Spelling words: week of 10/24 - 10/28

Halloween Spelling list


  1. ghost
  2. skeleton
  3. pumpkin
  4. Halloween
  5. haunted
  6. creature
  7. terrifying
  8. eerie
  9. fright
  10. Frankenstein

October in 5B


This month we will be spending two weeks on the Journeys Lesson 6 story, "Quest for the Tree Kangaroo". During the first week we will follow the regular weekly pattern, but on Friday October 7th the students will begin working on creating short presentations about an animal from the endangered species list. This short project will be primarily completed in class.

We will read one more story from the Journeys textbook before beginning a brief literature unit on Frankenstein. We will be reading an adapted version of Mary Shelley's novel the week before Halloween. While the student's love the Halloween tie-in, the book has great messages about compassion and empathy.


THe Pronouns Unit will continue through mid November. Anticipate daily assignments.



Our next unit, Explorers, will cover many of the famous European explorers of the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. As of right now, plan for the Explorers unit test to be on Monday October 31st. A study guide will come home about 1 week before the test.



Thank you for continuing to assist with the Saint Museum at home. Please let me know if you have any questions over the assignment page sent home with the timeline.



September 2016 News


We have been creating Nouns Notes in class this month. These notes will be extremely useful in completing homework and on the open book/ open note test later this month. Watch the agenda for an exact date for the Nouns test.


This first short week we will be working on a MINI-in class project over fairy tale adaptations. The assignment page and rubric can be found under the documents tab on this page. We will be using Lessons 3,4, and 5 in the Journeys series to finish out the month.


Each week that we have a Journeys story, we will use the corresponding Spelling and Vocab words. Lists will go home the Friday before and can also be found under the documents tab on this page.


Students will be working on writing rough drafts of the SuperHero 5 paragraph essay this week and parent editing will be due no later than Monday September 12th. We will be typing these papers in class and the final copy will be due by Friday September 16th. Saint Museum information should be coming home the week of September 12th!

Social Studies:

We are continuing our study of native people of the Americas. This week we will be covering Native American creation stories. Next week (September 12 - 16) we will discuss the Maya of Central America. The following two week we will cover the Aztecs of Central America and the Inca of South America. A study guide will be given next week which we will fill out together in class as we learn the information.

Fairy Tale Adaptation Project

Need help coming up with a classic Fairy Tale to base your project on? Look here:


Lost your rubric? Look under the documents tab.

5th Grade Info - Back to School

Welcome Back to school everyone! I'm so excited about all of the wonderful, fun things we are going to learn and do this year in 5th grade. Please read the agenda daily for assignment updates - please note that assignments will be marked with a checkmark and in-class work will be marked with a no symbol. Please read below for useful information about each of the subjects that I teach.



Spelling tests will be given every Friday. The words used will be the same as the weekly vocabulary words that go with our Journeys story for the week. Vocabulary test will be multiple choice. I will send home new lists on Fridays. You can also find the words under the documents tab on this page. 



We will be using the Journeys textbook for the first quarter. Students will use a variety of activities and assignments throughout the week to familiarize themselves with the story. Tests will be Friday and open-book.



We will be using the Voyages textbook daily. Students will have 10-15 minutes of classtime to work on homework assignments to allow them an opportunity to ask questions and clarify the lesson. Tests will be open book.



Writing will be done mostly in class in 5th grade. I will ask for help when it comes to final editing of papers but I will send home specific guidelines to follow and the rubric I will be using to grade the paper. Thank you for taking the time to support what we are doing in class by sitting down with your child and helping them edit their paper.


Social Studies:

Each class will have Social Studies 3 times per week. I use a variety of ways to teach the history of North America - some textbook use, lots of pictures, stories, video clips, articles, etc. The kids are looking forward to finally (finally!) getting to dive into learning history! 

Welcome Back 2016

I can't wait to see everyone on the first day of school! I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Mrs. Holding