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


Iowa Standardized testing continues this week. Students are still encouraged to have a book, water bottle and if they didn’t give it up for Lent, some gum or candy to have while taking the tests. Continue to pray for the 3rd, 5th and 7th graders as they finish up their tests this week!

We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 15 with an Irish Dancing assembly. It is also a casual green dress day.

Report cards will be going home on March 15. Please sign and return the envelope. The report card is yours to keep.


Book Report work in class all week. Final drafts only will be completed at home.

Kids can choose to write or type their final pieces. They will also present their posters. Look on the homework site for the due date once we make that determination based on how long the rough draft work takes. We are practicing every piece together using our historical novel Number the Stars as a guide before they write their own piece. Monday will be dedicated to IOWA testing for reading , so we will miss a class work day.


This week will present the food chains and then we will Go from animals to mechanics, We will look at designing and building Robots to start and then we will start programming.

Social Studies

The 5th graders did a fantastic job on their Native American booklets! The next two weeks we will be looking at the Age of Exploration, also known as the Age of Discovery. This unit will cover why European countries explored the rest of the world in search of land, goods and trading partners. This first week we will be looking at European Explorers. And since we’re all a little tired from losing an hour of sleep, Daily Geography will focus on TIme Zones.


The students will be taking the math Iowa tests on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Monday and Friday, we will have regular math class where we will continue to evaluate the relationship between percentages, fractions, decimals, and ratios. This week we will take a look at calculating the percentage of whole numbers and how to determine equivalent percent from a fraction in real life applications.

Language Arts/Writing

This trimester we will be starting Daily Oral Language. The students will take a few minutes at the beginning of each Language Arts class to make corrections to sentences on the Smartboard.

We are also starting Unit 9 in our Vocabulary books. The book pages are due on Wednesday with the text on Thursday.


Last week we started looking through our mini-magazine titled ‘What We Do in Lent’. Based on what we are reading as well as our class discussions, we will create a guide that will answer the questions What is Lent? and How is Lent different? We will look at the important days during Lent as well as do some Bible searches looking for passages about Lent. During our Lenten journeys, I have asked the kids to think about not only what they might be giving up, but also think about ways that they can show kindness. We came up with some really great ideas! The students will do some reflective writing as well.

Students are encouraged to bring in a rosary for our weekly decade of the rosary! This week we’ll meet in church at 11:15 and then head down to lunch. Adoration is also still on the weekly schedule. We go on Thursdays. We’d love to have you join us!

St. Monica School