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: Rockford Rescue Mission food drive; Camp Timberlee outdoor educational trip; annual play; Peace Day; The Nutcracker; Kite Day; and various speakers.

Goals for each subject area are listed below:

Language Arts: 

We begin the year with a study of realistic fiction through group activities and guided reading. 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 new 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 started the year with a Native American Unit complete with research projects that involved plays, power points, posters, and speeches. We are looking forward to a mock trial (in a real court room!) and a Civil War presentation from the Vintage Museum.

My goal is to help each student work to his or her potential and beyond.


Renee Lozdoski

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

Mrs. Lozdoski is excited to join the Keith faculty as the Grade 5 teacher. She has teaching endorsements in elementary education, language arts, and business education. She has previously taught at a Rockford-area charter school. She has extensive experience designing instructional programs that are personalized to the learning styles of her students. She has served as a dance instructor, volunteered with the Girl Scouts, and has been an enrichment tutor. She enjoys reading, dancing, traveling, and family time.

Email: renee.lozdoski@keithschool.net

5th Grade 6 Day Schedule