5th Grade News

Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. Millonzi, and Mr. Springer

Friday, November 22, 2019

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

"Be present for all things and thankful for all things."

-Maya Angelou

Our Learning


Our second unit of study has come to a completion in literacy. Our focus was on relationships and what impacts our relationships. The students have held many deep and impactful conversations about our relationships. LDGs are finishing up as well and the kids have loved the selections.

In writing, the students worked on informational articles. We discussed the difference between narrative and informational texts and how they are structured differently. They were able to select a topic of interest to them and write an article informing the reader about their topic. They turned out beautifully. Ask your student to show you their piece of writing. They are very proud of what they were able to create.


Students are in the final stages of studying the various models for division. Fifth grades are extending their learning from dividing with whole numbers to dividing with decimals.

Learning Expectations

  • I can solve whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division.

  • I can illustrate and explain division calculations by using equations, rectangular arrays and/or area models.

  • I can multiply and divide decimals to hundredths using models or drawings and strategies based on place value and properties of operations. Relate strategies to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

At fifth grade the standard algorithm for division is not a common core standard that needs be mastered, but with students using the partial quotient models it is a easier transition for students to be able to use the standard algorithm.


Dividing with Decimals

Base Ten Blocks video

Area Model video

Partial Quotients

Unit 2 Family letter

We will begin Unit 3 before Thanksgiving break. This unit will focus on writing and interpreting numerical expressions.

Unit 3 Family Letter

Social Studies

We are currently working on our Geography unit. This unit's focus is on learning about different types of maps and learning the location of each of our 50 states along with knowing their capitals.

Six Flags Reading Program

Six Flags Reading Program

For completing 6 hours of reading outside of school time, students in kindergarten through grade 5 are eligible to earn a free ticket for Six Flags Great America. The Six Flags reading program has changed to eReading and families will need to go online, enter the classroom code and then keep track of their children's reading minutes electronically. A reading log for you to use to keep track of your reader's progress has been sent home this week. if you choose to have your child(ren) participate in this program, please use your child's classroom code which is linked below.

Your child may begin reading and recording his/her reading minutes any time! Completed reading logs are due by Friday, April 16th.

Please note: Six Flags does not allow 4K students to participate in this program.

Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Krahn, Rose Glen's coordinator for Read to Succeed.

#970-2451 or bkrahn@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Burmeister's Info.

Mrs. Millonzi's Info.

Mr. Springer's Info

Differentiated Math Work

Please remind your student to do some of their differentiated work which can be done at school or at home. The expectations are to do 2 to 3 lessons a week.

School Counselor, Mrs. Edwards

Every month, Mrs. Edwards, our school counselor, comes in to each of the fifth grade classes. This month the School Counseling Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) lesson addresses the subject of Internet Safety and how to be a good digital citizen.


Remember the Dates

Tuesday, November 26th - End of 1st Trimester

Wednesday, November 27th - No School

Thursday, November 28th - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 29th - No School

Tuesday, December 3rd - 3rd Grade Concert and Showcase

Wednesday, December 4th - 4th Grade Concert and Showcase

Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1st - No School - Holiday Break

Contact Information

Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Nancy Burmeister - nburmeis@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Joelle Millonzi - jmillonzi@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Darrin Springer - dspringer@waukesha.k12.wi.us