John Cardinal O’Connor School

16 North Broadway 10533 Irvington, NY
Phone: 914-591-9330
JCOS Students and Teachers

5th Grade Curriculum



Areas of study include: An in-depth assessment of the Seven Sacraments, traditions of the Catholic Church, the importance of the celebration of Mass and the Eucharist.  Students will also participate in community service programs sponsored by the school.


Areas of study include: decoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, listening skills, QAR (Question-Answer Relationship), summarizing, elements of a story, making predictions, drawing conclusions, making inferences, main idea and cause and effect relationships.  A variety of teaching methods re implemented during reading instruction, including direct instruction, small/whole group instruction, and guided reading.  In addition, multisensory instruction is used as needed, through the use of Eileen Pearlman and Phyllis Bertin’s, Preventing Academic Failure. 


Areas of study include: Through the use of the Judith Hochman’s Basic Writing Skills, students will focus on the writing process, drafting, peer conferencing, editing, revising, and publishing.


Units of study include: number sense, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, probability, fractions, time, money and problem solving.


Units of study include: astronomy and the solar system, weather and climate, matter and energy, ecosystems and health and nutrition.


Areas of study include:  map skills, geography (including oceans, landforms, continents, hemispheres, latitude and longitude), regions of the United States, European explorers, early European settlements and colonization, the struggle for North America (French and Spanish involvement in North America), the American Revolution and the U.S. government.


  •  Homework will generally be assigned Monday – Thursday, any unfinished classwork can be assigned as “Friday” homework.
  • Students are required to make up any missing homework at recess and/or snack time.


  • Advance notice for quizzes, quests, and tests will be given as follows:
    • Quiz: 1-2 days in advance (*Pop Quizzes – ANYTIME!)
      • Quest: 2-4 days in advance
      • Test: at least one week’s notice


  • When your child is absent, a parent must notify the school the morning of the absence by 9:00 am.
  • Any homework/ classwork that a student misses due to a school absence will be placed in his/her class “mailbox”, along with any important notices, and can be reassigned for homework upon return to class.
  • For every 1 day of absence, the student has 1 day to make up the work (Ex: Absent Monday, work due in on Wednesday).