Mrs. Boettinger's 5th Grade Blog-January 11, 2019

A reminder that next Monday, January 21 there is no school in order to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

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Last week students worked on a Journey’s unit, a historical fiction text titled Rachel’s Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl. They worked on analyzing/evaluating, first-person point of view, and cause and effect.

This week we begin a new novel, Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry begins this week. This historical fiction b novel is a Newbery medal winner. It takes place in Denmark in 1943, while the country was taken over by Nazi Germany. Annemarie Johansen and her family live in the same apartment building as their good friends, the Rosens. As the Nazis begin to carry out their goal of “relocation” for Jews, plans for escape must be made quickly. Throughout this unit students will be given background information and we will explore the book through classroom discussions and activities.

Skills: Prefixes, how they change meaning. Using context to find meaning of a prefix.

Figurative Language - Focus on simile, metaphor, and hyperbole. We will continue to chart and have mini lessons on various forms of figurative language throughout the school year.


The groups are working on their individual spheres, hydro, geo,, bio., This week we are doing experiments for their spheres and will continue some research to find a sphere problems.

Social Studies

Last week our focus was on the Native American tribes that lived in the Southwest region. Students read from their textbooks and worked in their notebooks creating a map of the tribes as well as a vocabulary flip book. We also watched a short film about Pueblos. Daily Geography examined the major waterways of the United States. Washington was the state for the geography challenge. This week we will be looking at the tribes of the Northwest Coast. To go along with that, the Daily Geography will look at a physical map of Canada.

The students also took the qualifying test for the upcoming school Geography Bee. They will find out early this week if they qualified. I will send a separate email with information about the state and national Geography Bee, including dates and requirements.


We continue to work with fractions by converting Decimals to Fractions and Fractions to Decimals. We will also review Ordering Fractions. This Thursday we will have a pretest on Chapter 5 with a Test on Friday. Next up will be Multiplying and Dividing Fractions.

Language Arts/Writing

The spelling list is made up of homophones this week. The words will be sent home on Monday in their assignment notebooks. Spelling sentences are due on Thursday, 1/17. The test will be on Friday,1/18.

In Grammar we will be completing the last lesson in Unit 1, Correcting Fragments and Run-On Sentences. The plan is to take the unit test in Grammar on Wednesday 1/15.


Congrats to our 5th grade class and K5 buddies. We all earned a dress down pass for our Courtessty virtue poster. Hope you had a chance to see it on the SMS Instagram site. So proud of the kids and their gifts of courtesy. The virtue we are focusing on this month is Fortitude.

We will spend some time this week looking at The Apostle’s Creed.. The Seven Sacraments will be our next unit of focus.

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