Mrs. Ottinger


May 7, 2018

We have started a new writing unit. The focus is REPORT writing. Students will be learning about note taking, finding credible resources, evaluating sources and information, and then practice the writing craft in report form. Rough drafts are due on May 11, and the final drafts are due May 16th.

On Friday, May 11, we will have our 'Read and Feed' event as our PBIS reward. Students will be able to bring a flashlight to school for reading, but no pillows, blankets, or stuffies, please. Students may bring a small drink to enjoy with the popcorn provided by Mrs. MacDonald.

April 19, 2018

We are starting a poetry unit which will last for 4 days followed by a short unit on ecosystems. Three poems are due on April 26. The poetry requirements can be found on the home room google classroom.

April 12, 2018

We are learning about renewable and nonrenewable energy for SWS right now. Students are in small groups and learning about one type of energy. The 'experts' will later share their knowledge with classmates.

We also have MCA testing coming up in the next two weeks. Reading is on April 17 and 18, and math is on the 24th and 25th.

Ask your child about the book 'A Night Divided.' Students are completely invested in this book, and learning about 'The Berlin Wall' through historical fiction. The story is riveting!

March 21, 2018

We recently finished a writing unit, and it's been so fun to see student writing improve over time. It's one of my favorite things about looping - seeing the growth in a challenging area like writing.

Students will be learning about erosion, soil quality, some engineering principles, etc. They will be playing in some mud. Literally! Mrs. Rowley is teaching this unit to the Ottinger students.

With the end of March comes the end of our March lunch rotation and when students return in April, they will go to lunch at 12:05 with Mrs. Tellinghuisen's 5th grade class. The reason this is sad is we won't get to finish the very exciting read aloud we have been doing with Ms. Constantine's homeroom. (A Night Divided.) I will try to finish it during other homeroom times.

March 12, 2018

We looked at the Lockdown Drill with Options powerpoint and discussed student safety at school today. This powerpoint will be shared with parents mid-week, I believe. There is a video embedded in the ppt, but we did not watch the video as it might worry some students.

During WIN we continue to work on the project based learning unit called GEOMETRICITY. Students are in groups and are currently planning their part of a 'city.'

March 8, 2018

We are at the beginning of a new writing unit with the focus on writing expository or explanatory writing. Students need to be able to improve writing from one draft to the next and use the 6+1 traits of writing to strengthen their work. The schedule of writing is on the Google Class Room for our HR.

In WIN we will continue to work on the Geometricity unit.

March 1, 2018

Today in SWS for HR, we looked at a new unit called 'Geometricity.' Students will be working with geometric terms and figures to create cities. I'm not a fan of 'crafty' things and students know this, but it looks fun AND educational. Yay.

JR4H celebration has been going on in P.E. Kids work so hard jumping! It's fun to watch, too.

February 26, 2018

This week in homeroom, we will be finishing our mini health units. Students are demonstrating their understanding of types of peer pressure and methods of pressuring others.

We will have a series of four lessons starting this week, also. Our school social worker, Mrs. Dahl, along with our dean Mrs. Best will be facilitating class lessons on bullying.

On Thursday, our homeroom switches lunch partners. We will still have lunch at 11:55, but we will be with Mrs. Constantine's class.

February 20, 2018

In HR this week we will learn more about types of peer pressure and methods used to put pressure on peers. Students will work collaboratively to create a skit to demonstrate understanding (and to entertain peers)!

We will finish our read-aloud entitled A Long Walk to Water. This is based on a true story.

The book fair will begin this week.

Conferences are this week and next.

February 12, 2018


Students may bring in Valentines and hand them out on February 12, 13, and 14. Valentines will be opened on February 14 before we depart for Skateville.

Return Skateville permission slips and $8 for the cost of the trip.

On Friday, Feb. 16, 4th graders need a bag lunch and beverage from home because they will be attending the Kindness Retreat in the Chan Rec. Center, hosted by Youth Frontiers and aided by local high school students.

The 5th graders will have a visit to MIddle School West, but only for a short time in the morning. Everyone in grade 5 should attend, even if they will not be attending West. This is a good chance to get a feel for what a middle school setting is like.

Our read aloud is called A Long Walk to Water. Ask your student what this book is about. They might mention the connection to a Super Bowl ad; in the ad, the narrator mentioned that some people walk up to six hours each day for water. One of the characters in this book does that.