Dear Parents,

Hello! My name is Bobbie Dinkel. I will be teaching ELA, reading, math, and writing. This is my 26th year with USD 489. I began my career at Jefferson Elementary and have been at Roosevelt since 1998. I have spent time at each grade level K-5. I love teaching fifth grade because the students and the curriculum at this level are so much fun!

ELA will be one of our trade classes so all the fifth graders have this class.  We will be working on reading and writing standards to supplement the reading and writing workshop curriculum.  This will include work with Greek and Latin roots, vocabulary, poetry, figurative language, grammar, and spelling.  Our spelling curriculum is new this year.  It is a program developed by Rebecca Sitton.  This program focuses on developing word and proofreading skills to enable students to improve their spelling in their writing. The program works with the 675 most frequently used words in student writing, called core words.  It does not focus on memorization of a Monday word list followed by a Friday test. Students will have a list of words to study, but these will be individualized and will be developed from weekly cloze tests.  These tests have 18 words on them. Five words are new core words, but the other 13 are words students have had before. Any words missed on these tests will be added to their “Words to Learn” list.  Studying these words at home is important because these will show up again and again on their cloze tests.

We are using the Go Math series again this year. A concern I have heard from parents in the past is that the strategies taught are sometimes different from the ones they learned. I will only send math homework when the skills are something students should be able to do independently. However, if your son/daughter is having difficulty, please use the math resources on our 5th grade website for help.

This will be the second year of our district-wide adoption of the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. I will be using the workshop model for instruction in both reading and writing. This model begins each day with a brief mini-lesson, and focuses on giving students time to practice reading and writing at their independent level every day. Individualized instruction is given to each student through one-on-one conferencing and small-group work.

I am looking forward to working with your son/daughter. I know this will be a great year! Keep updated with class information and your student's work through the SeeSaw app. Also, our 5th grade website,, has useful information for both parents and students. Don’t forget to utilize the helpful math links and videos. You will find a link to our fifth-grade site on the Roosevelt School site. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me. You can reach me at school (785) 623-2520 or by e-mail at


Bobbie Dinkel

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