Welcome to 5th Grade


Classroom News


Mrs. Prisby

My name is Kelly Prisby and I joined the fifth grade teaching team in 2014.  Prior to fifth grade, I was Immanuel's Learning Center Director/Teacher for two years, and have subbed at Immanuel and many other schools since 2007.  Prior to teaching, I worked as a CPA for many years in various accounting roles.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education degree from Oakland University.  I am trained in "Phonics First" which is a nationally accredited methodology to teaching literacy using the Orton-Gillingham approach.  I have attended and completed many other professional development conferences, seminars, and classes on a variety of topics, and consider myself a life-long learner.  I have a very diverse professional background, and teaching is my God-given spiritual gift and passion.

Family: I have been married to my best friend Eric for over 20 years, and have two awesome kids of my own.  My son, Tyler, is 19 and my daughter, Jordan, is 17, and both of my children graduated from Immanuel.  Tyler attends Oakland University and plans to become a high school Math and Science teacher.  Jordan will be a Senior at Lutheran High North.  They are both very active in many extracurricular activities which I love watching!  I love being their Mom!

Teaching Philosophy: Alfie Kohn said: "Learning is something students do, not something done to students."  I strive for a classroom that is a dynamic place for spiritual, academic, and personal growth.  I also work very hard to foster a classroom that is a refuge where all students feel respected and valued, in an environment that is gospel-infused, productive, interactive, and challenging, yet comfortable.  I hope my passion for Christ and education is contagious and my students are inspired to learn more.

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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 13 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 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 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, and Texas.  We're campers and we put a lot of miles on our vehicle! Two of our sons are married, so I have 2 daughters-in-law to add to the mix.  We were blessed with our first grandchildren last year!  We have 2 beautiful granddaughters, Taron (living in South Dakota) and Harley (living in Texas).  One of our sons is a Sergeant in the US Army.

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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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
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
Homework & Test Help
Quizlet Create tools to help study