Soda Bottle Biographies

The students had a blast creating soda bottles to represent the biographies we read. After presenting them to the class we displayed them in the library for the rest of the school to see. What a fun way to show what we learned about some famous people!

November Book Report

Just a reminder that the non-fiction chip bag book report is due Tuesday, November 22. We will share them in class. each student has chosen a non-fiction book, and has been given some time to read them in class. Once the book is completed students will write facts from the book on “chips” that will be placed in a paper bag. The bag should be decorated to entice the reader to gobble up the facts. A short paragraph and book recommendation will be attached to the back of the bag. All the directions and materials came home a few weeks ago. Let Mrs. Lapp know if you have questions.

Mystery Book Reports

We had so much fun sharing our mystery puzzles with each other. The students did a great job making puzzles to illustrate the solution to the mystery story they read. These are now hanging in the hall and you can see them the week of conferences.

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October Book Report

Next week information will be coming home for the October book report. Each child should choose a mystery story to read during the month. Once the book is finished students will complete a mystery case file to summarize their book, this will be supplied by me. I will also be sending home a blank puzzle. On the puzzle students should illustrate the solution to the mystery they read. These puzzles will be shared in class on October 28th.

Reading Curriculum

These are the reading skills we will be covering this year.


  • Character and Plot
  • Cause and Effect
  • Theme and Setting
  • Fact and Opinion
  • Questioning
  • Inferring
  • Text Structure
  • Sequence
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Main Idea and Details
  • Graphic Sources
  • Draw Conclusions
  • Generalize
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Greek and Latin Roots
  • Skills to Determine Meanings of Unknown Words
  • Multiple Meaning Words


There are 3 primary purposes for writing in 5th grade:

  • Narration or telling a story
  • Expressing an opinion/feeling
  • Inform/Explain

Spelling and Conventions