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Grade 5 News-

In Writing, students presented their second draft letters to Mr. Macfarlane stating their claim on whether or not chocolate milk should be served in school.  Students are now taking their arguments up a notch and are continuing their research to build a better argument. Students are now back at the drawing board and will focus on counterclaims, further evaluating evidence, and choosing the right words for a particular audience.  Students are using resources from Newsela and teacher provided resources. Students are using a variety of methods for organizing notes. Students were able to choose which method best suits their needs.  

Students have been divided into debatable topic research groups.  Students made their individual reading plans and are gathering evidence from both sides of the issue.  As students continue to research an issue deeply they will engage in flash-debates to test out and clarify their thinking.  In groups they will raise new questions that will require further research. Students will work on summarizing articles to gain clarity on how information fits into the overall argument.  

In Math, students worked in pairs to create anchor charts explaining a lesson from Module 3.  Students will present to their peers along with a problem for their peers to answer. This will be used as a review for Module 3 test on Wednesday.  Module 4 will cover multiplication and division of fractions and decimal fractions.  

Fifth graders continue to be a kind, fun, and hardworking group of students.  They encourage and support one another and they are true SHARKS! Keep up the reading at home.  Students continue to share their nightly reading with their Reading Accountability Partners. It is great to see the passion this group has for reading!  I stress the importance of finding just right books to challenge students as readers. 

Dear Parents,                                                                        

I hope everyone had a great summer with family and friends.  More than anything I hope your son/daughter is looking forward for school to start.  My name is Christy Nelson and I will be teaching your child this year in Grade 5. I am excited to meet all of the students and get to know them as individuals.  I aim to provide your child with a safe, warm, and inviting environment in which to learn.  

I am happy to be in Busan and a member of the BFS community.  I grew up in Aurora, Illinois. I moved to the mountains and worked in Yellowstone National Park and then attended college in Bozeman, Montana where I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  I also hold an endorsement in Special Education k-12 from MSU-Billings. I have taught Special Education on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and have taught 4th grade at the American School of Kuwait prior to Busan.

This is my third year teaching at BFS.  My husband Erik is teaching middle school Language Arts at BFS.  My son and daughter, Mason and Elsie will be attending school at BFS.  I am happy to be a part of the school community not only as a teacher but as a parent.  My family loves spending time outdoors hiking and camping. 

I look forward to working with you and your child this year.  Please contact me for any reason at


Christy Nelson

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