Mrs. Boettinger's 5th Grade Blog-February 8, 2019

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What a crazy two weeks, and I’m not just talking about the weather! The 5th graders have done a great job of dealing with quite a few substitute teachers in and out of the classroom. After a rough bout with the flu and pneumonia, I jokingly reintroduced myself to them. I would much rather be teaching! So, we are finally all back on the same page and ready to dig in! But I’m continuing to remind them to keep covering those coughs and sneezes and washing hands. This flu does not mess around! Looking forward to a productive and healthy week for all.

Just a reminder, Thursday, February 14th is a Valentine’s themed dress down day. We will be celebrating with a little party that afternoon. As a class we liked the idea of each student bringing in a little something to share, whether that is in the form of a Valentines or other treat is up to the student. Let me know if there are questions. Enjoy the long weekend!

Reminder: There is no school February 15 and February 18 due to teacher In-service days.


This week we will complete our novel, Number the Stars. Upon completing we will discuss the themes and complete a plot diagram of the story. We will also chart the difference between reality and fiction in this historical fiction novel. The kids loved this book and were so engaged throughout the unit, I don’t want it to end! I hope it keeps them excited about Historical Fiction and all the learning opportunities this genre brings!

Book Report: This Monday your child may have chosen a historical fiction book to read independently for our next in class report. We have already been to the library and looked at lists of good books of this genre. Please make sure they bring the parent and student signed form back Monday. Although they have a month to read their book, many of these books are longer and they may need to get started right away in order to make the March 6th deadline. I appreciate your help in keeping them on track with their reading. This will be their only reading homework this month, so I expect them to read nightly.


The sphere presentations were very well done and another example of why text books are being left behind. Many of the groups looking at the same spheres came back with different and interesting information on their sphere. I found pieces of information in almost every presentation that was new to me and added to my sphere knowledge or sphere of knowledge. I am trying to figure out how to send the presentations home this next week. Next week we will work on a Mars biosphere. Hopefully this one works better than Biosphere 2.

Social Studies

The students are continuing to work on their Totem Poles and narrative stories. We will finish out the Native American Unit by looking at the tribes of the Arctic. We are back to Geography Challenge as well as Daily Geography which will focus on the Arctic Tundra.


We continue to work with fractions. and have moved into multiplying and dividing fractions. The students will be challenged to not only perform the operations accuracy, but also understand what is happening when we multiply and divide fractions. In addition, we will review the process of cross canceling or reducing before we perform the operations.

On Tuesday February 12, all 5th grader will be taking their 2nd STAR test in math.

Language Arts/Writing

It is a Spelling week. Lesson 9 will focus on compound words. The list contains words both with and without hyphens. The list will be in assignment notebooks on Monday. There is no school on Friday, February 15th, so the Spelling test will take place on Thursday, February 14th. It will be given with extra love. :)

The students created a Diamente Poem. This is a fun way to get them thinking about parts of speech and putting them together in a creative shape. I have them hanging in the hallway, come in and take a look!


We are continuing to look at the sacrament of Baptism. To help us recognize the importance of Baptism within our Church community, the 5th graders made cards that will be given to the families of newly baptized church members here at St. Monica. They will be taking the Session 8 Quiz on Baptism on Tuesday, February 12th.

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