Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week of April 24 through April 28, 2017


Hello all!

      The picture above speaks volumes!  Oh, the long summer days of lounging on the patio, sweet summer smells of dill and onions wafting from the garden!  Summer nights of lightning bugs and swatting mosquitoes!  All soon a reality!  

     But first the last days of a school year.  Jam packed.  Now that our fifth graders have gotten a taste of Middle School with the Shadowing Days and Sneak Peek, I think they have transformed into sixth graders.  All part of growing up and leaving our Intermediate nest.  I sure will miss this class.  

     We have three more D.A.R.E. classes until graduation on May 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  Make plans to attend!  

Here are our vocabulary words for the test on April 28, 2017:


popular sovereignty-The idea that the power of government comes from the consent of the people.

constitutional republic-A form of government in which representatives get their authority from
 the people, serve for an established amount of time, and swear to uphold the nation's law.

civic responsibility-The duties related to being a citizen.

rule of law-The principle that the law applies to everyone, equally.

judicial review-The power of the courts to decide whether actions are lawful.



Have a blessed week and thank you for your help!

Miss Mertink

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Week of April 17 through April 21, 2017

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Hello all!

     I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  The last weeks of the school year 2016-2017 are going by so quickly, it seems like I barely get one blog done and it is time for another!  

     We are covering the last of the Revolutionary War and will be going into how the new government will be set up in the new country.  

Here are the vocabulary words for Friday, April 21, 2017 test:

Federalist-A person who supported the passage of the United States Constitution.

Anti-Federalist-A person who opposed the passage of the United States Constitution.

Bill of Rights-Amendments to the United States Constitution that protect citizens' basic rights.

amendment-A change or improvement.

due process-A citizen's right to fair treatment through the judicial system. 

It will also be the last opportunity to take The Preamble Test:

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May you all have a blessed Easter!
Miss Mertink


Friday, April 7, 2017

Week of April 10 through April 13, 2017

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Hello everyone!

     Old Man Winter cannot make up his mind...one day the air conditioner is on and the next we are back with the heater!  Just to be expected at this time of year though!

     We are finishing up with our Revolutionary War studies and are currently working on our D.A.R.E. essays in Language Arts and studying the brand new country after we won the war with England.  

     Since we have a holiday this Friday, Good Friday, we will be having our vocabulary and Preamble test on Thursday, April 13.  
These are the words and the Preamble:


Delegate-A representative or someone that stands in for someone else.
Constitution-A written plan for government that describes the principles and organization of a nation.
Compromise-A situation when groups on each side of an issue each give in a little to reach an agreement.
Preamble-The introduction to the Constitution of the United States of America.
separation of powers-The division of the powers and duties of government among separate branches.
checks and balances-The separation of powers in a democracy that gives each branch of government-the legislative, executive, and judicial-some form of authority over the others.

Veto-To refuse to approve something.


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Thank you so much for your help!

Miss Mertink


Friday, March 24, 2017

Week of March 27 through March 31, 2017

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Hello all!

     Due to the STAAR Math test on Tuesday and the STAAR Reading test on Wednesday of this week, there will be no vocabulary test on Friday!  Good luck on your tests!!

Miss Mertink

Friday, March 10, 2017

Week of March 20 through March 24, 2017

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Hello all!

     The above picture says it all!  I hope you have a peaceful and blessed Spring Break!  If you want to get a jump on the test that will be on Friday, March 24, here are the words:

mercenary-A soldier who is paid to fight for another country.

retreat-To move away from an enemy.

morale-spirits or attitude.

enlist-to join the military.

alliance-a formal agreement of friendship between countries.

See you in a week!

Miss Mertink

Friday, March 3, 2017

Week of March 6 through March 10, 2017




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Hello everyone!

     The week before Spring Break is almost as active as the week before Christmas Break!  The kids are getting restless as the days are getting warmer.  I think the majority of the Fifth Grade students are ready to move on to Sixth Grade.  I will surely miss this group when they go.  

     As we continue our study about the Revolutionary War, we will start to focus more on the battles and we will also focus on the hardships and disadvantages that the Patriot Army had against the British Army and were still able to persevere and win our country's freedom.  

These are the words for the vocabulary test on Friday, March 10, 2017:


VOCABULARY TEST #3-THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Boston Massacre -event in 1770 in Boston in which British soldiers killed five colonists who were part of an angry group that had surrounded them.
Tea Act -law passed by Parliament in the early 1770's stating that only the East India Company, a British business, could sell tea to the 13 colonies.
Boston Tea Party-Protest against British taxes in which the Sons of Liberty boarded British ships and dumped tea into Boston Harbor in 1773.
Intolerable Acts -Laws passed by British Parliament to punish the people of Boston following the Boston Tea Party.
Patriots      -American colonists who opposed British rule.
Loyalists-Colonists who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution.
First Continental Congress-Meeting of representatives from every colony except Georgia held in Philadelphia in 1774 to discuss actions to take in response to the Intolerable Acts.
Militia-Volunteer armies

Minutemen-Colonial militia groups that could be ready to fight at a minute's notice.

Thank you so much for your help and have a blessed week!  

Miss Mertink

Friday, February 24, 2017

Week of February 27 through March 3, 2017





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Hello everyone!

     Another week has passed and we are speeding towards spring break.  We are studying about the Boston Tea Party and why the some of the colonists (Patriots) wanted to break away from the motherland, England, and start their own country.  They wanted representation in Parliament and a say in government, but the King would not allow it.  Stress "no taxation without representation!" to your child!  We are blessed to live in a country with the right to have a say in our government. 

    D.A.R.E. classes are progressing and Deputy Jordan is very popular on campus!   The students like to write questions for the D.A.R.E. box for him to answer during class.

     Here are the vocabulary words that will be on our test on Friday, March 3, 2017:

Vocabulary Test #2-Revolutionary War

Continental army- An army of paid soldiers from the thirteen colonies.

petition-A written request for rights or benefits.

independence-Freedom from rule by others.

rights-A freedom established by law.

treason-The crime of betraying one's country.  


Also, encourage your child to learn the Star Spangled Banner and be ready to recite or sing it!  This Friday will be their last opportunity to take the test.  


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