Mrs. Mynsberge 5A
Misssion Statement: 
Mishawaka Catholic School builds disciples of Jesus Christ through faith formation, academic excellence, and service to others, in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Hello,  I am Mrs. Gina Mynsberge. Welcome to the fifth grade. I am excited as this will be my twentiy first year teaching fifth grade. I have a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in Reading, and I have a graduate minor in special education. Both of my children attended St. Joseph Grade School before the consolidation, and they graduted from
Marian High School and Ball State University. My  hobbies are walking, gardening, and reading. This year I will be teaching all subjects except Social Studies as Mrs. Lehmann will teach 5th Social Studies. I believe in challenging students to problem solve as they learn. I value open communicaion, so please email me if you ever have any  questions or concerns. 
Due Tuesday-Use the Advent and CHristmas VOCABULARY words in a sentence,
Tuesday-no homework. Please celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Due Thursday- Ch. 6 Review and Test Religion.
Due Friday-Advent and CHristmas  vocabulary test which counts as a Religion quiz.



** A special thanks to all drivers to STARBASE and The Little Mermaid.
     The class and I appreciate your time and your thoughtfulness.

** There is a Faith Family Day next Tuesday, December 19th at the St. Monica

     Campus. Then, we have DARE graduation at 1:30 on December 19th.

     Family and friends are welcome to the DARE graduation in the gym.
** The DARE essays were very well written. As of now, I have not been

     informed of our essay winners.

** Please remember to donate to our Books for Babies drive.

**Congratulations to Tyler, Nic, Christine, and Jacob Nava for placing 2nd at

     state for robotics. Awesome!!!! They came in 2nd for the overall competition so we are going to Arkansas in May. We also came in 1st place for our project/invention so we can apply to go to the global/international competition in June.



Religion- we will focus on learning about Advent and Advent customs. I made the students a packet from an old text we read, and they need to use this, as they will be tested upon the concepts in the packet. We will learn about the symbols of the Advent wreath, the three comings of Christ we celebrate, and why we have Christmas on December 25th. We will learn about St. Lucy Day in Sweden and Italy, St. Nicholas Day, and Las Posadas in Mexico, which reenacts Joseph and Mary searching for shelter. The vocabulary test over Advent words will count as a Religion quiz this Friday. I will also give a presentation about Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Reading- we did not get through my entire lesson plan last week, so we will read John Henry this week.

Genre-Tall tale with characters larger than life.

Essential Question: How can act of courage reveal a true person’s true character? Target skill- using details to locate figurative language, characters larger than life, a nemesis, slang, and an exaggerated birth story,

Spelling- The spelling test over Advent words will be next Thursday, December 21.

Grammar- we will learn about common and proper nouns. We ill learn we need to capitalize proper nouns.

Writing- we will begin our tall tales. I have a planning sheet and rubric for students to follow. We will begin with an exaggerated birth story.

Math- we ill begin our fraction unit finding equivalent fractions. We will compare and order fractions using a ruler, and we will rename fractions as decimals.

Science –we will continue to learn about matter learning about the qualities of solids, liquids, and gases. We will have a lab making a precipitate, a substance deposited as a solid form from a solution. So, students will see a chemical reaction and a phase change


Due Tuesday-Advent vocabulary words written in sentences.

Tuesday- no homework. Please celebrate the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe.

Due Thursday- Chapter review and test Religion.

Due Friday- vocabulary quiz over Advent and Christmas words that counts as a Religion quiz.