences for students to learn in new formats and situations.

    Student Leadership

    We believe students should have access to leadership experiences and have "practice" being leaders to develop their skills.  Our students are able to participate in morning announcements, video news, being sign holders at bussing and being school ambassadors for tours or visitors. 

    Art Contest

    Every year our students are able to participate in an art contest connected with our Big River Journey Field Trip.  We have had many art winners in the past 15 years of entering this contest.  Students are recognized at an awards event.  Their framed art work is displayed at various Parks facilities throughout Minnesota for five years.


A student uses a Smart Boards during a math lesson.
Hidden Falls

Fifth Grade Expectations

  • Reading:

    Students participate in leveled guided reading small groups.

    Students work towards proficiency on Common Core Reading Standards.

    Students read 100 AR points or more.

    Students receive additional reading support or challenge as needed.


    Students work towards proficiency on Minnesota State Math Standards.

    Students participate in a multifacited, balanced math program.

    Students receive additional help and challenge, as needed.


    Students participate in daily Writers' Workshop.

    Student work toward proficiency on Common Core Language Standards.