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Grade 5 –

Westward Expansion Reports are complete!  Students can’t wait to celebrate and share these amazing, informative pieces with you.

Students are working on adding unlike and like denominators.  Students are using number lines and rectangular fraction models to solve addition problems.

Students are enjoying the articles on Newsela.  Students are accessing a variety of non-fiction text and using the Power Words option to increase their vocabulary.  Students continue to meet with their Accountability Partners for 10 minutes every morning.  In these pairs students interview their partner about their reading from the previous night.  Students ask a variety of questions ranging from something they would change about the story they read to what the story reminded them of.

Students have been summarizing non-fiction, identifying craft techniques, and comparing and contrasting non-fiction texts, and making inferences when finding big ideas among texts.  Students will put this practice next week in a summative assessment.

We are preparing for the science fair next week.  In this unit students have researched an endangered animal.  After studying the food chain and plants, students will make a project teaching a specific idea or topic about their endangered animal.  Students may bring supplies from home to work on their projects in class.  Please do not allow your son/daughter to purchase any items for this project.  One idea that we have stressed is reusing items as one attempt to help our environment.  This will require students to be creative in the ways they plan their projects.

Please encourage your son/daughter to keep up on their nightly reading!

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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