Welcome to 5th Grade

 

Classroom News

 
Miss Roberts
My name is Nikki Roberts and I am very excited to join the fifth-grade teaching team at Immanuel. I have a bachelor's degree in in elementary education with a major in language arts from Oakland University. I have been working with children and adults in various teaching and mentoring capacities for over ten years, and I am very excited to see what the Lord has in store for me at Immanuel.

Family: I grew up in metro Detroit with my parents and three siblings. I have an older sister, a younger brother, and a little sister. My sister Jessie is an occupational therapist and is currently pursuing to use her medical skills on the mission field in India. Josh is currently going to school at Oakland University and is hoping to graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology this coming spring. Lastly, my little sister Lauren is almost sixteen and is in her junior year of high school.

Teaching Philosophy: As a teacher, I want to create an environment where my students are inspired to learn and challenge their selves. I desire to assist them through every struggle, and rejoice with them in every triumph. I hope to instill a love for learning in my students and more importantly, a love for the Lord. I desire that every student who enters my classroom would leave at the end of the year having positively grown in their educational pursuits, become better problem solvers, creative thinkers, citizens, and ultimately better followers of Jesus Christ.

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Mrs. Siekmann
Hi, I'm Deb Siekmann.  I am one of the 5th grade teachers here at Immanuel Lutheran.  I have been here 14 years.  It has been some of the best years ever!  I love my job; I get to share the love of Jesus daily and I work with some amazing Christian teachers.  I grew up in Utica.  I went to Trinity Lutheran, Utica for grade school then on to Utica High.  I went to Concordia Chicago and received my degree in education.  The Lord led me to my husband, Tim, there at Concordia.  I taught a year in Houston, TX and a year in Sheboygan, WI before having my children.  Before teaching in my own classroom, I was a substitute teacher for many years because it worked with my life as a mom.

I am blessed with a loving family.  My husband, Tim, is also a Lutheran teacher at a nearby school.  We have 4 wonderful children.  All 4 kids went through Lutheran schools, including Lutheran High North.  They are now successful adults living busy lives around the country.  None of my children live in Michigan!  My husband and I spend much of our vacation time traveling to see the kids.  We try to visit everyone at least once a year.  We head off to South Dakota, Ohio, California and Texas.  We're campers and we put a lot of miles on our vehicle! One of our sons are married, so I have a wonderful daughters-in-law to add to the mix.   We have 3 grandchildren, 2 beautiful little girls and an adorable baby boy.

I have always loved school!  I get excited for the start of a new school year and I want all my students to be excited about school too.  School should be a place where fun and learning go hand-in-hand.  My goal is that my students look forward to coming to school.  Once they're here we can learn and share.

Favorite Verse:  Rom. 5:3-5  "...but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

Motto: Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone be the Glory.)

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Events

 
Choir Schedule

Academics

 
Curriculum - 5th Grade
Religion – Students study the Old Testament from creation, the flood, Abraham, Moses, the Judges, David, Solomon, major prophets, and minor prophets. Chapel is weekly and memory is twice a week.

Math - Continual review of basic facts is done daily. Place value, as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals and fractions are learned and practiced. Geometry, graphing, problem solving is taught and algebra and order of operations are introduced. Students who have demonstrated mastery of certain concepts may “place out” of repetitive content and work on independent Math studies.

Language Arts

  • Reading – Our “Book Whisperer” reading philosophy is that we read! Students choose and read novels independently, and small group work is done which emphasizes syllabication, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. We also read and study three novels from a variety of genres as a whole group, as well as organize and facilitate book club group discussions. Reading is assessed using DIBELS three times per year.
  • Writing – Writing is taught using the Craft Plus program which utilizes pre-writing and writing strategies to integrate the writing process, writing-craft skills, grammar, and conventions. Weekly and formative assessments provide evidence of learning. Writing is also integrated across all other content areas.
  • Spelling – Spelling is taught using the Reading Horizons based method of explicit, systematic, sequential phonics instruction to “prove” the internal structure and patterns of words. After each weekly work list is taught, all spelling work is completed independently using a spelling menu of various reinforcing activities.

Social Studies - The year is focused on U.S. history from the early explorers to the Civil War to Westward Expansion.

Science - Using a variety of hands-on experiments and demonstrations, many topics are covered including: universe, weather, animal systems, ecosystems, adaptation/survival, force and motion.

Physical Education - Skills are practiced for basketball, volleyball and softball/baseball. Organized game and team building skills are also incorporated.

Computer - Students begin to use a variety of technology to learn keyboarding, software awareness, computer literacy, hardware awareness and general Internet safety and navigation skills.

Music/Beginning Band - The students are part of the Immanuel School Choir. They also have the opportunity to begin playing an instrument as part of the Beginning Band.

Art - The art program includes drawing technique, a variety of art medium and technique, art appreciation, cultural and historical projects, and the emphasis of the seven elements of art.

D.A.R.E. - 5th grade participates in the D.A.R.E. program once a week for 10 weeks of the school year.

Parent/Student Resources
Immanuel Information   Social Studies
PowerSchool Check your child's grades States & Capitals Practice

States & Capitals Review Game

Accelerated Reader

 

Parent Look Up - Check your child's Accelerated Reader progress States & Capitals Review - sheppardssoftware.com

    Revolutionary War - Interactive
    Civil War Social Studies for Kids
    Civil War - BrainPop  
         
Math     Science  
5th Grade Math Book - Online Resources (Math Expressions) Online Math book and resources

 

Science Textbook - Online Student Version 5th Grade Science textbook

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Hubble Site Hubble Space Telescope
NASA NASA Space Program
Biomes
Fraction Tiles abcya.com Body Systems biology4kids.com
KenKen Math puzzles Skeletal System abcya.com
Math Games Sheppard Software
Protractor How to measure angles using a protractor Simple Machines Game Museum of Science & Industry - Chicago
Spelling   Religion
Spelling City Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
KidsSpell.com Answers In Genesis Defending the faith & Creation
Reading & Writing   English & Grammar
Vocabulary Games vocabulary.co.il
Verbs
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