May 27 No School (Memorial Day)
June 5 No late start; school starts at 8 AM
June 7 Last Day of School (dismiss at 1:30)
If you know your child is going to be absent, please send a note, call, or email Paula in the school office to let us know. With adequate notice, we are happy to gather materials to help students stay caught up during absences.
The fifth-grade teachers want parents and students to know that your input is very valuable. If you ever become concerned about the safety or well-being of your child or another child for any reason, please reach out to us. We must work together to keep our kids safe! You may contact Mr. Stock (Counselor), Mr. Albers (Principal), or any 5th-grade teacher by phone or email any time you feel there is something happening we should be aware of. We are also inviting parents (in addition to students) to use our online anonymous reporting form. Completing this form sends an automatic text to Mr. Stock and Mr. Albers. You can use the following link or you can find the Safe School Reporting Form on our school website and our 5th grade Weebly page: Safe School Reporting Form
Math 5-This week we began wrapping up our unit on numerical patterns and relationships. Your student was given a study guide that covers both this unit and the previous unit on the coordinate grid. They will be assessed on their knowledge of these concepts on Tuesday, May 21.
Hybrid Math- In math this week we continued working with positive and negative numbers. We’ll continue this into next week as well with some practice multiplying and dividing.
From Mr. Amundson:
Social Studies: We finished up with our unit 14, The Constitution, this week. Finished up the week previewing unit 15, The Bill of Rights, which we will be continuing through next week.
Reading/Language: This week we continued with our guided reading groups. Groups will be finishing up with their novels towards the end of next week. Started sharing their cause and effect google slides with their peers. We also continued weekly writing routines. Keep reading +20 minutes from GFB each night, and return to school each day.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week we have been learning about our earth, rock layers, and caves.
Language: We have continued practicing the art of conversation. We continue with daily and weekly language routines of DLR, daily writing, and word work.
Reading: We are watching a movie that aligns with one of our historical fiction books, Number the Stars. Students should read 20+ minutes each night from their independent reading (IR) book. This book should travel back and forth from home to school each day.
Fun photos of our class in action!
From Mr. Peterson:
Science. We are starting a unit that explores why Decorah has so many springs and how limestone caves form. We have chemical and physical evidence that limestone was once seashells and we are working on explaining how water and flow underground. Our trip to the cave fit in with this unit.
Reading/Writing. We are conducting a close reading of a very complex wordless picture book, THE ARRIVAL, and beginning to explore what it means to leave home from the point of view of those who leave. And, we’re using a delightful alphabet book for older readers, Once Upon an Alphabet, to craft very short, alliterative stories. The stories are really funny.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies: This week, in between special activities, we started a short unit on the Bill of Rights. We’ll have a quiz on this unit Friday, May 24.
Language: We are completing a unit on the Parts of Speech and how the words function in sentences. Each class period, we start off with a daily proofreading activity and Daily Writing. Students get the new word work packet at the beginning and have a spelling/vocabulary test at the end of each week.