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Miss Caitlen Heitz, 5th Homeroom, 5th-6th Social Studies, 7th-8th Science, 5th ELA

Caitlin has been a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace since 2012. She grew up in Godfrey Illinois where she attended grade school at St. Ambrose and high school at Marquette Catholic. Catholic schools have been apart of her life for so long, she couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  She started her career at OLQP teaching Kindergarten and since moved to Middle School. In her free time, Caitlin likes spending time with her family, being outdoors and working on the family farm. 

Overview

5th grade students are introduced to many academic and spiritual areas of growth throughout the year, helping each child grow into a better Christian and fulfill their potential.

Religion

Each student attends Mass every Friday and every third Tuesday.  They addend a religion class every day learning more about the Bible, Jesus, Holy days, their prayers, and morality.

ELA (English Language Arts)

This is a comprehensive reading , English, and Spelling program that works with Common Core into helping each student become better readers, spellers, phonics, comprehensive skills, grammar, cause and effect-- all of the elements that make us better thinkers and readers and writers.

Math

Students will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers.  Percents, geometry, graphs, problem solving are also presented. Word problems are part of every day’s lesson.

Science 

We use a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt textbook to guide us through many Science topics. We cover some Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Science. Some topics we explore include Classification of Living Things, Ecosystems, Light and Sound, States of Matter and Newton’s Law’s of Motion. 

Social Studies

Students focus on three main countries; Egypt, Rome and Greece. Through interactive notes, technology and projects, students discover the past history of these countries. 

Religion

Students have the opportunity to attend mass every Friday and many opportunities throughout the school year to lead all-school prayers. Fifth graders learn about the mass, the Liturgical Year, and the sacraments.

Instructional Methodologies

Students will learn through lecture, small group discussion, individual work and class discussion.