Fifth Grade News

February 2016

Fritz Happenings

2/19 - Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2/22 - 2/26 - Jump Rope for Heart

2/24 - Spirit Day - Wear Plaid!

2/24 - Early Dismissal at 1:15

2/25 - All Pro Parents Breakfast - Last Names A-L

2/26 - All Pro Parents Breakfast - Last Names M-Z

Writing and Grammar

Fifth graders enjoyed a lesson about the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After the lesson, each group worked collaboratively to create the quilts and mosaics displayed in the pictures. The students were very proud of the work they did together. If you are in the building, please try to walk by and admire their work.

We are approaching the end of the 2nd trimester (March 2nd). That means another district writing assessment. Our focus has been on opinion/argument writing. Students are currently working on a piece in class where they will have the opportunity to conference and receive feedback. The assessment will take place the last week of February.


We have been covering measurement, geometry, volume, and decimals in math this month. Your child may have told you about our student teacher, Miss Winslow. She will be teaching with me until March 11. She is enjoying working with your children and they seem to enjoy having a different teacher in our classroom.

As a reminder, your child can work on our math program, Success Maker, and our math facts program, XtraMath, at home. They sign on with the same user name and password that they would use at school.


In reading class, students have been focusing on types of text evidence, such as eyewitness accounts and expert opinion. We have been analyzing non-fiction texts and identifying the different types of evidence. It has been fun to listen to the students voice their opinion about what we are reading and whether or not they agree with the author. Moving forward we will continue to focus on text evidence and add summarizing and paraphrasing to our learning.

Ms. Diehl and I also began to incorporated Study Island into the kiddo’s day to help practice and revisit reading and grammar skills. Each Tuesday and Thursday students work on a session, and are encouraged to use their reading and grammar notebooks to help them practice purposefully and correctly. This type of assignment is awesome PSSA prep as well!

Some of the kids have finished their forty book challenge and are setting new goals to end the year! Please continue to encourage your child to take some time to read at home, and I will continue to help them find books they love!