Kirby's 5th Grade Korner

Class of 2023's Fabulous Learning!!!

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March Citizen of the Month

Congratulations to Brett for being chosen Citizen of the Month. He can always be found following the Bloomer expectations. He is trustworthy, responsible and makes smart choices all day long. He exhibits self control in the classroom. He is able to control his actions when others around him are struggling to do the right thing. He is a leader in the classroom.

Brett makes a difference at Bloomer everyday by being a positive influence to his friends. He always has a smile on his face and will politely greet you in the hallway.

5th Grade Career Fair

All 5th Graders in Council Bluffs had the opportunity to explore different career options one morning in March. Many students checked out careers in animal care, car care, dental work, technology and food service. It was a fun morning of learning!

April Citizen of the Month

Congratulations to Christian for being chosen Citizen of the Month. He can be found following the Bloomer expectations. He is trustworthy and responsible. He makes smart choices. He exhibits self control in the classroom. He is able to control his actions when others around him are struggling to do the right thing. He often is a leader in the classroom.

Christian makes a difference at Bloomer everyday by being a positive influence to his friends. He always has a smile on his face and will politely greet you in the hallway. Christian is also an active member of the Bloomer Safety Patrol and is responsible when on duty.

Math Workshop

In March we reviewed volume, worked with decimals and measurement quantities. April brought us more time to practice our skills with working with all 4 operations when solving word problems with fractions.


The 4th District Math assessment of the year was last week! This assessment measures student growth on standards all year long. After the first assessment only 1 student was Proficient, after the 2nd assessment we had 5 students scoring in the Proficient range. After the 3rd assessment we had 12 students scoring Proficient or Advanced!! Way to Go! This last assessment had 8 students who scored Proficient or Advanced!! Keep up the hard work!!


We still need lots of work on multiplying and dividing larger numbers accurately! Continue to work on reviewing basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts at home. We are discovering that knowing them fluently makes our daily work so much easier. There are many apps and websites out there to help practice these facts.

Reading and Writing Workshops

Reading fluency is a major part of comprehension. The faster your child can read the words on the page, the better their comprehension of the story is.The goal for the end of the year is 160 words per minute. We are continuing to work on this at school daily. Please keep practicing at home! A way to practice at home is to set a timer (microwave) for 1 minute. Read a piece of text and mark where you're at when the timer goes off. Reset the timer and reread the same piece of text trying to get farther this time. We will be checking our progress one last time this year next week! Don't forget those glasses!!


We have been researching and writing about different environmental problems during Reading and Writing Workshops. We're getting ready to use technology to publish our findings. We're excited to wrap up the year reading different fiction books and creating book trailers to present to classmates at the end of the year.


During whole class read aloud time we read Comet's Tale by Omaha Native Steve Wolff. It's the story of how a rescued greyhound helped him to do daily routines while suffering from a very debilitating spinal disease.

Global Blogging Challenge

The Global Blogging Challenge is starting in May. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to see updates and links for our Write About Posts.

The first topic will be:

1 - Tell a little about yourself to give us a sense of who you are.

I can't wait to see how the kids decide to share who they are!

Science and Social Studies

We are still practicing the character trait of self-control all around Bloomer. It's very important to us to get good at it since we are the role models of the school! It's up to us to show the younger students what it should look like and sound like in the classrooms and hallways of Bloomer.

During Science we've been learning about how to take care of the Earth better. This fun mining for chocolate activity helped us realize how hard it is to remove resources from the Earth without causing a lot of damage.

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Upcoming Events in 5th Grade

Creighton Baseball Game at TD Ameritrade Park - May 17th - 11-2:30 - School Sack Lunch will be provided for ALL students


Field Day - May 19th (PM at Bloomer) rain date is May 26th


Explore Kirn - May 27th - Noon to 2:30


Promise to Succeed Ceremony - June 3 - WILL NEED A NICE OUTFIT


We're also hoping to schedule a trip to the Public Library to learn about the Teen Center!

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