Fifth Grade Matters

What's been going on...


ISTEP+ is a thing of the past, at least until May. But never mind that! The kids did a great job of taking their time and then going back to re-check their work and answers. It takes a lot of stamina to do that and to not just close the book. I was very proud of them and the effort they showed. Hopefully you will enjoy the temperatures this weekend and do something fun to celebrate.
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It's Party Time!

Earlier in February we celebrated our fund raising efforts with Mayor Ditslear and some of Noblesville Fire Department's finest. The pizza was DELICIOUS and the company was fun! Although the squad of firefighters had to leave on a call, Mayor Ditslear and Fireman Todd Estes were very generous with their time. They stayed most of the afternoon answering questions that the kids had drafted and talking about themselves. Overall, it was a great experience.
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Let The Party Continue...

Last month we celebrated the final holiday party for the year. Many of the kids (and parents) realized that this was also the final holiday party of their elementary years. It's not to say that there won't be teachers who celebrate with a treat or two in the secondary schools, but no more organized chaos, I mean parties. We certainly did this one up right though. Thank you to Kristi Turner, our room mom, who coordinated and ran our parties all year. And thank you to all of the parents who supported us by either coming to help or donating for the games and treats. The kids definitely enjoyed themselves.

I wanted to share photos and of the kids for all who could not be here to witness. They were hysterical!



Preamble, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights...I've heard of these, but I don't remember!

We have started an inquiry activity into the many concepts and vocabulary that comes with the US Constitution and Government. These ideas are so thick and can be so overwhelming, that the kids talked me into another game! Well, it sort of went like that! To jump right in and start figuring some of these things out, the kids are putting on game shows! That's right, GAME SHOWS. We have Family Feud, Password, and Minute to Win It. Now, those are not really their names, but the kids won't tell me those yet so I'll have to update this next time along with pictures!

More Curriculum Connections: Themes

We are wrapping up our Literacy unit on Theme. During this unit, students were asked to demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to theme, including:

  • summarizing
  • symbolism
  • language: multiple meaning words and figurative language
  • messages and life lessons: themes
  • identifying and supporting a theme with evidence from the text
We have been very impressed with their insightful critical thinking and exceptional uses of higher order skills. To do this we analyzed music videos, short stories from our Journey's text, picture books, and their own writing during the memoirs unit. This week, during ISTEP, all 5th grade students have been creating a final project that reflects this new learning and the literary insight that has been gleaned. They will share their projects next week.

"I Lived" by One Republic

We analyzed this video for the use of figurative language and symbolism to find the themes, messages, and life lessons.

OneRepublic - I Lived
Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration


Art and Author Night

Tuesday, March 24th, 9pm

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

Come experience the creativity!

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30pm

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

Guest Speaker-Jeff Bryant, Principal at NHS