Mrs. Stillman's 5th Grade Blog-September 6, 2019

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The fifth grade class is rolling right along with the new school year. We will be hosting the Intermediate back to school orientation night next Monday, September 9 from 6:30-7:30. The school schedule for orientation is the following:

5:30-6:30pm Grades 1-3

6:30-7:30pm Grades 4-5

7:30-8:30pm Grades 6-8

For grades 4-5, parents should meet in their student’s homeroom at 6:30 for a 20 minute orientation. Parents will then proceed to the other classrooms for 10 minute sessions.

The September Virtue of the Month is Faith. Our focus this month is raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer. We will be participating in the G9 Coin Collection. Each homeroom will be collecting all types of coins. The grade that collects the largest amount will earn a pizza. party. Please begin sending in your spare change on Monday. The competition runs through the end of the month.


Welcome back parents! Last week we spent a lot of time going over fiction and non-fiction story elements and text features. Students also worked on a fiction genre booklet. We will create a non-fiction booklet later this year. We read a few nonfiction stories in Storyworks Magazine and began our first story in Journey’s, a humorous fiction selection.

This week we will read a Play A Royal Mystery and practice expression and elements of drama. They will then read a fairy tale and analyze the themes. By the weeks end we should begin our first class novel Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

There will not be a reading log this year. Students are expected to read at home as much as last year. They will be accountable for their outside reading in how they use it in class and the books they list in their reader’s notebook as well as our conversations.

I expect them to have a chapter book they are reading in school every day. They can bring one back and forth from home or keep one here as they read another at home. I look forward to a GREAT YEAR! I love the books we will be reading as a class and how the days will be structured, with more time to free read and make gains in their reading fluency!

Social Studies

We are ready to roll in Social Studies! These past two weeks have given us the opportunity to get organized and into our daily routine for Social Studies class. We have completed our first Presidential Challenge and found the first Where Am I destination. We will be reviewing the states and capitals this week. After a quick chromebook review, many kiddos actually remembered more than they thought they would! We will start our Daily Geography this week as well. The Daily Geography topic is reviewing parts of a map. Here we go!


We have started to look at the building blocks of all living matter, the cell.


We began the year reviewing prime and composite numbers. In addition, we performed prime factorization to composite numbers and learned how to express the answer with exponents. This week we will continue with exponents by learning how to multiply and divide with base ten exponents. Lastly, we will begin to take a look at solving equations with variables.

Language Arts/Writing

Last week we had our first spelling test which reviewed the short vowel patterns. This week we will begin the vocabulary unit 1. The workbook pages will be due on Thursday with the test on Friday.

Each day the students participate in DOL (Daily Oral Language). The students are given two sentences a day to correct. Then during the vocabulary or spelling test, they are given two sentences as part of the test. Two sentences are selected from the eight that were covered in class. The students practice the corrections in a spiral notebook and can use this notebook for test review.

This week, we will take a look at the four types of sentences and review subjects and verbs. In addition, the students will review the structure of a paragraph.


We were introduced to our K5 buddies from Mrs. Gonzalez’s class. They will be joining us for Mass next week.


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