Mrs. Stillman's 5th Grade Blog-January 18, 2019

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

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Please join us for a special Mass on January 22 to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.


This week we began reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. This historical fiction 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.

In class this upcoming week students will work on a map of Northern Europe during World War II and see how Denmark’s location gave little chance of escaping Nazi occupation; as well as most European countries that were occupied. We will continue to study the war’s effect, as we move on in our novel.

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

Reading Logs due Tuesday.


A number of very well thought out experiments explain g different aspects of the sphere. We probably have a few more days working on studying our spheres and then we will start on presentation of the sphere to the class.

Social Studies

The tribes of the Northwest Coast and Arctic will continue to be our focus this week. We are learning about the Kwakiutl Tribe (ask your 5th grader for pronunciation help!) and the importance of the Totem Pole as a means of storytelling. The students will be creating their own stories and Totem Poles this week. They will be writing a narrative story telling about the raising of their pole and the story behind their carvings. Thank you to all of those who sent in paper towel tubes. They will be put to good use! We will look at the regions of Canada for Daily Geography this week.


The test for chapter 5 will continue on Tuesday. Most students needed a few more minutes in order to complete the test and several students were not in school Friday. Next up, we continue to work with fractions by adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. In addition, we will add and subtract mixed numbers. We will then explore circle graphs with fractions.

Language Arts/Writing

This week we will begin the vocabulary unit 8. The pages will be due on January 30 followed by the test on January 31.

In Grammar, we continue to explore Be verbs and Helping verbs. This week we will look at was and were.

We have been exploring 8 techniques that can be used when writing an persuasive paragraph. We will now move into the rough draft of our persuasive paragraph regarding bubble gum!

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Creating S.A.F.E. posters with our Buddies.



This week we will finish our project regarding matrimony. It was fun to look at all the young couples!

In addition, we will explore this week’s Gospel in our Venture magazine: Jesus is God’s Spirit-Filled Prophet.

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