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Spelling Words

Spelling tests are done for the 2018-2019 school year.

Unit 6 Lesson 3 Spelling Words–test is 4-20-18





















Assignment Policy

Your child will have homework. There will always be something they could be studying or reviewing for.  There will also be regularly assigned work to be completed.

Assignments are to be completed as assigned, and they are generally due the day after they’re assigned. Exceptions to this rule will be written in the planner.

So what happens if your child can’t or doesn’t complete the assignment by the due date? One of two things will happen:  I’ll grade the assignment and unfortunately count the incomplete questions wrong, OR you send me a note with a plan for when it will be done and the student gets more time.

You, as your child’s parent, are the one who gets to decide if they have a legitimate reason for not having something done when it’s due. Let me present a couple of scenarios:

Your child comes home from school feeling ill. They fall asleep and don’t get anything done that evening.  They wake up in the morning feeling good and ready to go to school, but don’t have anything done from last night. 

                Your child comes home from school feeling fine and goes to play with friends.  They come in late and don’t remember they have homework.

                Your child comes home from school and you have to leave immediately for an older sibling’s activity.  It will be dark the entire time you are traveling, and it will be bedtime by the time you return home.

Each child’s parent gets to decide if any of these are legitimate reasons for incomplete work—just send me a note so I know that you know your child wasn’t finished with assigned work.

Thank-you for your cooperation,

Lisa Held

Welcome to Fifth Grade 2017-2018


I’m looking forward to experiencing this learning opportunity with you and your parents.


  • My webpage will be used for daily/ weekly communication.
  • Power School will be used to communicate your child’s progress.
  • Please use phone calls (school:  968-4416; home:  266-5143) or email  ( to communicate with me.

Staying Organized

  1. Fill in planner daily.
  2. Take home corrected papers daily; remove from backpack daily.


  • North Dakota Standards are followed and are found at the NDDPI website
  • Textbooks will not necessarily be covered from beginning to end.

How Teaching Happens

  • I Do; We Do; You Do or I model; we practice; you demonstrate.
  • Assessment is not always a sheet; it may be a diagram, model, project, etc.
  • Practice time is determined by need.
  • Assessment is independent.
  • Work time is quiet time.
  • Different strategies are used for different learning styles.


  • Time is given to complete assignment/ assessment.
  • Generally work is due right away in the morning the day after it is assigned. Exceptions will be written in the planner.
  • What isn’t finished during school should be taken home, completed, and returned.
  • Parents, please send me a note if the assignment/ assessment wasn’t finished by the time it was due; the student will be given more time. Students can’t just tell me and receive more time.


  • All tests are announced and written in planners.
  • Spelling tests will be at the end of each lesson and are taken electronically.
  • Tests are not open book.
  • Study your notes and practice your vocabulary cards often.

How It’s Done

  • Comprehension questions are always answered in complete sentences with capital letters and punctuation. We’ll practice during the first quarter.
  • Penmanship is always important.

Book Reports

  • Read books in your AR level and follow the schedule.
  • You need 18 book reports for a North Dakota Reading Certificate
  • Book report projects are graded according to a rubric that is presented before you begin working on them.
  • The grade for the AR Quiz is a reading grade. The book report grade is a reading or a language grade.

Website Information: North Star Public School—Elementary—Lisa Held

  • Planner Page that tells what should be written in the planner each day
  • Spelling words for the current week
  • Book Report Information
  • Assignment Policy
  • Fact Practice Websites

Book Reports

Book Reports are a chance to read a book and create a project that reflects things we learned in the book.  The book reports generally are an AR Quiz and a project of some type.  The skills demonstrated on the project are classroom skills that we have learned.  Materials will be passed out and a rubric (what you need to do) will be handed out as well.

Book Report #18

Read a chosen book from some teacher selected  books.  Take the AR Quiz.  Due 5-17-18.


Planner Page 5-14-18


Reading:  final STAR Reader

Math:  quadrilateral classifications

English:  none

Spelling: none

Science:  lab 4 conclusions

Social Studies:   dust bowl/ Holocaust slideshow

Book Report:  BR#18 is an AR Quiz.  Books were passed out 5-4-18.  Quiz due on 5-17-18.