35 School Street • Ramsey, NJ 07446

Welcome to Mrs. Costanzo's Fifth Grade Humanities Class


I am excited to partner with Mrs. Wissell for science and math this year, and to co-teach part of the day with Mrs. Spadaccini!


Fifth grade is filled with amazing learning experiences. Students work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems and to connect their learning to the real world. Our goals are consistent in each content area - to think deeply, work hard, be self-directed, and to become truly independent.  Students work to reach their goals in an inquiry-based environment, where they acquire knowledge, create meaning, and successfully transfer their learning.


I hope to foster a love of learning and to create an environment where students feel welcomed and challenged. A big part of student success lies in a solid partnership between home and school.  Please feel free to contact me at ncostanzo@ramsey.k12.nj.us if you have any questions or concerns.  Together, we can make this a wonderful year!


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."   -William Butler Yeats


Unit Updates - March

Reading -  Students are reading nonfiction text and are working on identifying point of view, and on recognizing the importance of reading multiple texts on a topic to be well informed.  As the month progresses, we will continue to focus on perspective as we read like researchers, searching for evidence to support an opinion.  Within this work, we will identify signposts in nonfiction reading, employing strategies to understand main idea, quoted words, numbers and statistics, and extreme and absolute language.   As students read, they are pulled to work on specific strategies and instruction is differentiated according to individual needs and goals. Homework is consistent throughout the year and students are expected to read 40 minutes each night.


Writing -  Students are formulating opinions on topics of choice, and they will create a written piece that supports these opinions with reasons and evidence.  They will develop a thesis statement, and will try to implement various writing strategies in their attempt to persuade an audience.  Their research in reading will provide the evidence they need to make their arguments strong.  Instruction is differentiated according to individual needs and goals.  As always, the focus is on process, and the goal is to transfer what they learn when they write independently.


Social Studies - This month brings us to the end of our unit on Ancient Egypt.  As a culminating performance task, students will research an artifact from this ancient civilization and will craft a story that synthesizes the information we have learned about geography, belief systems, leadership, and advancements in Ancient Egypt. Students will take on the role of various social scientists and will ask questions relating to the big ideas we have covered, connecting these ideas to their artifacts through story.


Upcoming Dates
 March 2 - Read Across America Day
March 3 - Spirit Day
March 16 - Grade 5 Trip to Smith for Band Concert
March 27 - Staff Development Day - no school
March 29 - Cliff Sunflower Assembly
March 31 - Trimester 2 Progress Reports Posted 
April 6 - Field Trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art