Fifth Grade

TeacherYears Teaching
Ms. Marcia Carone
23

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree, with a dual certification in Childhood and Elementary Education from Edinboro University, and currently holds an Instructional II, Permanent Certification with the State of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Carone has continued to grow professionally, participating in graduate studies at both Gannon University and Edinboro University, and taking leadership roles through the Diocese, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and nationally recognized universities and organizations. She has served on both the Language Arts and Science Curriculum Committees for the Diocese of Erie, and as a past recipient of the Erie Reading Council Grant, Ms. Carone developed a Language Arts Thematic Unit on baseball for her fifth grade students. She has facilitated workshops in the Meadville and Erie areas, as well as in Harrisburg, at the University of Pittsburgh, and at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Ms. Carone was a Field Test Teacher in the development of the Birdsleuth Curriculum through Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology and has continued working with them to maintain and revise this program. Her students are familiar with this resource and have the opportunity to participate in the Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count each year under her guidance. 

In addition to these professional accomplishments, Ms. Carone enjoys reading, birding, and photography. She also enjoys spending time with her cats, all of which are rescues.

TeacherYears Teaching
Jeff Till2

Education: Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education concentration in Science and Social Studies and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction both from Gannon University.

Mr. Till enjoys teaching students about all the wonderful things that go along with science and attending basketball games. In the past he has worked with students in both the Diocesan Science Fair and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) with all students taking first in the Diocesan Science Fair and two students going on to PJAS states and taking first place as well. 

What We're Learning:

Students in fifth grade and sixth grade switch classes daily.

The Language Arts Curriculum for 5th & 6th Grades at Our Lady’s Christian School integrates reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking to create a balanced literacy approach to Language Arts. The balanced literacy approach provides students with opportunities to develop higher level thinking skills and challenges them to explore authentic literature that relates to reading, writing, and real life experiences.

In reading/ literature, students will read both stories and novels and investigate the 10 important elements of a story; setting, character, character attitude, major events, problem, 3 main events, solution, and conclusion. In order to interpret informational text students will employ the use of active reading strategies such as; Annotation of Text, Double Entry Journals, Outlining, Graphic Organizers, and T Chart tables. Students have created Interactive Notebooks that they will use to maintain their notes, and any important language arts handouts. Students are required to read 20 minutes a day and maintain a log of their reading. This log is maintained in their Reader/ Writer Workshop folder.

In vocabulary, students will follow a specific process for developing spelling and vocabulary skills by identifying words in context, defining words, researching synonyms, and using vocabulary words in original sentences. All vocabulary work will be kept in the students Interactive Notebook.

Students will also be engaged in various writing activities that enable them to develop and maintain their understanding of the writing process. The students have created a Writer Workshop Folder to house all writing activities. This folder stays in the classroom and serves as a portfolio of their writing progress throughout the year. The Diocese curriculum requires 3 formal writing prompt assessments each year. These assessments will occur in the Fall, Winter and Spring. The Spring Writing Assessment will be scored with prompts from all other schools in the Diocese of Erie.

In science, fifth grade students engage in an in-depth and hands-on study of topics in the Physical and Earth Science branches.  Students complete four science units, beginning with a study of Matter, moving into a unit on Energy, and then transitioning to an examination of Earth's Systems.  Students finish the year with a unit on Earth's Place in the Universe.  The Science Curriculum is designed to meet both the standards set by the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Erie and the nationally recognized Next Generation Science Standards.