Conestoga Fifth Grade Blog


The fifth grade had a great time reading the story “The Scarebird” and creating their own scarecrows!  The students did a beautiful job with the elements of a narrative story structure and using this to enhance their understanding of the story.

Upcoming Social Studies Test

I wanted to let you know about the upcoming test in social studies on the thirteen colonies.  The test will be on Tuesday, November 21.  Over the next week, I will be wrapping up the unit and the class will be completing a study guide to study for the test.  They will also need to be prepared to identify each of the thirteen colonies on a map.  The students have filled in a map of the thirteen colonies divided into regions, and they should be bringing this home to study as well.


Any questions about this assessment, please let me know.  Thank you so much!

Meridith Eckroat



A few reminders…

~This coming week is parent-teacher conferences!  We are looking forward to meeting with each of you about your child’s first marking period in fifth grade.  Please try to be to the conference 5 minutes early so we can stay on schedule.

~Because of conferences, we will be having 1:30 early dismissals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.

~The book fair is also going on this week…Mrs. Falk and Mrs. Eckroat will be sending students down to the book fair throughout the week if they are interested in purchasing books.

~Cold and flu season is upon us!  We are in need of boxes of tissues and antibacterial solution.  If you can donate either of these to our classrooms, we would greatly appreciate the donations!

~We have had students bringing slime, play doh, and toys to school during the last few weeks.  These are a distraction to the students and those around them.  If the students are allowed to have these things on the bus, we ask that these items stay in their backpacks during the day.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything above, please feel free to contact us.  Also, if your parent-teacher conference time no longer works with your schedule, please contact us ASAP so we can find you a new conference time.


This week during E/I time (Enrichment/Intervention), we will be reading a story entitled “The Scarebird” about a man who befriends the scarecrow on his farm, and we will be discussing the focus skills we have been concentrating on during reading – conflict/resolution and narrative story structure.

This Thursday, as a culminating activity to the story, the students will be creating their own scarecrow on a large piece of construction paper.  They will use their own creativity as well as some of the characteristics from the story. We will be discussing with the students today that they may bring supplies in from home to help “dress” the scarecrow.  Twigs, fabric, straw, cuttings from an old pair of jeans, cuttings from old shirts, buttons, etc. can be brought in to add to the scarecrow.  The items brought in need to be easily attached to the background with school glue.

A paper about this will also be coming home in Monday folders today.  We don’t want anyone to go out and buy supplies…simply have your child look through old clothes that you are okay with them cutting up 🙂

If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to contact either Mrs. Eckroat or Mrs. Falk.

We are looking forward to seeing the creativity of each student shine through their creation!

Reminders for Week of 10/16

A few reminders for this week in fifth grade:

~ Conference forms with your assigned times will be coming home tomorrow.  Please sign and return them as soon as possible.  They are due on Monday, October 23.  If your assigned time does not work, please write a note on the bottom of the form or email us, and we will do our best to find a time that will work for you.

~ If your child is participating in the pumpkin decorating contest, the pumpkins can be brought into school on Wednesday or Thursday.

~ Penn Manor Pink Out Day is Thursday….dress in pink to support finding a cure for breast cancer.

~ PTO Bingo Night is on Thursday night.  Come out and have a great time playing bingo!

~ NO SCHOOL on Friday.

~ PTO is having a sub sale starting this week.  Information will be coming home in your child’s Monday folder.  Sub order forms are due back to school on Monday, October 30.

Friday, October 6 Reminders

Please remember that parent conference request forms are due tomorrow, October 6.  The teachers are getting together on Tuesday morning to schedule conferences, so the forms that are in on time will receive priority when we are scheduling conferences.  We want to make sure everyone gets a time that works for their schedule, so please make sure we get your child’s form by tomorrow.  If you have an issue with getting these to us on time, feel free to contact our child’s teacher.

Tomorrow is also picture day at Conestoga!  If you are interested in purchasing pictures, please remember to send the form and money with your child to school.

And, please remember that Monday is Columbus Day and Penn Manor has no school.  We will also not be having school on Friday, October 20.

This weekend!

A few reminders about this weekend in Penn Manor….

Tomorrow morning is the annual Run for Fitness at Comet Field.  Registration starts at 9:00 am.

Sunday will be the re-dedication ceremony for Conestoga!  We hope you can all join us at 2:00 pm.  More information is below.

Conestoga to celebrate reopening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24

Tree Houses!

The fifth graders had a great time on Friday 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…

Brown Bag Items

Just a reminder that the fifth graders’ brown bag items are due Monday, September 18.  The information about this was sent home this past Monday.  Each student was given a brown lunch bag….they are asked to put three small items in the bag that describes them.  We will share the items next week and do a writing piece on how these items represent them.

In addition, the fifth graders are having a great time today using their creative minds to create amazing models of tree houses.  We will be sure to share pictures of some of the creations in the next few days.  Look for your child’s amazing creation to be coming home with them today!

Fifth Grade Announcements

*Just a reminder that Conestoga will not be having a Meet the Teacher night this coming Thursday, September 14.  Because we did a “sneak a peak” before school started, we are not doing Meet the Teacher.

The following day, Friday, September 15, will be an elementary early dismissal at 1:30.  Because of the modified schedule, we are going to be doing a special activity that goes along with a story we just read during reading called “Rope Burn”. 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 that day, 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.  Please keep in mind that this should be a tree house that can be created in about an hour 🙂

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 a morning 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 or Mrs. Falk.