Mrs. Stillman's 5th Grade Blog-September 13, 2019

Monday September 16 is week 2 drawing for the magazine sale!!

Monday September 16 is week 2 drawing for the magazine sale!!

Next Monday is homeroom class picture day. In addition, Friday, September 20 is an 11:30 dismissal.

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.

Cal had a special ride to school today!!

Cal had a special ride to school today!!


Friday we began Matilda, by Roald Dahl. We will work on vocabulary along the way. Much of this novel will be read aloud. There will be some class time to complete a chapter. If I expect kids to finish reading it at home, it will be indicated in their assignment notebook. They will at times be assessed for this outside reading, so it is important they read it at home when it is marked as an assignment.

Skills this week with Matilda will be discussing theme, comparing and contrasting, cause and effect and figurative language. This book (any book by Roald Dahl) thrives on figurative language!

Reminder: 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.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we will continue to review states and capitals. Students are working on maps of the five regions in their interactive notebooks. Within those regions they are labeling each state and capital. We took two days last week to talk about the events of September 11th. The students read several passages, each from a different point of view. We then talked about whether the passage would be considered a primary or secondary source. All good things to consider when talking about world events. Daily Geography this week we will be reviewing lines of the globe-axis, equator, latitude, longitude, prime meridian and the poles. Ask your student if they correctly guessed the president this week!


We are doing a little research on human cells. Of the 200ish cells in the human body, we are trying to get a glimpse of what these cells do.


We have been using Order of Operations to solve complex equations. In addition, the students were introduced to the concept of negative numbers. Next up, we will begin to take a look at solving equations with variables. Lastly, we will explore the definition of area and apply the concept to rectangles using a formula.

Language Arts/Writing

This week we will take a break from vocabulary and spelling in order to dive into writing. We will continue with DOL each morning, but there will not be a quiz this week.

In Grammar, we will review complete and simple subjects and predicates.

In writing, we will begin exploring seven different types of topic sentences.


This week we had the challenge of taking our K5 buddies to Mass. Next week, they will meet up with us to learn about why we genuflect.

We have begun session 1 in our book, God Creates Us. We will finish up this session this week and learn about the doxology prayer. Lastly, we will take a look at the Gospel in our Venture magazine: Jesus teaches us about serving God.

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