Friday, November 24, 2017

Week of November 27 through December 1, 2017

Hello all!

     Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and were surrounded by family and those you love.  It was good to have days off and get some things done, and now we surge forward towards Christmas!

These are the words that we will have on our vocabulary test on Friday, December 1, 2017.  We are just now getting to the Pilgrims, but also in our studies will be the 13 colonies.  Please find videos online or books to help your child study!


Region-An area that shares physical or human characteristics.

Climate--the usual pattern of weather in a place over a period of time.


Proprietor-A person who owns property or a business.

Diverse-showing much variety

Looking forward to seeing "my kids" again!  

Hope you have a blessed week!
Miss Mertink

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week of November 13 through November 17, 2017

Hello everyone,

     Looks like a warm week ahead of us and and warm Thanksgiving next week.  I sure am ready for some chili-eating kind of weather.  I think we have had enough summer.

     In Reading, we are still reading "Where the Red Fern Grows."  We are studying subject-predicates in Language Arts, and we are finishing up Jamestown colony and heading for the Pilgrims in Social Studies.  

     This Friday, November 17, we will have a vocabulary test over the following words:



Pilgrim-a person who makes a journey for religious reasons.

Mayflower Compact-An agreement made by the Pilgrims to govern themselves and make just laws.

Indentured servant-A person who agrees to work for a set period of time without pay in exchange for necessities such as transportation, food, clothing and shelter.

Puritan-An early settler who left England so he or she could practice a religion freely.

Northwest Passage-A mythical shortcut by water from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

commerce-The buying and selling of products on a large scale.  

Please help your child study for this short test.

May you all have a blessed week!
Miss Mertink

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week of November 6 through November 10, 2017

Hello everyone!

       Warm temperatures have things all messed up again!  Electric blanket out one night and the air conditioner back on the next.  I suppose it will all straighten out soon, I hope.  

     There will be NO VOCABULARY test this week.  I know the kids will be crushed.  Friday is our Veterans Day Program, so I am giving them the week off.  Besides, I will be attending a History Convention on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so it will be an unconventional week.  But next week we will be back on schedule.  

     In Social Studies we will be studying about the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown.  I encourage you to find videos about this very interesting subject.  A few years ago they finally found where Jamestown was and started to excavate there and so many artifacts were found.  In Language Arts and Reading we are still reading "Where the Red Fern Grows" and practicing the author's main idea of a story on IXL.  Please encourage your child to go to and have them practice different skills for different subjects.  They all have a username and password, so please have them practice!

     I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of our veterans.  I am doing a job that I have  always wanted to do and every weekday morning as we do the pledge, I tell the kids when the time comes to do the Pledge of Allegiance, "pay proper respect to our hard -working soldiers and our veterans.  Because of them, we are here to learn in a free country!"  If you would like to attend our Veterans Day program, it is on Friday morning, November 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Jarrell Intermediate School cafeteria.  Thank you again and have a blessed week!

Miss Mertink

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week of October 30 through November 3, 2017

Hello everyone!

     Such a crisp autumn day!  The weatherman is predicting that temperatures will rise for Halloween night trick-or-treaters though!  Hope you and your family enjoy a night out together. 

This week:

Social Studies:  We are beginning our study of the first permanent English colony, Jamestown.  I briefed the students on The Lost Colony of Roanoke and the Dare Stones.  Some were fascinated!  Others, kind of.  Now we study what brought the English settlers to North America in the first place and how they fared.  On Friday there will be a vocabulary test over the following words: 


1. colony-A settlement far away from the country that rules it.

2. patron-a person who supports the work of another person or organization, often with money.

3. circumnavigate-To travel completely around.

4. expedition-An organized group of people taking a journey for a purpose.

5. representative-A person chosen to act on behalf of others.

6. conquistador-A conqueror.

7.  drought-A long period without rain.

8. House of Burgesses-The first legislative body in the American colonies; in Virginia,  this body included representatives elected by the colony's landowners.

9. investor-Someone who puts money into a business hoping to make a profit.

10. empire-A group of nations or peoples ruled by a single authority.

11. cash crop-A crop that is grown to sell, rather than to be used by the grower.

Please help your child study for this test during the week. You may also have them practice on Quizlet.

