Welcome to 5th Grade
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. Josh has a bachelor’s degree in psycology and is working in insurance. Lastly, my little sister Lauren is in her senior 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.
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. 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 Wisconsin, Louisiana and the UP. We’re campers and we put a lot of miles on our vehicle! One of our sons is married, so I have a wonderful daughter-in-law to add to the mix. We have 5 grandchildren, 3 beautiful little girls and 2 busy boys.
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.)
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.
- 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.
|Immanuel Information||Social Studies|
|PowerSchool||Check your child’s grades||
States & Capitals Practice
|Parent Look Up – Check your child’s Accelerated Reader progress||
|Revolutionary War – Interactive|
|Civil War||Social Studies for Kids|
|Civil War – BrainPop|
|5th Grade Math Book -Online Resources (Math Expressions)||
Online Math book and resources
|Science Textbook – Online Student Version||
5th Grade Science textbook
Username “MMHG508”, Password “dragonfly”
|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 City||Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod|
|KidsSpell.com||Answers In Genesis||Defending the faith & Creation|
|Reading & Writing||English & Grammar|
|Homework & Test Help|
|Quizlet||Create tools to help study|