Anchor's Away in 5th Grade!

Ms. Strobl's 5th Grade

Week of February 13-17

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Upcoming Tests

Monday: Social Studies Unit 3

Math Chapter 14

Wednesday: Solar System

Friday: Spelling

In the classroom...


We are continuing to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen this week. The kids are split about 50/50 on whether they like the book or not. Paulsen has a unique writing style that people either love or it drives them nutty! Hopefully the further we get in, the more they will grow to love the book.

Language Arts

We are continuing figurative language this week with metaphors. As your child reads their AR book, have them look for examples of theses literary elements.

In Writing we will be working on writing stamina. The kids will be building up to writing 40 minutes without stopping in order to prepare for ISTEP.

I think the kids have finally gotten the hang of the new spelling tests! :)


We finished up our unit on statistics this week and will test on Monday. Then we will begin a unit on algebra (more like pre-algebra). We will be working on writing and solving expressions and equations. Students can practice these topics on You do not need a membership for this. It will let you practice 20 questions a night without a membership.

Social Studies

We will be finishing up our colonial unit this week with a test on Monday and our job fair on Tuesday. On Friday, we will begin our unit on the road to the revolution. We will be studying the American Revolution for the next month or so.

Science & Health

In Science, we will be finishing up our solar system unit. Projects are due on Friday. You can find the details and a rubric in Canvas. Ask your child how to get to it. Next week and for the rest of the grading period, we will be working on STEM activities.
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Student Council

The Student Council was able to raise over 200 items for the Clearing House. Mrs. Richardson has volunteered to deliver the food for us. Thank you to all who helped.

Drama Club

Drama Club will present their play to the school at 2:30 on Thursday and for parents at 4:00pm on Thursday. They have worked hard and have done a wonderful job with this fun play!

Chess Club

Chess Club tournament will begin on March 1st. Winner of the tournament will receive a $10 gift.

Math Bowl

Math Bowl will have their last competition for the year next week on February 23. Wish them luck!


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