Escape Room!

Last week as we returned from a much needed break, both fifth grade reading classes participated in an escape room. Their goal was to crack the classroom code and escape the museum in time! The students used their knowledge of main idea and supporting details to guide them through the multiple clues, and they all did a wonderful job of working as teams in order to decipher the clues.

Scarecrow Supplies

We are reading a story titled “The Scarebird” next week during E/I and will then be making our own scarecrows. Mrs. Eckroat talked to the students today during reading about what supplies they can bring in. Old flannel shirts, t-shirts, pants, jeans, etc. that you are okay having them cut apart will be perfect. They were shown examples of scarecrows that students have created in the past to spark their imagination. Feel free to look back in the archives of our blog at past scarecrow projects.

All students were told to ask parent/guardian permission first before bringing a piece of clothing into school to cut up! All supplies can be brought into school by Thursday, October 31. The scarecrows will be in the hallway waiting for you to see them at parent conferences!

Let Mrs. Eckroat or Mrs. Falk know if you have any questions about this special project.

Creative Tree Houses

The fifth graders had a great time on Friday, September 27 creating model tree houses based off of the story “Rope Burn”!  They all used their creativity when it came to what supplies they used from home and school.  Here is just a sampling of some of the houses that could be found in fifth grade…


We are reading “Rope Burn” right now in reading.  This story is about a boy who learns to climb a rope with the help from a friend who has a tree house.  We discussed narrative story structure and how conflict and resolution add interest to the story through the plot events and the climax.

During school on Friday, September 27, all the students will be able to create their own smaller version of a tree house.  Today in reading, Mrs. Eckroat talked to the students about the supplies that can be brought in for the students to use to make their tree houses.

Please have your child look for supplies around the house that he/she can use to create this tree house…..shoe boxes, cereal boxes, popsicle sticks, etc….have them get creative!  They can bring craft or wood glue into school as well.  We are also okay if hot glue guns are brought in, but we ask that you write a note saying that it is okay for your child to use one.

Please keep in mind that this should be a tree house that can be created in about an hour and a half.

We do not want students feeling that they need to buy things for this tree house, and we do not want them making the tree house at home.   It will be an afternoon of creativity and fun in fifth grade!

Students may begin bringing their supplies into school starting on Monday.  Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Eckroat ( ).

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school, and welcome to fifth grade at Conestoga! Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk had a great first few days getting to know your children and introducing them to fifth grade. We have a lot of fun and educational activities coming up.

We spent some time during the last few days getting to know each other, getting to know the rules and procedures of fifth grade, and jumping right in to our fifth grade curriculum. Your children have also been doing a wonderful job with their new computers, learning how to use them (and teaching us a few things as well!), and being very responsible computer users.

We hope that we will see you on Wednesday, August 28 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm for our annual Meet the Teacher night at Conestoga. The fifth graders are working hard completing a few activities they are excited to share with you on Wednesday!

We also wanted to let you know that Conestoga will be having a spirit wear sale this school year that will be starting this coming Monday, August 26. More information will be coming home on Monday in your child’s Monday folder.

We truly feel that communication between teachers and parents is the best way for all of us to work as a team. Please feel free to get in touch with us whenever you have questions or concerns. We are looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Meridith Eckroat (

Mrs. Deb Falk (

Landis Valley Field Trip

On Friday, May 17, the fifth grade traveled to the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. It was a day filled with new experiences, learning about history, and enjoying a wonderful day spent together. In addition to having time to experience the entire property and the many buildings, students had a hands-on experience in a one-room schoolhouse. They were also given the opportunity to create scherenschnitte, the art of paper cutting.

MU Technology Day

We had the opportunity to have the Millersville University technology department come into our classrooms last Friday, May 3 for a morning of hands-on science. The MU students planned an entire morning revolved around Newton’s third law of motion. The students designed, cut out, and assembled their own cardboard balloon cards. They had the opportunity to race the cars against other students in our individual classes, and then the top five from each class raced their cars in the hallway. It was a fun-filled science morning.

Invention Convention

After reading a readers’ theater about an invention convention, the fifth grade had their own invention convention on Friday, April 26. The students had a wonderful time using their creativity to come up with an invention that will solve an everyday problem. Each class had time to share their inventions with the other class. We have some very innovative thinkers in fifth grade.