• Fifth Grade Memory Challenges 

    Paul Revere’s Ride
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    Listen my children and you shall hear

    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;

    Hardly a man is now alive

    Who remembers that famous day and year.


    He said to his friend, "If the British march

    By land or sea from the town to-night,

    Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch

    Of the North Church tower as a signal light,

    One if by land, and two if by sea;

    And I on the opposite shore will be,

    Ready to ride and spread the alarm

    Through every Middlesex village and farm,

    For the country folk to be up and to arm.”


    You know the rest. In the books you have read

    How the British Regulars fired and fled,

    How the farmers gave them ball for ball,

    From behind each fence and farmyard wall,

    Chasing the redcoats down the lane,

    Then crossing the fields to emerge again

    Under the trees at the turn of the road,

    And only pausing to fire and load.


    So through the night rode Paul Revere;

    And so through the night went his cry of alarm

    To every Middlesex village and farm,

    A cry of defiance, and not of fear,

    A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,

    And a word that shall echo for evermore!

    For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,

    Through all our history, to the last,

    In the hour of darkness and peril and need,

    The people will waken and listen to hear

    The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,

    And the midnight message of Paul Revere.



    The Declaration of Independence


    When, in the course of human events,

    It becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands

    which have connected them with another,

    and to assume among the powers of the earth,

    the separate and equal station to which

    the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,

    a decent respect to the opinions of mankind

    requires that they should declare the causes

    which impel them to  the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident,

    that all men are created equal,

    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,

    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


    Don't Quit


    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

    When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

    When the funds are low and the debts are high,

    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

    When care is pressing you down a bit,

    Rest, if you must—but don’t you quit.


    Success is failure turned inside out ---

    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

    And you never can tell how close you are,

    It may be near when it seems afar;

    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit --

    It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.


    Unknown Author


    Eighteen Flavors

    by Shel Silverstein


    Eighteen luscious, scrumptious flavors –

    Chocolate, lime, and cherry, coffee, pumpkin,

    Fudge-banana, caramel cream, and boysenberry,

    Rocky road and toasted almond, butterscotch,

    Vanilla dip, butter brickle, apple ripple, coconut and

    Mocha chip, brandy peach and lemon custard,

    Each scoop lovely, smooth and round,

    Tallest ice cream cone in town,

    Lying there (sniff) on the ground.       


    50 States and Capitals

    Students must be able to locate the state on a map and identify the correct capital.  State and capital must be spelled correctly - 95% for 50/50 Award and 70% to pass. 


    Alabama - Montgomery                          Nevada - Carson City

    Alaska - Juneau                                       New Hampshire - Concord

    Arizona - Phoenix                                    New Jersey - Trenton

    Arkansas - Little Rock                            New Mexico - Santa Fe

    California - Sacramento                          New York - Albany

    Colorado - Denver                                   North Carolina - Raleigh

    Connecticut - Hartford                            North Dakota - Bismarck

    Delaware - Dover                                     Ohio - Columbus

    Florida -Tallahassee                                Oklahoma - Oklahoma City

    Georgia - Atlanta                                     Oregon - Salem

    Hawaii - Honolulu                                    Pennsylvania - Harrisburg

    Idaho - Boise                                             Rhode Island - Providence

    Illinois - Springfield                                 South Carolina - Columbia

    Indiana - Indianapolis                             South Dakota - Pierre

    Iowa - Des Moines                                   Tennessee - Nashville

    Kansas –Topeka                                      Texas - Austin

    Kentucky - Frankfort                              Utah - Salt Lake City

    Louisiana - Baton Rouge                         Vermont - Montpelier

    Maine - Augusta                                      Virginia - Richmond

    Maryland - Annapolis                              Washington - Olympia

    Massachusetts -Boston                            West Virginia - Charleston

    Michigan - Lansing                                  Wisconsin - Madison

    Minnesota - St. Paul                                 Wyoming - Cheyenne

    Mississippi -  Jackson  

    Missouri - Jefferson City

    Montana – Helena                         

    Nebraska - Lincoln