In reading, we are learning the four types of sentences. They are:

There are four types of sentences in the English language:
Declarative sentence-simply makes a statement or expresses an opinion. This kind of sentence ends with a period.
Imperative sentence-gives a command or makes a request. It usually ends with a period but can, under certain circumstances, end with an exclamation point.
Interrogative sentence-asks a question. This type of sentence often begins with who, what, where, when, why, how, or do and ends with a question mark.
Exclamatory sentence-a sentence that expresses great emotion such as excitement, surprise, happiness and anger, and ends with an exclamation point.

There may be some surprise questions like the above sentences on our Social Studies vocabulary test as well!

I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed week!
Miss Mertink

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week of October 23 to October 27, 2017

Hello all!

     Hope all is well in your world and you are enjoying these nice cool autumn temperatures and rain!  I know I am!  
This week we are:

Language Arts:  we will be beginning the book "Where the Red Fern Grows."  If you have read the book or watched the movie, please don't let the cat out of the bag!  If you would like to check out the book and read ahead with your child, by all means do that!  Kids love to be read to and especially read with their parents!

Social Studies:  We are studying some of the Native American Tribes and their ways of life.  Ask your child what they are and some of the things they have learned!

We are finishing up our Thank you letters to the Veterans. If you have someone in your family that is a Veteran, please feel free to send me an email with their name and address.  We hope to get these mailed out on the Monday before Veterans Day. 

This Friday we will be having our first Vocabulary Test in Social Studies.  These are the words that will be on the test:


Migrate-to move from one place to another

Culture-A system of beliefs and ways of living that are special to a certain group, including their language, religion, government and arts.

Hunter-gatherer-someone who hunts animals and collects wild plants for food.

Agriculture-the system of growing crops for food.

Civilization-a complex culture that has made advances in learning, as well as in systems of government, religion, economics, and the arts.

Irrigation-a method of moving water from a source to where it is needed, such as for watering crops.

Adapt-to change in order to live in a new place.

Bison-a large animal that once roamed the great plains.

Economy-the system by which a group makes, uses, and shares or distributes goods and services.

You can also go to, search for Mertink, hit class and it will read Miss Mertink's 5th Grade Social Studies Class at Jarrell Intermediate. The link to the words will be there and they may learn the words by games, flashcards etc.

Cooler days and nights ahead! Good days and nights for curling up with a good book and a hot pot of chili cooking on the stove! Swaddle your child in a flannel blanket, pop up some popcorn and get a good book on the history of our country or a tearjerker like "Old Yeller."

Have a blessed week!
Miss Mertink

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week of September 18 through September 22, 2017

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Hello everyone,

     I hope everyone is well and anticipating the Fall weather that is bound to eventually come!  But Autumn doesn't start until Friday and the meteorologists are calling for temperatures in the 90's!  Oh well.  It is Texas after all.

This week we will have a test on Thursday over the following topics:

flag parts
flag etiquette
national landmarks

The kids have their notes in their composition book and they should have those in their backpacks.  

Just for some help:

The seven continents.  Please study them with your child. Also make sure that they know where they are located.   They are:

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Thank you for your help!

Miss Mertink

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week of September 5 through September 8, 2017

Hello all!

Oh, those lazy days of summer are now just a distant memory!  Fond days of lounging around the pool and sipping iced tea and reading a good book have now fallen by the wayside as we complete our first week of school.

     I am so impressed with the group of students that I have in the Fifth Grade this year!  How eager they are to learn!  

Here is our week at a glance:

Week of September 5 through September 8, 2017:

We will finish our classroom manners, rules and expectations Powerpoint, set up our Social Studies composition books, learn the parts of the flag and then learn how to properly hang our flags since the 5th grade has the honor of doing that for our school.  Friday September 8, we will have our first quiz over the parts of the flag. Please help your child study. The parts of the flag are listed below along with their position on the flag.

Parts of the Flag:

A:  Header
B.  Grommet
C. Union
D. Fly End
E. Fly
F. Hoist

We will also be tested on the seven continents.  Please study them with your child.  They are:
1. Asia
2. Africa
3. Australia
4. Europe
5. Antarctica
6. South America
7. North America

They do not have to know them in any order or how to spell them, but the names of the seven continents.

Again, I am so privileged to be teaching your children!  They are a wonderful group!  
Thank you!
Miss Mertink