Anchor's Away in 5th Grade!

Ms. Strobl's 5th Grade

Week of February 27 - March 3

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Upcoming Tests

Tuesday: ISTEP Math

Wednesday: ISTEP Language Arts

Thursday: ISTEP Language Arts

Friday: ISTEP Social Studies

In the classroom...

ISTEP Testing

ISTEP is upon us. We will begin testing on Tuesday and continue for the rest of the week. Please make sure your student is at school on time each day. Here are a few helpful tips to help your child do their best on the test:

  • Get a good night's sleep!
  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Encourage your child to do their best!


We are still reading My Brother Sam is Dead. We will also be finishing up our Literature Circle books this week. Students will then begin a final project for their book. This will be done in class with their Lit Circle group.

Language Arts

In English we will be finishing up pronouns. Our next unit will be adjectives.

We will take a break from writing this week due to ISTEP testing.


In Math, we will be doing some review and hitting some topics that gave us a little bit of difficulty earlier in the year. We will be working some in Study Island, some in IXL.

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies, we will be delving into the causes of the American Revolution. We will be reading about and discussing the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and many more topics. We will also begin watching Liberty's Kids. This is an educational cartoon series that follows two kids through the American Revolution in the point-of-view of a journalist.

Science & Health

We have finished our Solar System unit. We will take a break from Science until after ISTEP, then we will pick back up with a STEM activity.


Student Council

Student Council has begun an online lost and found on our JES Facebook page to help parents find missing jackets and sweatshirts their kids have left at school. Check it out and see if any are your child's!


Parents, if you have not signed up for Pinwheel, I encourage you to do so. This website will help you keep informed of activities, tests, projects, etc... that your child is involved in or has coming up. You can create an account and sign up for the groups that your kids are in. If your child does not participate in any extracurricular activities, it can still be beneficial to you. The school calendar is attached to Pinwheel. I will also be adding tests, projects, and other 5th grade dates on Pinwheel. It's really simple to do!

"In an effort to improve communication between Johnson Elementary and our school community, we are now using Pinwheel. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of a single source for all the information you want to know in a simple, intuitive system. You will be able to stay on top of everything that your kids are up to, and can receive homework and test reminders …as well as club meetings, practices, and game updates. Information came home with your students to help you to create a Pinwheel account." --Mr. Routt