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5th Grade Classroom Information

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Following is my classroom update. If you would like more in-depth information about 5th grade curriculum and links to useful web sites please go to my web page at  mrdemerest.weebly.com (Note-by clicking on this link you will be leaving Holland Public Schools website).  

Please continue to read with your child for 10-15 minutes every night.  A very powerful way to improve reading skills is to use a timer and follow this procedure:

-Set the timer for 3-5 minutes and read out loud to your child from the book they are currently reading for pleasure.  (You are modeling correct reading.)

-Reset the timer for 3-5 minutes and have your child read out loud to you from the place you stopped.  (Listening to your child should give you some insight into how they read.)

-Reset the timer again for 3-5 minutes and have a discussion with your child about what you both just read.  Can your child make any predictions about what is going to happen next?  Do they have any questions or are they confused by anything in the book so far?  Are they "Making a Movie" in their mind as they read?  What do the characters look like?  Can they describe the setting of the selection (What does it look, sound, smell, taste or feel like?)  How do they attack words they don't know or figure out situations that they are unfamiliar with?  Do they make connections to their own life experiences with those of the characters in the book or connections to other books they have read or movies they have seen?

Using the above procedure will help your child become not just a better reader but an all around better thinker!


Thanks for a great year! My observations and the data collected throughout the year showed great growth in students reading, writing, math, and thinking skills. Students worked hard and both myself and your learner appreciate the time and effort you parents put in.

Don't forget to sign in to Mrs. Pratley's EdModo page and complete the summer reading assignment! Follow this link for her email address:  kpratlety@hollandpublicschools.org



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Congratulations to Kira Rendon for being chosen as our class's WALL-STAR. Kira has consistently displayed "West All Star" behavior the past several weeks by Showing Respect, Taking Responsibility, Acting Safely and being Ready to Learn (S.T.A.R.). 





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